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Old 06-25-2011, 07:02 PM
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Paint Question?

I have a panel van that has an indentation that runs down the center, front to back. I am only going to color coat it from there up. My question is should I go an inch below or right even with the indentation? What is easier to do when I go to finish it up? I might even pin stripe it there, not sure! I am only painting half of the van because at this time it's just the way it is! So please don't say why do it that way! I will be useing the same exact paint! TIA, Dana.

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Put it where the pin stripe will be. It will be very hard to cover with out having a line in it or lots of water sanding. The paint may still be a shade off due to things you can not control.
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If you decide not to use a pinstripe check through these past project threads for some bodyline tricks

Wait err, there's a fly in my paint..



Repair and Paint within body lines

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Milo, great posts, but I am a novice, and I read your few posts on blending, but a little confusion here about the roll affect and bounce off the paint when blending? Seems like it really wouldn't matter if I use the soft edge masking tape or flip my paper? BUT again what do I know, Not much lol! If I roll my paper when I paint to get in there you are saying so called skim my paint and don't flood it in their? Advise? Thanks, Dana
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Correct, The reason I say to not flood is to keep folks from worrying if indeed enough paint or clear as the case may be will get in that "roll area" when the stopping point is on a body line.
Things can go bad if to much material is forced in there.

The examples in the above links were relatively small fixes and a bumper as compared to a big van though the idea is the same. The pin stripe option should still be considered if your nervous and would look best 3/4 of an inch below the body line. It would help if you can post a picture of your project.

Here's another link at the end of a project thread that has a body line mid panel using the foam tape on a single stage paint project that might be worth a look

http://www.a2zautoforums.com/showthr...6&page=4&pp=20


Yes. it can be done only by rolling the paper over or rolling 2 inch tape back on it'self to form a tube then masking to it but the 3M door apature tape has really taken the pain of managing the sticky part out especially with the length of a van to consider..



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