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Old 05-07-2007, 11:40 PM
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I am about ready to paint the 66 chevelle. I'm doind the jabs and all. I'm wonder should I paint the jambs with epoxy, color, and clear. Let it dry then assemble the panels and align everything then scuff the paint that made its way to the outer panels, mask the jambs then paint the outside. Or should I do it in peices, so that I don't worry about the overspray on the out side? Let me know how you guys do it.

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IMO, prefit all panels/gaps before paint and body work. Add weight to doors if glass is out since the weight will sag the door upon re-assembly. Paint all components off the car and paint all jambs. Re-assemble all after everything is color sanded/buffed. Get assistance, use tape at gaps/joints to prevent nicks/scratches. Take your time....paint job quality is largely due to foundation/prep work.
A painters trick is to fold 1/2 - 3/4" masking tape in half and place it inside seams, close door and tape will block much of the overspray from entering door jambs or truck/hood areas.
My choice would be to paint all components individually off the car. If using multiple containers of paint, sometimes best to mix them and re-separate to avoid differences in color shade.
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One important question is what kind of paint are you usiing? If it is a cnady or a pearl then you just about have to put the car together before you paint it. The candies and pearls are so sensitive to small variations in technique that it is almost impossible to get a get match when painting seperatly. Having said that my preference is to paint the car in pieces and then reassemble. Solid colors and most metallics will not give you any trouble with matching if you keep your technique consistent, same air pressure, same gun settings, same reduction, same speed etc...
As mentioned previously if you have multiple containers of color get a large container and mix them all together and then reseperate, this will eliminate any batch diferences, if pot life is not an issue I like to reduce all the paint as a single batch and then split it into smaller containers since this eliminates one more variable.
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I bought a gallon of color, so multiple containers are not an issue. I do appreciate your input. The color is marina blue metallic. I use a Satajet 2000 digital to spray with so I'm constently monitoring air pressure I've been doing collision work for the better part of the last five years. Though this is my first complete from bare metal by myself. I use all dupont paint to this point but I might use spi in the future. I was just wonder if it might prove helpful to assemble after jambs because I'm doing the job in a 2 car garage and space is a consideration.
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I would assemble the car and shoot it complete and spend the extra time needed to mask it properly, taking care of any tape lines in the door openings really isn't a big deal IMO compared to living with a slight mismatch if painted in pieces. I sometimes see mismatches when others don't though, so maybe I'm just to picky.
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Picky is just fine with me.
The reason for the multiple containers is to mix ALL the paint at one time and seperate into enough to hold the 2 gallons sprayable,assuming it's a 1:1.
This keeps the color/metallics consistant thru the complete job. Nothing worse than getting into the last qt of the gallon and it's it's metallic rich.
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If you have a shaker,that should work keeping it shaken between refills.
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