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Old 10-19-2003, 01:53 PM
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Question How long can I wait to paint my car?

Hello everyone,
I'm not sure if you've already answered this question but I couldn't find it.

I am in the process of sanding the rust of of my car. I eventually want to have it painted but I am not sure when I will have the money. I wanted to know if I take all the paint off my car down to the metal and bond/rust mort/prime my car how long can it stay like that before I have to paint it? Can I just leave the primer on?I have never done this before and I just wanted the rust off but now I want all the paint off. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks alot. Jen

Sorry i just thought of another one... How can I take off the panel that goes accross all four of my doors? I don't know exactly what they are called but there just black dent resistant strips. Do I just rip them off? Thanks.


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As long as you cover all bare metal with primer I think you will be just fine. When you go to paint it, it will need to be sanded and cleaned first but you will not have to remove the primer again.
As for these panels you want to remove, I am not sure what to do but I am sure someone will know the answer.

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If you are going to leave the car in primer for an extended period of time you should use an epoxy primer over the bare metal. Regular primers are like a sponge and will allow moisture to penetrate to the metal thus allowing rust to form under the primer coat. A good epoxy primer will inhibit rust and can be left uncoated for an extended period of time.
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Ditto the epoxy primer if it is going to be some time before painting. Regular primer will absorb water and rust will eventually form again in short order.

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Living in Ma. if your going to drive it all winter with the amount of salt used on roads in the east in the winter I'd bet you'll be all rusty again by spring.
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