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The first step in preparing to painting is a detailed examination of the car. Special attention should be paid to tar built up on the body which should be removed with anti-silicone solvent, and to paint swells containing rust underneath. Damaged paint should be removed, and the metal should be sanded with sandpaper to smooth (if the crater is rather deep, it can be puttied). There can also be grease marks on the paint, they need to be removed with degreaser, spot by spot. After cleaning all the grime and fixing damages, it is recommended to examine the car body thoroughly once again.

The car is ready to be washed. Main tips: when washing the car at the car wash station choose the simplest option, without waxing and special agents, just a simple degreasing car cleanser, and drying. Ask to blow the remaining water out of all the nooks and crannies. Be sure to check for the water yourself and blow the water off, the car should be completely dry before you start painting.

Dempinox does not require car disassembling before a whole-car painting, but to improve the quality of the coating and increase its durability it is recommended that some elements are removed. For example, rare lights. In most cars they are fixed with two screws and their removal takes 5 minutes. It is faster and simpler than to mask the whole light with tape. In addition to speeding up the preparation process, rare lights removal will enable you to paint the body under them, hiding the edge of the coating from potential damage in future. It is also recommended to remove a radiator grille and mirrors, if it is technically feasible without disassembling the interior and removing the bumper. As to mirrors, when they are painted from all the sides, some paint settles on the door at different angles and creates overspray, that is why it’s recommended that the mirrors are painted separately. Make sure you removed weather stripping from the doors.

Next stage of preparation is body degrease. The power of adhesion of Dempinox composite to the surface of the body depends upon the quality of degrease. The whole body should be degreased, it is recommended to perform the procedure twice. Wipe very well the front bumper, the hood, the roof and wheel arches, as these are the places to collect all road grime and grease.

Before applying Dempinox polymer coating and completing the transformation of your car, there is a final stage – masking all body elements not intended to be painted. These are glass, lights, weather strips, and moldings. First, we have to choose a masking tape and a material we will use to cover the surface we are not going to paint. We can use a plastic film, paper, and other materials at hand. Specialists at Dempinox Company choose masking paper which is easy to cut into necessary shapes, it does not wrinkle from paint as a plastic film, and later can be removed in one piece. A masking tape should be resistant to solvent. Bad tape choice results in its coming off at the most inappropriate time. Don’t skimp on the tape, since a cheap tape may well leave an adhesive residue which is very difficult to clean off.

Important! Don’t rush, perform each prep stage thoroughly and carefully, especially masking the car.

When masking the glass, it is necessary to leave a 1 cm space from the edge, later it will make it easier to remove the tape after painting. Outline the glass putting the tape along the edge and remembering to leave the space, then cut a necessary shape from paper and put it onto the outline.

The process of masking the lights is mostly the same to that of masking the glass, you only do not need to leave a space. You should mask the entire light, the edges of the light should be masked very carefully so that when removing the tape you do not pull up or damage the wet coating. Wrap up the engine radiator with paper.

Moldings, rubber strips, turn signal lights and other small parts are masked with a single tape strip running exactly at the edge, which will simplify and speed up the following unmasking.

Door jambs can be painted or left in body’s original color. When painting the door jambs, we mask with paper the door panels and door frame along the outline of the body part to be painted. The door jambs are painted separately, with the door open.

If leaving the door jambs in their original color, you should apply a masking tape as a contour line, 4 centimeters apart from the outer part of the door frame, and close the door. Enough material will overspray through the slit between the body and the door, and the tape you earlier put in the door frame will create a clean crisp line instead of random spray pattern.

The right way to paint the wheels is to remove them from the car, and let the air pressure out of the tires. The tire will come off the rim and allow putting masking tape and paper there.

One does not always have the possibility and equipment to remove the wheels. With Dempinox polymer the wheels can be painted without removing them from the car. Apply masking tape around the rim, tucking it a little between the rim and the tire, and follow with masking the tire with a plastic film or paper. After the tire is masked, be sure to blow the wheels with compressed air to ensure that the masking will not come off when being painted.

When painting the body without painting rims, the wheels are masked altogether.

Painting only the wheels and not the body mask the tire around the rim, and mask wheel arches for half a meter to all directions, so that the material does not get on the body.