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Since I was a fourteen year old kid, I always wanted to have the car I am pictured having at the top of this page: A 1965 Lotus Elan.
This was the fabulous sports car driving on the British secret agent television series, The Avengers, starring Patrick MacNee, as John Steed, and Diane Rigg, as Emma Peel.
It took about thirty years, but I finally landed one, and it was probably once of the most original and finest examples on the planet– ironically, having been stored virtually un-driven for twenty five years, a mere mile from my home in Denver, Colorado. The odometer had barely 10,000 miles on it, and every nut and bolt on the car was original. The car had barely been broken in, and drove like a new car.
The paint on the car, however, had suffered somewhat, and being the original 1965 enamel, it was an inferior paint than what is now found on cars nearly forty years later. These days, modern urethane is vastly superior in both appearance and durability.
This is the story of how I came to learn modern car body repainting and repair.
You can learn how to paint your own car professionally, easily, inexpensively, anywhere, any time of year, enjoy doing it. Read on….

This is a web page built by a painter, not just another commercial internet advertising platform. Whew!
The pages has Unsolicited testimonials to show what people like you are getting from this page and my materials– so you know this is REAL, and really USEFUL info.
Painting your own car, and ending up with a professional finish you can be proud of is not nearly as difficult, and certainly not as expensive as you might think it is. Once you read through this site you’ll see that many people who have never painting a car before have used the information on this site, and in the download or DVD, and were completely successful at achieving this.
If you find this site helpful, then you can get further inexpensive and totally affordable online instant download information and/or the DVD. Sign up for the RSS feed too, because I keep adding new information and stories each week.
Your efforts in one weekend can result in a far better paint job than your local cheap OR expensive outside service. This is because you may care more than the actual guy working on your car for minimum wage.
Above all, have fun, and enjoy your finished paint job~!
We have now created a very practical and foolproof 80 page illustrated manual (color photo version download), 62 minute online video download, and/or DVD/CD that you may purchase and keep out in the garage and watch on any computer and/or DVD player – so please consider picking one of these up. These will be priceless for guiding and helping you. (I keep the price inexpensive, because these days, everyone is eager to save a little money where ever they can.) So, enjoy!


From: <>

Subject: Wow!
Date: Tue, 8 May 2007 21:33:55
Hi Neil,
My name is Jan and I live in South Africa. I recently (about 6 months ago) had my car re-sprayed by a “professional” spray painter after a struck damaged the rear door by backing into the thing. (It is a Uno Pacer SX ’95 Model and the paint work was real dull). It cost me R8000.00 (+/- 1150.00 Dollars) I was really disappointed when I collected it from the workshop. The hood still has scratch marks because of the rough sanding paper and seems like their masking was poorly done because of overspray and which looks like fine cracks close to the rubbers. I have also noticed that the paint chips very easily an figured out after my google trip that they must have added excessive hardener.
After a lengthy argument with no progress and a lack of interest, I decided that I would learn to re-spray and paint my car myself. Scrolling through endless web pages, (my own fault, searched: spray painting a car, without the space) I came across your site, read through and looked at the two videos. Man what a relief!
I didn’t know that there were still people out there that actually cared about delivering an excellent service.
You have inspired me. Thank you.
With a new fire I’m tackling tmine! God bless you!
J. Davel

How to Paint Anything
Made Easy, With Beautiful and Expert Results


As fall and winter weather approaches in most of the USA (and whenever or wherever else) the question arises:

Can I paint when it’s cold outside?

Of course.

In fact, the demonstration video was made while it was RAINING and it was 45 degrees outside.

Here are the things to remember for cold weather…

1) Make sure the temperature where you are painting is at least 55 degrees.

If it is colder than that, the paint will not set quickly enough, and will have much more tendency to run and drip. Even though urethane paint is catalyzed and hardens from chemical interaction, and will dry in almost the coldest temperatures, the RATE at which it dries is effected by ambient temperature. If it “dries” to slowly, it will run.

Although 55 degrees is on the cool side, and warmer temperatures will allow faster setting and drying, it is possible to successfully paint at this temperature.

If the OUTSIDE temperature is cooler than 55 degrees– keep reading….

2) Paint inside a paint booth, or inside a garage.

In such an environment you can easily control the temperature with heaters and heat lamps.


Don’t have a flame going where you are painting. DUH.

3) Outside, you can, as I did, paint inside a covered car port.

Hang up plastic sheeting, and warm the place up with halogen lamps, and monitor the temperature.

4) Avoid days of high humidity.

Moisture cures urethane paint, so any increased humidity in the air is NOT good. However– if you have heated the area you are painting in, and moisture is not coming in, you will be okay.

Good Link Here For People “Down Under”

Neil does his LOTUS ELAN
Fun With Body Putty

I learned how to paint a car is because I simply could not afford the several thousand dollars it would have cost me to have someone else paint a rare collector car that I owned.
I was fortunate enough to belong to my local Lotus car club and met several boni-fide restoration experts, among them Mr. Vic Cooper in Denver. He regularly repairs and repaints the most expensive, the most exotic passenger and race cars, from Lotuses to Lambos to hot rods, and people call on him from all over the country to repair valuable vehicles. Over a long period of time he taught me how to do the highest level of body repair and car painting. Since I am a writer and film maker (and he and other experts I knew are not), I translated everything I learned from him into a form that people could easily learn from right off the web. Over the years as I continued to refine my painting knowledge and technique, I further recieved help from an exceptionally good paint shop in Denver that specializes in automotive refinishing.
Initially I spent months learning what works and what doesn’t work. When I was done I had done my first car, my white Lotus on the book cover. It turned out perfectly. The method I used can be applied to any vehicle, fancy or plain, big or small, boat or car, truck, bike, or motorcycle.

Since this first project, I’ve continued to this day learning more about painting that I pass on to my readers and friends, and the feedback that you can read on this site is testimony that this is good advice.
There are many painting books available that look good on the surface, but in practical use are overly-complicated and have irrelevant information for most people and most situations. I am the author of five books, and my goal here is to make material available that WORKS as advertised, and teaches you how to paint in the same manner as I have learned myself from my own teachers, themselves respected masters of automotive painting for decades.
You may find yourself considering painting your vehicle- either a utilitarian commuter car, or a show car, but without having done this previously, or have done it making many mistakes and not having things turn out so good. You may not know anyone who knows how to do this, or has the time to show you.
I will show you, because it is my business teaching people- and I’ve been a teacher for 35 years.

To paint a car properly you will need a spray gun, a compressor, the paint, some miscellaneous small tools, sandpaper, and a certain amount of patience. Do it in a car port, garage, paint booth, or even in your driveway- Decide what is best for you.
You can borrow or rent the gun and compressor and save money that way, and pay about $100 for the paint and sandpaper, and if you read the instructions you can come up with a decent paint job on most cars. You will also need odds and ends which you may or may not have, light solvents, gloves, an air respirator, and other small items necessary for painting.
Or, you can spend about $250 on the gun and compressor, own it permanently and do lots of things with it for the rest of your life- like paint your house, air clean stuff, run other tools with it, etc.
If you have a special car or a collector car, plan on spending extra time sanding and re-sanding, and fine sanding, and polishing, and correcting your mistakes, and doing body work.
If you just want to quickly re-spray your car, and don’t have many body repairs to do, this can be accomplished in a single day at little expense, and you can end up with a very very nice looking car in the end.
If you don’t have an extra $3000 sitting around, this may be your only choice- AND you can do it, and come up with an absolutely gorgeous job. I will show you how, and my methods come from THE BEST EXPERTS possible.
If you just have an old car and would rather do it yourself than spend $300 or $400 at the budget shops for a mediocre job that they will do, you can do it quickly and end up with a finish as good if not better than such shops, and spend a minimum amount of time doing it- although you will still need the materials and equipment you don’t already own, and a place to do it.
You can get the download or DVD (it is dirt cheap), or just read through the basics on this page and get a good idea of what you will need to do.
Okay….you decide. No bull here. The best painting adventure to you!

—- Original Message —–
From: Myron Wilson
To: Neil Slade’s Amazing Brain Adventure
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2006 3:09 PM

Just got the video, thought it was great. I took a class and you covered 8 weeks of school in 1 hour and added some things to boot. Take care, – Myron

—– Original Message —–
From: George Weston
I saw another very fancy web page on this subject, and the guy was spraying indoors WITHOUT A MASK!! In many demonstrations—!! I sure won’t be buying their information- yow!! Man, if they haven’t even got THAT right…. eeek!

On forward to The Heart Of Painting Step By Step

—– Original Message —–
From: Ben Cheatham <>

Subject: Want to say thanks
Hi Neil,
I ordered your video quite some time ago. I’m restoring a ’72 240Z and planned on doing it myself. Well a friend of mine was replacing all of the fairings on his motorcycle and needed his gas tank to match. Figured this would be a perfect opportunity for me to learn before tackling my car. I told him I would do it for free so long as he supplied all the materials. After watching your videos and reading your pdf again, I went ahead and dove headfirst into this tank. Let me tell ya, your tutorials really helped a lot. They gave me an awesome basic knowledge and whatnot that I probably couldn’t have gotten anywhere else. I just wanted to tell you thanks for helping me out, it’s really appreciated. Here is the gastank (and cowl that I haven’t finished yet) so you can see how it turned out…rtank.htm
Thanks again, Ben Cheatham



What about fixing RUST?

Cold Weather and Winter Painting

MIRACLE $300 Mid Winter Repair/Paint Example

Compressor Settings For Paint
Jim Lyons- Painting Automotive Master and his Review of Neil’s “Easy Paint Your Car Pro” on his Talking Car Paint Blog
The $50 Dollar $50 Buck Paint Job MYTH
Why Should I Paint My Own Car Myself?
Will Clear Cover and Hide Small Pits In the Surface?
What About Small Rust Spots?
What is WATERPROOF Sandpaper and when do I use it?
Do I Paint My WHOLE Car, or Can I Paint Just Part Of It?
Proper HVLP Spray Technique

From: “Scott Moore” <>

Best $9.95 I have ever spent!!! I have been working on a 1963 Chevy Belair that, yes, belonged to a little old lady! …..

Thanks for the Great tips!!!! Keep it up!
Scott Moore

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