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Old 08-03-2004, 01:27 PM
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need paint help

Ok, Im a novice to paint. I have done some bodywork before and sent it out to paint since I had no place to paint, but now I have a place to paint and would like to try it. Am i going in the right order?

After all bodywork, filling, and starightening is done, there are several bare metal areas, so I will etch prime the car, and if I understand, when it tacks up I need to spray my sandable primer right?

After this has cured and dried completely, I can block it, clean it and spray my sealer primer(non-sandable primer) and let it tack up and then spray my base coat, right?

Am I going in the right direction? Also, if I have no bare metal areas such as the doors can I skip the etch primer?

One last question, The car has some rust in the top. It isnt real bad but I can tell its more than just surface rust? I really feel the car isn't worth trying to replace that area, so are their any rust convertors, coatings or anything that I could use?


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You got it. Some guys prefer epoxy on the bare metal and some etching primer but you have the concept. Read the instructions on the primer. My favorite etching primer dries B4 coating it w/ build primer. Remember that the hi-build primer is where you do your final metal finishing work. Build and block sand it until it is perfect. When done you should have nothing but that primer showing, block sanded to perfection (or as close as you want to get to perfection).

The sealer/color/clear sequence usually go on in the same spraying session, if not wet-on-wet then wet on tacky. Urethane multi-part systems are designed to become a single unit when hardened. Again follow the directions on the can or tech sheet.
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Thanks willys36 . I just wanted to make sure I got it right. This will be my first ever paint project, Im real excited about it. And if it goes well, then I will paint my Trans Am. Its black and will show every little imperfetion so I want to get some experience first on this other car.
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Just don't rush it. Spray on a guide coat, block sand, patch defects, re-prime, guide, etc. 'til it's perfect. Ain't brain surgery, I have seen very good jobs by novices who took their time and got the prep right.
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My first bodywork experience was on my first truck that I had repainted. It took me months of working on it after work, but when I had it painted, it turned out real good. Knowing that the hardest part is the prep, I hope I can get this one as staright as that truck and it should turn out good.

My biggest concern is laying the paint even and not getting runs in it.
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