How to Paint a Fiberglass Golf Cart

By Jamie Lisse

If you have a fiberglass golf cart, then the chance of it being all white or beige is pretty high. If you would like to give your golf cart a little character, you can give it a new paint job to make it stand out from the other golf carts on the course. With a little work, you have have your fiberglass golf cart looking like a whole new vehicle in no time.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Take some 1000-grit sandpaper and use it to sand the surface of your golf cart. Be sure to use a circular motion for the best result when applying paint later on. This will take a bit of muscle and you should be sure that you do not miss any spots on the golf cart.
Step 2
Use a garden hose to rinse off the sanding dust when you are done. Once the golf cart has been rinsed, take a soft towel to dry off the golf cart. A microfiber towel is your best option because it will absorb the moisture and will not leave any lint.
Step 3
Move your golf cart into a garage before you paint it. You will not want any leaves or outside debris to land on the wet paint while the golf cart is drying.
Step 4
Use masking tape to cover areas that you do not intend to paint, such as lights and the windshield. Cover those areas with plastic and secure the plastic with the masking tape. Be sure that the masking tape goes right up against where the paint will end. If you have it over too far you will cover up where you need to paint, causing you to end up with an uneven paint job.
Step 5
Apply two thin coats of primer, such as Kwikure Epoxy Primer, to the golf cart in 20 minute intervals. You can purchase primer that works on fiberglass golf carts at your local auto paint shop or online at Amazon (see Resources). Allow this to dry for at least one hour. Then take your sandpaper and buff the surface lightly to remove any flaws like paint runs. Clean with your soft towel when done.
Step 6
Spray on your acrylic base coat with your paint spray gun and acrylic base paint, such as Shimrin Kandy Base Coat. You can get Shimrin Kandy Base Coat from a local auto paint shop or Amazon. You will need to apply three to four base coats, allowing 20 minutes of drying time between each coat of paint.
Step 7
Apply two thin coats of clear topcoat sealer, such as Polyurethane Enamel Klear, in half-hour intervals. This can be purchased at an auto paint shop or Amazon. Once this is applied it will need to dry for 24 hours. When that time period is up, you can remove the masking tape and plastic.

Tips & Warnings

Be sure to wear safety goggles when sanding to avoid getting fiberglass dust in your eyes.

About The Author

Jamie Lisse has been writing professionally since 1997. She has published works with a number of online and print publishers. Her areas of expertise include finance and accounting, travel, entertainment, digital media and technology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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