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New to the board here, and am getting ready to tackle my first paint job on a 1978 Jeep Cherokee. The plan is to do most of the bodywork and sanding myself, then have a local painter shoot it.

My question is about what type of paint to use. The original paint (acrylic enamel) is in good shape, but has gotten thin in several areas and thus the need for a new skin. What I need to know is what type of paint would be compatible with the acrylic enamal to save me the hassle of stripping everything down to bare metal. A few panels (inner and outer front fenders and the hood) will be taken down to bare metal to remove some surface rust however.

I haven't decided whether or not I want to go with a single color (the blue), or keep the roof white as it is currently. Going the solid color would save me a little on materials, but I also like the idea of keeping it original. Guess it will come down to how much of a price difference there is.

Here is a link with pictures of the Jeep in it's current state.
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Go with a singlestage urethane, not having to by both basecoat and clearcoat will save you a few coins. The urethane will be compatible and go over the exhisting finish without problems. Use good epoxy primer and urethane surfacer. Nice rig, you don't find any in that shape around this area. Bob
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