No, we’re not talking about the famous Will It Blend videos (We’ll wait here while you watch a few).
Back? Great! We’re talking about the technique of blending with regard to getting you a perfect paint match on your vehicle. If you don’t already know, here’s the broad strokes. Blending is a technique in which you spray a light coat of new paint over the existing paint so that there are no hard edges where you can see old paint next to new paint. Basically, it blends the colors together creating a seamless repair rather than an obvious patch job.
Blending is not necessary with all of our products. The pen tool, for example, requires no knowledge of this technique to be perfectly effective. But for larger jobs where you use a sprayer, you’ll definitely want to know how to blend with the best of them. It takes a little practice but it makes all the difference in the world. Here’s three quick tips to help you blend correctly.
The area you need to blend around the area requiring repair is usually very large. Depending on the location, there’s a good chance it’ll touch more than one panel of your vehicle. So tape off a couple feet around the damaged area. Even though this entire area isn’t damaged, you need that slow, even gradient of paint to transition from the new paint to the old paint for a seamless repair.
This gradient is achieved by “feathering” the paint. An adorable word, sure, but this technique requires a little practice and a steady hand. Basically, you want to lay down an extremely light coat of paint in the blending area—not even enough to cover what’s beneath it. That’s the point, in fact. You want a little of the old paint to show through and a little of the new paint on top.
Turn Up The Heat
This tip, interestingly, doesn’t have anything to do with preparing the area or applying the paint. But that doesn’t mean it’s not an integral part of the painting process! Moving your car from the warmth of your garage to the cold air outside can cause what we refer to as “orange peel effect.” You can probably guess what that paint looks like. You want your finished paint job to sit in the warmth of your garage for around 6 hours before it’s dry. Don’t forget this important step!