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Old 02-28-2007, 04:47 PM
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Minimum prep for a quickie paint job?

What is the least amount of prep work I would need to do to have a car ready for a Maaco special. I'm looking to do it as cheap as possible, but still want it to look ok. The car has been repainted withing the last 10 years and most of the paint is fine other than a couple of dents. I will be using the front clip from another car which still has its faded original 34 year old paint. Will I be able to just sand some of the paint or do I need to go to bare metal? I'm just looking to get it done quick and into the shop for paint. Not going to be a show car obviously. Just want it to look good from 20 feet. Thanks

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For a maaco job, As long as the paint is adhering well, and doesn't have major problems, I'd say sand it down with 320, and see if you can get them to seal before paint. I don't know if that is lacquer or enamel, but old lacquer is known to often have checking or crazing.
If taken to maaco, you should probably do the sanding and remove parts and tape it up before bringing it there. Remember the quality and longevity of the finish is equivelent to the amount of time and effort put in. So going cheap on the spray job and short on the prep, don't expect miricles. Leaving 30 some year old 1k paint and also whatever may be under it isn't the best way to start, but then again, don't think getting a cheapy macco paint job is going to be a show stopper either.
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sanding like kenseth suggested with 320 or 400 would be a good place to start, then give it a good rubdown with a scotchbrite and Comet cleanser wet or use a scuffing gel and a good washing with only water. You want it sanded smooth and scuffed well on all nooks and edges for good paint adhesion.
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