How to Paint an 83 Club Car Golf Cart Body

By Jamie Lisse

The Club Car golf cart is a classic golf cart that typically has some exterior trim that is a different color from the body of the golf cart. If you would like to change the color of the body of your 83 Club Car golf cart while leaving the exterior trim alone, you can actually paint your Club Car yourself. In fact, you can have it painted in only a few hours and be able to show if off the following afternoon.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Wet-sand the body of your 83 Club Car golf cart with 800- to 1,000-grit sandpaper. To wet-sand, wet the body of the golf cart, as well as the sandpaper. Do the sanding with a sanding block instead of your fingers to make sure you have a nice, even sand. You can use a spray bottle with water to keep the area wet as you work.
Step 2
Rinse off any remaining dust or debris with a garden hose. Dry off the golf cart with a soft towel when you are done.
Step 3
Move your Club Car golf cart into a garage or basement if you have it outside. This will keep any debris from blowing onto the cart while you are painting it. Lay down a drop cloth, newspaper or cardboard to prevent dripping any paint onto the garage floor.
Step 4
Cover up all areas that you are not painting with plastic and masking tape. Be sure that the areas you are not painting are covered completely, especially the exterior trim, so that you do not drip paint or accidentally paint in the wrong area.
Step 5
Apply two thin coats of primer on the body of the Club Car. Leave 20 minutes drying time between the coats. Purchase the primer, body paint and sealer from an auto body paint store. After the second coat, let the primer dry for 1 hour before applying the base body paint.
Step 6
Put four coats of acrylic base body paint on the golf cart. Allow 20 minutes drying time between each coat of paint. After the final coat of body paint, let it sit to dry for 1 hour. Two thin coats of acrylic topcoat sealer should be applied to the body once the base coat has dried. Wait 30 minutes between the two coats for drying. Once the two coats of sealer have been applied, the golf cart will need to dry for 24 hours before you can take it out and show off the new paint job on the course. Remember to remove the plastic and tape before leaving the garage.

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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