by Jenny Carver
Red taillights image by Michael Shake from Fotolia.com
A car spoiler is an accessory that is attached to the rear of the car, most often on the trunk lid. Car spoilers are sometimes called wings. Spoilers that are attached to a car directly from the manufacturer are usually painted to match the car. Spoilers that are purchased as aftermarket accessories can be purchased raw, that is, without paint or primer, or prepared, which means they are primed and ready to paint or paint. Learn how to paint a car spoiler because most spoilers are bought raw.
Place the spoiler on a flat surface, such as a table or concrete. Use 200-grit sandpaper to evenly sand the entire spoiler. Use your hand against the sandpaper, not an air sander or sanding block.
Straighten a wire hanger and make a small hook at one end. Place the hook into a bolt hole in the spoiler. Hang the wire from a high position, like a beam inside a garage or the branch of a tree. This makes all areas of the spoiler accessible for painting, but also prevents it from touching the ground. Twist the masking tape and place it inside each bolt and screw hole so they don’t get clogged with primer and paint.
Twist the masking tape and place it inside each bolt and screw hole so they don’t get clogged with primer and paint. Clean the spoiler with a wax and grease remover with a microfiber towel. This removes sanding dust, grease, and oil from your handprints.
Spray a coat of primer over the spoiler. Let it dry for a full hour. Remove the spoiler from the wire hook and place it on a flat surface. Lay newspaper to act as a cushion under the areas that sit on the surface.
Use the 300-grit sandpaper to smoothly and evenly sand the entire spoiler, smoothing the primer coat. Make sure not to sand completely through the primer coat. Sanding the primer in places is fine. Hang up the spoiler and re-clean it with a wax and grease remover.
Spray a thin coat of paint on the entire surface of the spoiler. Wait 15 to 30 minutes and then spray another thin coat of paint. A total of three or four layers can be used.
Apply two to three coats of clear paint over the spoiler. Remove the tape from the bolt holes. Let the spoiler dry completely for several hours before installing it in a car.
- Never sand or spray paint in an enclosed area. If you use a garage, open all doors and windows for maximum ventilation.
Articles will need
- 200 grit sandpaper
- 300-grit sandpaper
- Clear coat paint
- Wax and grease remover
- Microfiber Towels
- Wire hangers
- Scotch tape