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Old 02-04-2006, 02:12 AM
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door jambs on complete paint job

how do you handle under the hood/trunk lid areas and door jambs on a complete paint job in a different color.I think itīs much more time saving to paint a car assembled,but quality may lack.
fully disassembled may be good,but very time consuming and there is always the pssibility to scratch something during assembly.

so,how do you do it?

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I remove the hood, doors and deck lid and paint them first (jamb) and reinstall and tape all of it up good before painting. I am like you in that I don't like to mess around installing freshly painted parts any more then necessary and would rather have a slight line in the jambs then risk having a mismatch on the outside panels. I also really don't have the room to have a ton of parts around to paint. If you roll your tape edge back in the jambs you won't have as sharp of a line. The front of the doors you can often tape the gap completely shut from behind so no paint gets in that area if the fenderwells are removed. Where I live there is often enough rust to clean up on doors usually anyways, and removing them is the only way to get them all paiinted well when doing a color change. I normally don't remove the engine to paint the engine bay because of the amount of work it would require. I normally degrease the engine bay and just take off parts along the inner fenders and what I can somewhat easily remove on the firewall, and spend a lot of tedious masking time masking up stuff in the way of whats getting painted. Then paint with a touchup gun. Its tough doing a great job sanding in some areas, but unless I can charge for removal and installation of the engine or it is already removed its the way I do it. Unless its a show vehicle which will be put under a microscope, I believe this is how most do it.

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For some reason I prefer to paint as an assembly. Just like the OEMs do it. I hate tape lines. Sometimes you just cant get by without em but I hate em. My last one was a 68 Shelby conv. I had the fenders near the car in proper position but everything else was assembled. The only reason being that that's how they were done. I may leave a valance panel off and such but I prefer assembled. Is it hard to do? Yup. But still easier than assembling painted parts. Fenders on the Shelby were test fitted a couple times to get a "sequence" down for safe installation. Door jambs, trunk, cowl, all looked like it was "born that way" when done. When doing Mopar restorations, what ever gets missed by doing it as an assembly is 100% correct. There's always a primer spot in the upper door jambs and some various light spray around the hinges. It took 2-3min to paint a Mopar in the 60's. If you ever get to see an original take lots of notes. Hope this is helpful.
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Most 60's GM cars were painted with the doors and deck lid ON, and the hood and fenders OFF. This is how I like to do most jobs, because the doors are the hardest thing to align, and a scratch on the inside of the deck lid will be very noticeable. The inside of the hood is often black originally, if it's not, it's probably on a car that was painted with the hood on, and that's how it should be done, IMHO.
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