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Old 07-19-2011, 10:52 PM
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I don't know where to start sanding,painting

My 86c-20 has all the body work done. It is that ugly blue two tone paint.
There are areas that the original paint has chipped off. Those areas are very thick. What grit do I use to start my project?
What grit paper do I use to complete the process. Those thick paint areas are on the upper side of fleet side. Do you take the truck to bare metal then primer?
I am going to try myself to paint this truck just for the challenge of doing it.
I will graciously accept any feed back. Good or bad.
Thanks Guys. Phil
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Start scrubbing the truck with Dawn dishwashing soap and those green scuff pads from the store..then DA the truck with 80 grit paper until it is sanded well. prime with either a 2k or an epoxy..epoxy is preferable and then start your blocking. during the blocking step is when we apply any fill and get the body straight..once that is done then apply a seal coat and you are ready for color..

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Sam thanks for the advice. I will let you know what happens.
I have to say this is the most knowledgeable site on the Internet
Thanks again.
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What does DA stand for?
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DA = Dual Action (sander)

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Sam using 80 grit takes it to metal. Is that what I need to do? I found the primer you recommended. After primer do I coat the whole vehicle with a layer of bondo Or just do imperfections Do I sand the primer? what grit? What grit do I use when blocking? And what kind of sealer do you recommend?
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It depends how nice of a paint job you want. Don't use a DA if you don't know what you are doing. Use a sanding block, it's more work but you will get a nicer job. There are high spots and low spots. You don't want either. Once you know how to use a sanding block you will be able to tell if there are any low spots that need to be filled.
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Sam using 80 grit takes it to metal. Is that what I need to do? I found the primer you recommended. After primer do I coat the whole vehicle with a layer of bondo Or just do imperfections Do I sand the primer? what grit? What grit do I use when blocking? And what kind of sealer do you recommend?
Take it down to the point that you have solid base to start from and if there are areas of bare metal so be it..

Next step is to guide block with a long straight block to determine highs and lows..sometimes you will break thru to metal again during this step but not to worry..doing this exposes the areas that need more work.

then apply fill as needed..some areas may require more than others. then block some more and repeat as needed until the body is straight and the curves are all even and nice.

I block with 100/120 as i want to get done with this step.

once it is all blocked out to your satisfaction then seal coat with yor primer..I use my epoxy primer as a sealer as well..

once this is done then we prepare for base coat..

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