How to Fix Peeling Paint on Your Vehicle?

How to Fix Peeling Paint on Your Car?


This guide is for people who need to fix their vehicle’s peeling paint job. The steps in this guide can be applied to any vehicle, only if all the steps are followed carefully.

Car’s paint has its own lifespan, after which the paint starts to fade which gives a very unpleasant look. Also, some people live in different weather conditions i.e. high temperatures, humidity level, altitude levels, frequent exposure to water, etc. for which the vehicle is not designed and due to this, the paint may wear faster than it was supposed to be. With such weather conditions, not only the paint wears off but it affects other parts of the car’s body as well. For example, a rise in altitude can cause the car to be less efficient due to change in atmospheric pressure, exposure to water can cause the car’s body to corrode, the same problem can be caused by high humidity levels. High temperatures can cause the car’s plastic parts to melt and hence damage the car. Though all these issues need to be addressed, this very guide is to address the paint fading issue so, let’s get down with it.

Below images show a damaged paint coating of a car.

We followed the steps and tools mentioned below on this car and you can see the result at the end as well.


Tools Required

To get rid of this unpleasant faded paint coating, you’ll need the following tools.

  1. Grinding Machine
  2. Sandpaper Disk i.e. 220 grit and 400 grit
  3. Wood/ Rubber Mallet (for dents removal)
  4. Primer Coat (Primer ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability, and provides additional protection for the material being painted. In our case, we used building primer)
  5. Sealer (a polymer based car wax)
  6. Paint (in our case, black)


  1. First, you need to remove the original paint of the damaged area. For that, you have to install the 220 grit sandpaper disk in the grinding machine.
  2. Start removing the damaged paint with the grinding machine.
  3. While sanding, keep checking the sanded surface. If there are any irregular bumps or rough surfaces, do make it plain and smooth, else you would not get a clean paint job.
  4. Once you are done with removal of damaged paint, it is time for the primer coat.
  5. Spray primer coat all over the grinded surfaces.

(you would end up with a car looking like this)



  1. Let the primer dry.
  2. With primer coat, the grinded surface may become unleveled, so you need to sand it via grinding machine and smoothen it.
  3. Reapply primer coat. This is the final primer coating.
  4. Since building primer is tough, you would have to install 400 grit sandpaper to the grinding machine.
  5. Sand all the primer coat till it is plain and smooth.
  6. Next, you need to apply sealer (wax) to the car’s body.
  7. After the wax, apply paint to the car’s body.
  8. Let the paint dry.

(After following all these steps, you would end up with a fresh paint job as the car below)



  • When using grinding machine, handle the machine with a firm grip, or you may cause a dent on the vehicle’s body.
  • When sanding, properly level all the damaged surfaces.
  • Make sure you spray the prime coat properly.
  • Wear safety goggles and face mask. Paint contains chemicals which may damage your health.
  • Wear apron over your clothes, or you may end up painting your clothes too.

That is all. Hope this guide will provide the necessary information to fix your car paint on your own.