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Discover Why Automotive Paint Supply Stores or
Auto Paint Stores Should be Your First Point of Contact When Wanting to Buy Car Paint and Any Auto Paint Supplies.

The Role of an Automotive Paint Supply Store

Automotive paint supply stores or auto paint stores keep auto body shops adequately supplied with paint products, body repair materials and tools for all purposes. And service the general public wanting to buy car paint and all other auto paint supplies.

Those who work in automotive paint supply stores continually update their product knowledge using information supplied by manufacturers of paint and body repair supplies.

Some of the staff may not actually have any first-hand experience with painting a vehicle but their technical knowledge of paint products is extensive.

If you're a novice car painter, you'll be able to learn all that you'll require from automotive paint supply store staff, who represent your fountain of knowledge, so take full advantage of this.

When Visiting an Automotive Paint Supply Store

It is best to be upfront and honest with the staff and perhaps even bring your project vehicle to the store so that they can see it for themselves. This will help them to recommend the best paint system and auto paint supplies for you to use to complete your project.

Be respectful and ask intelligent polite questions. Don't expect the staff to drop what they are doing to give you lessons about painting vehicles.

They have a job to do and that entails primarily serving auto body shops rather than teaching auto painting to the general public. That's our job!

When is the best time to visit?

It is best to visit an automotive paint supply store during the middle of the week when they are likely to have more time to spend with you compared to Monday's and Friday's, their busiest days. If the store is busy when you do visit, simply go back during quieter periods.

What do they supply?

Auto paint stores should certainly be your first point of contact when wanting to buy car paint. In addition, they carry all auto paint supplies you could possibly need such as sandpaper, paint spray guns, masking tape, respirators, primer and beyond.

They also carry free information sheets and application guides for the various paint related products they supply. This information comes directly from the paint manufacturers.

The sheets contain valuable information regarding the use and application of primer, sealer, tri-stage paint systems and more or less every other product you can imagine using on the body of your vehicle.

Take advantage of this wealth of information at your fingertips to make your paint job progress as expected.

If you want to Buy Car Paint

If you want to buy car paint, auto paint stores will be able to match almost any color using the toners on their shelves.

After choosing a color, you can decide to have it in a base/clear system, a single-stage urethane, acrylic lacquer or acrylic enamel.

Very few colors are actually stocked in a ready-to-use mix, as shelf space would quickly run out.

If you want to buy car paint in a specific color that is not displayed in any color chart or paint chip catalog, realize that it will have to be made by hand using very time consuming trial and error methods.

Therefore expect to pay a lot more for this service than for stock colors (whose formulas are stored in company computers) because of the added labor involved.

This situation will occur if you request a color match for a repainted vehicle that you have no idea what color was used or who did the work.

In these cases, automotive paint supply store staff will ask you to search through volumes of color chips until the closest match is found.

Then the member of staff will work with specific tints until a suitable color is produced.

Unless a paint chip can be found that perfectly matches the paint on your car, the member of staff may have to mix by hand until a match is found if no other methods prove successful.

You would also be wise to ask how much sandpaper and of which grade you will need to properly prepare your car's finish for new paint.

Along with sandpaper, plenty of automotive paint masking tape and paper should be purchased. 2-inch tape works great for some tasks, while 3/4-inch and 1/8-inch works better for more detailed tasks.

To conclude, if you are ever in doubt about any stage of your paint job, ask a member of staff down at your local automotive paint supply store.

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