How to blend spray paint

Car repairs can make anyone feel a bit like the Jolly Green Giant! Having to overhaul such a large vehicle all by yourself, or having to hire someone else, tends to result in expensive costs.

And while it is tempting to try and save some money by doing work at home (especially when it comes to bodywork), paint blending oftentimes requires some time and effort.

blending spray paint for car

Specifically when it comes down to making sure the surrounding area is well sanded so as not to harm your car’s original paint.

Here in this post, I will guide you through the complete process of how to blend spray paint properly.

This guide will be really helpful for newbies who are hesitating in doing this work. But don’t worry this step-by-step guide will help you out in doing so without creating any mess.

Step 1 on How to blend Spray paint

Before you paint a wall, it’s important to sand and cleans the area. This will remove any dirt or grime from the surface so that your paint job goes on smoothly.

Be sure to wash the area with a wax-free car cleaning fluid after sanding and be very thorough about it because anything that you forget to clean could end up wrecking your hard work.

Now dry the area with a cloth. Preferably cotton-made stuff should be used.

Method to blend spray paint for car
Step by step guide to blending paint

Step 2

To protect areas of the car that are not going to be painted, use bits of newspaper or cardboard to cover those areas up.

Leave roughly 3 inches between where you’re painting and the rest of the car.

Once your paint has dried, you can then blend the colors together to make a transition between materials. Wondering the method to paint a car? Here is a complete guide to paint car with paint gun

Step 3

If you’ve got a big area to paint, consider renting a spray gun. To apply the automotive paint, work the can back and forth across the area in an even back-and-forth motion. The finish will look smooth and professional once it cures.

If you are working on an exterior car part, then you want to make sure to check how long it takes for your first coat of paint to completely dry before applying another layer. This varies depending on what brand of automotive paint it is that you use.

Step 4

Apply additional coats to your surfaces in this manner until you are satisfied with the color. For enamel paints, three coats should suffice; if working with lacquer, six to eight coats should do. Leave the paint to dry overnight.

Step 5

Apply an even layer of clear coat on the car in the regions that you’ve repainted to make sure your application is water-resistant. Allow at least 24 hours for it to dry before using the car again, but ideally, leave it up to 48 hours so you can be absolutely sure that your paint job will last.

Step 6

To avoid paint buildup, apply wax to your car’s body every couple of months. The wax prevents dirt and dust from sticking to the paint job.

When applying wax, make sure to spread it evenly and thinly over the car using an orbital buffer or soft sponge. I suggest you use wax-based polisher in order to get satisfactory results.

Choose a wax that has either a high Carnauba rating or one mixed with a synthetic polymer. Apply the wax in small circular motions using a microfiber towel.

This helps bring out full color while at the same time creating a smooth finish by evening out minor surface imperfections such as watermarks or bird droppings etc.

Make sure you’re not rubbing too hard because this will create scratches instead of removing them!

Step 7

The best way to find a potential difference in paint color is by looking at your car in natural sunlight.

If you can still see a difference after going over that area with fine-grit sandpaper, then wet sand it again and apply a shine restorer to the blended section.

Common mistakes when blending paint

Matching paint

To start the painting process, the first thing you need to do is find out what color or paint code your car has. Your car should have a label on the inside of the driver’s side door frame with a number and color on it; This is your car’s paint code.

Even though paint codes are fairly standard because they’re created and regulated by world auto manufacturers, it’s not like paint is a perfect science.

A seemingly identical color can have as many as ten variations if it’s mixed by an out-of-stock bottle or a different brand.

This makes matching the color very difficult; car shops should mix test panels to get the exact match in order to avoid surprises.

Unfortunately, even matched colors won’t be exactly the same since the paints and materials used vary from batch to batch – for example, sun exposure will affect fading which could change the color of your car by up to six shades over time.

Taping too close

If you’ve seen a car, truck, or another type of automobile that is freshly painted and it just didn’t seem to match the color of the rest of the vehicle, the problem was probably caused by incomplete blending.

Paint has a hard time “melding” together when it doesn’t cover enough surface area. The larger the surface area that is covered in paint leaves more opportunity for that new layer to “blend” with what’s underneath.

To blend the new paint in, extra coats of paint come out and start to overlap the newly painted area. Blending the new paint required a surface area that spanned almost two whole panels.

Some auto shops are known to skimp on the blending process to save money by using fewer materials and labor.

This can create uneven coloring between two panels which is bound to happen when too few people are assigned this part of the painting process.


It can be a challenge to maintain your vehicle when it’s time for paint touch-ups. If the paint on your car is already damaged.

The winter weather can cause it to break down even more if you try to hold off on repairing or repainting it until better weather comes along.

The paintwork will actually look pitted, giving an effect called “orange peel” which resembles the texture of an orange.

This gives you a great opportunity to choose Momentum Painting as your auto body shop because we know how to keep vehicles running smoothly all season long

Whether you need preventative vehicle maintenance done before the colder months hit or repairs brought about by dangerous winter roads or inclement weather conditions.

Our technicians are going to make sure your car is operating safely again and looking great in no time!

Everyone loves a fresh coat of paint on just about anything, and there are few things as shiny and beautiful as a car that has been freshly repainted to give you a clean slate.

You want your vehicle to look great, but you also want quality service so that it can last.

When looking for a car detailing company, take some time to read their reviews and think about who they’ve served in the past – people like you!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions so that you can get an even better idea of how they do business and why they would be right for you.

If something seems fishy or if you are receiving slightly stilted responses from staff at a car detailing shop, it may be best to move on.


The best way to smooth out the spray paint is to always shake the can of spray paint first. This mixes the paint evenly and prevents it from spraying out in clumps. It’s also a good idea to clean the nozzle with a pencil eraser after each use. Spray from a distance to allow the paint to settle in between each layer. Start with more paint near the middle and using less towards the outside edge to get the effect that you desire.

You feather spray paint by holding the can about 12 inches away from a wall and angling it about 30 degrees. Doing so helps the paint to spread out, making it easier to cover the surface without leaving any gaps.

Just spray straight from the can. Not too fast and not too slow. The paint will come out in dots at first, but then it will even out. If you go too fast, the paint will come out like a thick stream and the dots will be too large. If you go too slow, the paint will come out like a thin stream and the dots will be too small.

It all depends on the spray application. The main reason to get blotchy spray paint is the distance from the can to the surface. You shouldn’t just hold the can out from a distance and spray like you would with a can of hair spray. Proper spraying of paint requires you to hold the can up to about a foot away from the surface and apply light, even pressure. Also, you should allow the spray to build up for a second before beginning to apply paint, making sure that the line is completely even.


The complete step-by-step guide from my own experience is here, read the post and follow each step explained in this post in order to blend your spray paint properly without any issues in it.

Newbies should follow each step and don’t skip any for better and good results. If you have any questions then place them in the comments section I will try to answer them as soon as possible.

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