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Old 01-18-2012, 10:13 AM
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Overall Paint BC/CC question (Do you recommend this method?)

I know this topic has been covered a lot on this forum but i had a question regarding an over all paint job on a car. At first i was planing on taking the doors, trunk, and hood off to paint as when i primered it. However in spraying a metallic color and was told that for best results to spray it assembled... im a little worried about the back spray and other issues you can run into with basing and clearing the door jambs, trunk and hood first. I can take off the doors, hood and trunk rather fast and easy and was told to base the jambs, assemble the car, base the entire car and then take it apart again and clear separately for best results... any advice on that option or any better suggestions?

I have a 1966 mustang coupe and will be spraying PPG dbc 2000 metallic gray and SPI Universal clear.

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I would take it apart and do the jams and clear. Then put it back together tape off your door jams so you dont get over spray in them. Heres where you may end up with a hard line or two but if you think it through a little should be minamal. Then base and clear outside of car.At this point if I'am going to sand and buff I do it before I untape the jambs.
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That's the way I do it! A little edge 1/4 inch inside the openings is a world better than mismatched panel color outside. You can't hide that... ever!!!

I have also read of people doing the jams last, and wrapping the edge out onto the outer panel. That way they can sand and buff in that edge.

Seems risky to me, to try handling those freshly painted panels... taking them off... then putting them back on. I will live with the edge in the jams.
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It is only a matter of how comfortable you feel doing it apart or together. I have done it both ways, but 95% of the time I will spray it apart. And as long as your not spraying a tri-stage color you should not have any trouble with panels changing colors on you. As far as basing panels then reassemble to clear everything, have never done that. I have always simply based apart then clear apart. For example I will usually hang the doors from eye hooks in the ceiling, that way you can spray the whole door one shot jamb and all then clear it at the same time as you end up with nice wet edges all the way around the whole panel. When it comes time to sand and buff, it is much easier off the car. The only draw back is assemble time you just need to take as much time as possible so you don't chip any edges (use a lot of blankets, and make sure you have enough extra hands) and you should be okay.

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I have to tell you 4speed, you are obviously a talented guy. I have seen pros, I am talking guys who paint for a living who can't do that. I see it every day unfortunately, at work, I see it every day.

I don't see a big enough reason to take the chance, an all out show car that you are shooting for the ultimate in detail, sure go for it. But the typical cruiser, drive in show kinda car, I don't see the need for the possible headache.

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