Your paintwork. It’s the first thing people notice when looking at a car. It can make or break the look of your bodywork and can go very, very badly in the wrong hands.

Car resprays are becoming more and more popular as a way to pimp your ride, but with popularity comes a lot of misconceptions.

Whether you are looking to redo your paint job after an accident, want to restore a classic car to its former glory, or simply need to give your car a little personality, it’s important to understand some things about car respraying before you take the plunge.

Can you do it yourself?

Well, technically yes. There’s nothing to stop you taking a spray paint can to your car, even though it fills us with absolute horror to even think of it.

Don’t believe the YouTube videos!  Spray cans will never give you a professional-looking quality finish, making your beloved car look tragically DIY.

Surprisingly, the DIY approach is also actually extremely expensive when compared with the cost of getting a professional to breathe new life into your car. Think about how many spray cans you’ll have to buy to cover a full car. Seriously, where do you even buy that many spray cans???

Not to mention that taking a few dozen spray cans to your car is dangerous, as most people’s facilities don’t include the proper filtration to protect you from breathing in toxic paint fumes.

Can people respray their car themselves? Probably, yes. Should they? Probably not!

So, take our advice and get a trained professional to respray your car.

What happens when I get my car resprayed?

This really depends on what you want, and how much you want to spend on your vehicle respray.

Some might consider a respray a ‘quick once over’, others a full paint strip and restoration, and some may fall somewhere in the middle. There’s no ‘right answer’ and it really depends on the finish that you want.

Typically, the best way to respray a car is to strip the paint back to the metal, which lets you remove any old paint, filler, dents or rust from the car. This is often the best method, but also the most time consuming and expensive, so you don’t necessarily have to go down that route.

For a typical respray, you can expect:

STEP 1: The car is stripped of trims, paint, and any mouldings, door mirrors, handles, or lights.

STEP 2: Any damage, dents, or rust is fixed as much as possible.

STEP 3: Filler is applied as applicable which is then sanded down and shaped.

STEP 4: A primer is applied which sticks to the filler and lets you paint on top of it.

STEP 5: Paint is applied in whatever finish you want.

STEP 6: The new paint is rubbed with a soft, sandpaper-like cloth to buff away dirt and dust and stop grime settling in the fresh paint.

STEP 7: The car is polished up until you can see your reflection in it.

How much does it cost?

Again, this totally depends on your budget and the finish you want.

You need to discuss your needs with the body shop so that you can get the best service in the most cost-effective way.

Autoprep Repairs is a car body repair specialised based in Exminster, Devon.  including, dents, alloy wheel repairs, scratches and scuffs. Autoprep offers showroom quality repairs at trade prices for everyone. For more information, head to

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