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painting door jambs

Im a begginner in the hot rod game and Im just researching do-it-yourself auto painting, I have an 87 chevy caprice, not much for a hot rod but its got the 305 and i got it for practically nothing from my uncle. Im wondering wats the best way to paint door jambs and would you need to take off the doors to paint the part of the jambs with the hindges and other hardware or could you just go over all that stuff. Also how many coats of primer would you use and is paint stripper acceptible for taking off old paint coats. Im just a kid tryn to learn about this stuff so someday i can get it all right. Thanks for the help


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Welcome Matt, first you have to decide how deep are you going to go on this car. Taking the doors off will give you a better job but not that much better. Are you changing colors? If you are going from a red to a white, then any missed red will look like crap. But if you are going to a similar color you don't need to remove the doors at all.

Priming, not needed at all in the jambs usually if the paint is decent and you are just repainting. And you CERTAINLY don't need to strip that paint on the jambs.

What color is the car and what color do you plan?

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All of what Martinsr siad, in addition make sure you clean those door jambs real good. Remove all dirt and traces of silicone (Armor All) or other oils.

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Welcome to the fourm Matt.

A couple of things to consider.

The easy way to access the hinge behind the door is to unbolt the fenders
and slide them forward or swing them out. I would not attempt to remove the door as it is a bit*# to put back on. No point in making extra work for your self !

Before you paint clean all accessible areas to make sure they are free from
dirt and oil.

Priming in the Jambs is typically not needed unless you have rust that needs
to be removed first. If paint is flaking or bad, you can sand it flat. If you
sand so the metal shows just dust on some primer then paint.

Dont forget to mask all areas around the jambs before you spray.

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thanks so much for all your help. The car is silver i plan to paint it a metallic light blue. for the rest of the body do you think its ok to use liquid stripper to take off all the old layers, or should i just sand it down to the old primer? the paint is in good condition , how much do i need to take down if any?
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