Paining at any surface is not an easy task for the common people. When you approach to paint the golf cart, it is a more difficult task as you are amateur or have no previous experience in painting. Don’t worry; you can paint your golf cart with any color that you wish if only follow our details guideline ‘how to paint a golf cart.’ Just keep in mind that you should complete your painting task two days before planning to use the cart.
Clean your cart: First of all, it is very important to remove all dirt and grime from the cart to avoid coats of paint to flake or peel. Then hose off the soap with cold water and wash the cart gently with the oil-based dish soap. Next, dry off the cart with a towel and never put paint on the cart until it gets completely dry.
Now mix the dish soap in a bucket with cold water and apply the mixture to the cart using sponge or rag. You should clean the inside of the cart in a way so that there has no trash remaining to give it a fresh look when you finished the painting.
Strip the golf cart: Before going to paint the cart, you should take off some parts of the cart that you do not want painting. If you do not so, these parts will be surpassed with paint during painting the cart, so remove these parts cautiously. Moreover, you should remove the roof, bumpers, and other parts of the frame that you do not want to paint. Make a note or trace these removal items to restore them correctly later.
Masking tape: All the parts of the cart are not removable. So, you can take the help of masking tape where the paint will not go. Apply masking tape on logos, license plates, and decals that wish to keep visible. Now, wrap the outer edge of the windows to keep away from paint during spraying.
Sand down the body of the cart: Rub-down the certain area in a circular motion to remove any old paint. Make sure there is no sign of previous paint due to making a firm pressure while rubbing the surface with sandpaper. You can use a microfiber cloth to remove any sanding dust after you have done sanding.
Apply Paint Primer: It is very important to prevent peeling something after making paint on the cart. Spray paint primer gently on the plastic surface or body of the cart and wait nearly twenty minutes before making final paint on the cart. In addition, you can follow the primer’s packing instruction for time duration about how long it takes to dry out.
Acrylic spray paint: Which paint is better for the golf cart? Undoubtedly an acrylic paint is better to plastic surfaces, so avoid vinyl, lacquer, enamel, or chalkboard spray paints. Purchase one standard can with the right color from the shop and try to go with plastic fusion spray paint, which is ideal for smooth surfaces.
Apply a base coat of paint: Go with a base coat so that it sticks well to the primer. In fact, the base coat drives perpendicular paint in the spraying areas. Spray the base coat from the horizontal side and try to apply one layer at a time. You should apply short spurts instead of a constant stream and go with two or three coats in most cases.
Gape between coats: It is very important to take a break between coats. After making the first coat, you should wait twenty or thirty minutes to make it distinct. It would be best to let the first coat dry out and wait for sufficient time before getting to the second coat.
Apply more coats for perfect color: It is standard to make three coats in minimum number to get the desired color. Each coat will give you richer or deeper color, but you should apply more coats until getting the desired color. After making three coats, if you don’t get the perfect color can try more numbers to get what colors you really want.
Remove masking tape: It is also important to remove masking tape in the right time. You should remove masking tape within ten minutes of spraying paints to give a crisp finish. To keep it nice or avoid smudging, you shouldn’t touch the paint with gloves or anything else.
Apply acrylic sealant: When you get the desired color, you should use an acrylic sealant to make it sustainable for a long time. In addition, acrylic sealant makes your coat secure and give your cart a glossy finish. You can use the acrylic sealant like a spray through a spray can. If you don’t use this before, it will be comfortable to go with a spray can. You should wait for thirty minutes to finish the process. One coat could be standard, but one more coat can give it an optional protective layer; you should have about thirty minutes gape between the two coats.
Clean up the area: After completing the total painting process, clean the golf cart carefully. Make sure there is no scratches produce during clean the cart; in this aspect, you can use smooth clothe.
Let your cart for proper dry: Most of the sealant comes to the dry nearly after two hours, but you should let your cart at least twenty four hours for perfect dry. It needs enough time to get fully set after painting. So, keeps your cart outside the garage for the whole day, opening doors and windows for proper air circulation inside the cart. In this time, don’t touch the cart and possibly avoid fingerprint smudges.
Now, reinstall all the parts they are removed before painting the cart, and ensure the cart is thoroughly dried. Before going out with the cart, please check the weather updates because it will not be a wise decision to go out on the very next day of painting if the weather looks stormy. The cart is not ready for receiving wind or rain following a day of painting. So, go out with the cart on a sunny day and enjoy the journey.