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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (28 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760315833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760315835
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This excellent book starts of with how to determine the type of paint on your car. Older cars were painted with either enamel or laquer prior to modern high tech polyurethene paints. The 3 types are incomatibale with each other so you must use the same type of paint as originally used. on a complete job, 95 percent of the work is preperation the only 5 percent of the time is devoted to painting. Paint chemistry, thinners and additives are all covered in detail as are supporting products. Tools, materials and safety are examined in detail including the selection of compressors and spray guns. Although about painting, there are a few pages devoted to removing dents and minor repairs to the metalwork that should be done before final painting. Preperation is covered in detail including all the stages of sanding, applying primer and sealing. There is a complete chapter on how to mask your car to avoid overspray. Paint application notes are quite comprehensive, and there is a 2 page chart on repairing imperfections and problem solving. Hopefully, after reading this book, you won't find any problems. Finally, there is a chapter on painting flames, pinstriping etc. --Model Engineers' Workshop Magazine

This is a great book it is the first that I purchased before diving into automobile painting and I still frequently reference it. It is a bit dated by today's standards but, still covers the basics very well. I also own John Pfanstiehl's Automotive Paint Handbook (which is also excelent) and Don Taylor's & Larry Hofer's Paint & Body Handbook and this compares favorably to both of those. Pay attention to the captions there is a lot of good information to be found there. All in all it is a great book and I recommend it. It is a great reference to have around. --Chris Sharman

HOW TO PAINT YOUR CAR tells you how to paint your car. It tells people exactly what they need to to a professional job! Its not as hard as you think painting your own vehicle. This book TELLS YOU! A great buy. Well worth the money if you are thinking of trying to accomplish the task of painting your own car! --JeFF

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Henrik Søderman on 16 July 2007
Format: Paperback
A great book for background information on car body painting. Very high quality COLOUR illustrations. Only backside is the american bias on products and cars ;-( - seen from an european point of view... But very informative and clear in text and layout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. W. Horsfall on 28 April 2010
Format: Paperback
Bought This book to get some insight to preping of vehicles, and what's required. Also to help with some smaller projects like bicycle frames.
The book gives more than enough detail for this, all the way upto painting the entire car, although not sure i would paint a whole car myself.
Well worth a read saved me and my painter lots of hassle, and also me some money, and helped get the project finished better.
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I wanted a book that would give me the information I needed to paint my car with some degree of success. I find the terminology and the changes in paint very confusing. My car is old, with lots of different paint on it, with varying degrees of panel repair to be done before painting. This book is American and some of the information contained is not that relevant and some of the terminology actually added to my confusion at the first read. But once I got past that I found that with each thumb through I became a little clearer on the process I would need to adopt to paint my car, i was able to pull from each of the sections the steps applicable to my process and the results that I want to achieve.

this is my only car painting book so I cant say if its better or worse than any other, but I can say its a very well thumbed read and has provided me with a lot of information which has allowed me to develop a clear process for painting my car.

I hope this review helps.
Banger
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DevInge on 30 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought it togethere with "The complete guide to Auto body repair" and I found it quite a complete guide. Maybe the most complete guide you can find.

The only thing you can not get from the book is how hard could it be to actually practice what they write. You must in fact go and try them yourself.
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