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Old 12-14-2005, 12:27 PM
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black paint ?How straight is straight?

I want to paint my 65 ford fairlane black the car was stripped and ive used plastic filler(rage) over all the dings and dents.Ive primed with HOK epoxy primer surfacer and guide coated and sanded w/80 grit.Ive puttied the low areas and sanded smooth w/80grit.will apply 3 more coats.How should i progress? 240 wetsand? 320wet 500 wet?Should i prime in between each coat?im gonna use black bc/cc.mike

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The amount of build your getting with the primer you are using determines if you should reprime between coats. If she's straight I'd move to 240 grit and if enough build is there after that stage just apply more guidecoat and step down to 400. I'm not familiar with HOK epoxy, is it a high build primer? being that it's an epoxy are you giving it a good amount of cure time before sanding? You're going to want to make sure this stuff is fully cured, especially if it's filling 80 grit scratches. Maybe someone here with HOK product experience will chime in an shed more light. Bob
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yeah it fills

big time you can hit it all day with 180 wet and it takes a lot to get to bare metal.mike
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Reads like your almost there with the body work so you may not need that many coats of primer. You really want this right I'm guessing so the more work now will be worth it. Get a coat of primer on,guide coat ( use 3M's dry powder guide,KILLER product) and start at it with 400 wet and SEE how it goes.Just rember that starting coarse with like 220 HAS to be removed with a finer grit removing more material so, use the least aggresive paper you can to start.If you slop the primer on and it's all wavey you may need to start with 220 so apply your primer like you were painting it.Also,good practice for the actual paint mechanics of the real paint.
Use some grease & wax remover wipe downs to SEE how the scratch is looking after you "think" your finished. You'll find a LOT more this way than anything outside of dry guide coat I know of.
I would shoot a couple of coats of base color and color sand then finish off with a couple more coats.Yeah, it's more work but black is tough and IF you want it RIGHT it takes WORK.
I'm doing a black job now which will be "seen" by quite a number of "important" people and I'll be doing it this way as it HAS to be RIGHT if I want better work.
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Also look at some of the posts about having Straight Sanding Blocks do this by sanding your blocks on a piece of sandpaper fastened to a saw table or other Flat Surface when doing a really straight job this will help as I have found there is no way I can sand a panel straight with a crooked sanding block..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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