Electrocars for movement on courses for a golf image by Ivan Hafizov from Golf carts are usually painted in green or off-white colors. These shades are fine for run-of-the-mill golf rentals, but if you own a golf cart, you may want to make it stand out. Add a touch of creativity and show off your style with a new paint job. Not only can you change the base color, but you can also add flames, racing stripes, or checkerboard patterns. Your creativity is your only limit.
Sand the body of your golf cart with a fine grit sandpaper. Use a circular motion and firm pressure on the areas you wish to paint. This process, known as “finish roughing,” provides grooves in the surface for the paint to adhere to, making application easier.
Use a hose to remove the dust caused by the sandpaper. Let the stroller air dry completely or towel dry if you’re in a hurry.
Use masking tape and plastic bags to seal off any areas you don’t want to paint. These areas may include the seats, the steering wheel, and the controls. You can also use masking tape to cover specific areas of the cart body to create a pattern.
Prime the golf cart with a thin coat of spray primer. There are paints on the market designed to adhere to plastic surfaces. If the coat looks too thin, add a second coat 20-30 minutes later. If you’re painting a light color over a darker color, you may need an additional coat. Let the primer dry.
Paint the golf cart the color of your choice with acrylic or plastic fusion spray paint. You may need to apply multiple coats to achieve the desired color depth. Allow some time between coats to allow the paint to set; usually about 30 minutes is enough. Allow additional drying time in humid environments.
Protect your new paint job with a coat of sealer, which is available at home improvement stores. The sealer is applied like any other coat of paint. It will help preserve the shiny finish of your cart.
Remove the tape and bags. Let your cart dry for at least 24 hours. If you are making a pattern on the body, let the paint dry completely before gluing down the next section, otherwise the tape will remove the paint.
- An alternative option to painting is to apply a body wrap to your cart. Specialty companies produce these vinyl wraps in hundreds of designs, and the peel-and-stick application makes them easy to use.
- Paint in well-ventilated areas to reduce inhalation of toxic fumes.
Items you will need
- Scotch tape
- Plastic bags
- Plastic Primer Spray Paint
- Acrylic or plastic fusion paint