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Old 06-18-2004, 11:37 AM
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Old lacquer, new BC/CC

I painted my '34 Ford in 1976 with lacquer color and then clear lacquer over it. After almost 30 years, the paint is cracking and I can see the primer under some of the cracks. I intend to re-paint the car with BC/CC in the next year or so, and I'm wondering if I have to remove all of the old lacquer including primer, or can I just feather it out with an electric orbital sander where it is cracked and start from there with BC/CC primer and then the color and clear. I don't want to use stripper because there is some bondo work under there and the car is very straight right now. I don't have a DA sander, but could get one if any of you guys feel that is a good approach. BTW, I was in my 30's when I stripped and painted this car (original paint) in the 70's, and doing the math I'm now a ton older and looking for the easiest way to get the prep work right. Paint jobs in the Phoenix area are anywhere from $6,000 to $20,000, and my car is just a driver and not for trophies.
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Old 06-18-2004, 11:44 AM
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Thats a sweet looking driver,
Unfortunately all the paint and primer must come off. If you stop seeing crazing while sanding they are still there and will show up
through the new paint in a very short time.
Best bet for what you want to do is a DA and 80 grit, I'm really not sure what your orbit is so don't know how that would work.
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Old 06-18-2004, 12:53 PM
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I'd rather fix a rusty bucket than have to repaint one that has checked paint.

Sand the paint off, all of it right down to the metal and filler, just leave a haze of the old primer so that you don't get into the filler that is already there, do the last sanding with a long board and blocks, if you can, and it will stay straighter. Then start over with your choice of primer and level every thing, then seal it and paint.


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Old 06-18-2004, 01:30 PM
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BarryK and Troy.

Thanks for the info. That's exactly what I was afraid of (all the work). Troy, I agree that fixing an old rusty project would be better than this job. The car in question was exactly that when I pulled it out of Milwaukee in 1970. Can't believe I still own the thing, but had to retire it for over 25 years while I attempted to raise kids and travel the country with my job.
Both of your profiles show you are professional body work people, so I trust your judgement. Will try to get my personal body in shape enough to do this in pieces with a few days (and aspirin) to heal in between.

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