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Old 05-23-2009, 10:16 AM
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Wassup guys
I'm ready to do bodywork on my car.
I've researched alot on here, and there's just a few questions i would want some help with.

Here are the steps i would follow

Sand to metal, epoxy prime the metal, filler, guide coat, epoxy prime, filler if needed, 2k primer and base coat.

Being a college student, and since that car is my daily driver,
During the prep work is it ok to use the car. I live in miami so the sunlight can be quite harsh.

After epoxy priming the car, would it be ok to use the car for a month or two like that??

And when i'm ready to paint the car, how would i prep the epoxy primer for some 2k primer and paint?
Thanks alot guys

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Old 05-23-2009, 11:09 AM
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Some epoxies hold up better than others. Something to consider on a "rolling restoration" is to do one panel at a time, strip, epoxy, bodywork, prime, then use some Hot Rod Black on the panel. You can then drive the vehicle and finish other panels as time allows, knowing that the work you have completed is properly protected.
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I'm gonna be using PPG primer,
Never heard of Hot Rod black, But sounds like a good idea

and when i would be ready to basecoat the car what would i do to the Hot Rod Black
PS i'l be painting my car Silver
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Well, Hot Rod Black is a satin finish single stage urethane made by SEM. But, if you are going to paint your car silver, maybe the best course would be to use an inexpensive gray single stage urethane that approximates the shade of your silver. What you would do to this coating before spraying your silver, is to sand it with P600-800 sandpaper just prior to basecoating. Urethane single stage is an excellent "ground coat" for subsequent refinishing. I have done several vehicles this way and been very pleased at the results, though there is some extra expense involved it's really the best way to achieve excellent results on a daily driven vehicle.
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