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Old 02-01-2005, 04:29 PM
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getting ready to paint

i recently purchased a 1957 Ford F100. after a few months of tolerating a less than perfect "green" paint job i decided that new paint was in order. my question is what i should do to prepare the truck for a pro paint shop. i want to do all the prep work my self and have the shop spray the paint, that's all. i know that the truck could have at least 2 layers of paint on it currently. what i need to know is if i need to strip it down to metal and then fill in the dents/imperfections or if just sanding down the bad spots would help. i would also like to know, if all of the previous paint needs to be stripped, what method should be used, abrasive, chemical, etc. thank you very much.

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Wow, this topic has bee beat to death every conceivable way. Do a search on the board and you will find every possible opinion and be able to make an intelligent choice on which way to go.
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Old 02-02-2005, 09:41 AM
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That, and most quality shops WON'T guarantee the job unless THEY do the prep work.
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If you havent searched the fourm for the cure for this its true alot of body shops dont care if you prep it they will go over it again
& charge you for it & you will just have aching elbos & busted up knuckles from the d/a sander if you havent done prep work before theres more to it than what you think
but if you want i sugest you get a roll of 220 to smooth it out as much as posable & break through some of those layers of paint & finnish up with some 180
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