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Power-Sanding to metal.

I was thinking about doing this with my Roadster(Ford-Truck hood...), the paint is cracked really bad, and there is not really alot of metal to cover, and its mostly flat. There is alot of rust anyway, so I wouldn't be doing much more stripping then I'd have to. I was thinking of using a fine-grit sandpaper to do it, since I've heard you could scratch the baremetal too much.

I'm guessing its a power-sander, I havn't been much on paint or sanding, but its this little hand-held thing that you clamp sandpaper too shaped like a rectangle, and it moves back and forth. I helped my dad out on the Escort, and it stripped through the paint on that car without too much effort, so I was thinking it wouldn't be too hard on the hood either.

Dosn't have to be perfect either, I'm painting it from a can (Really neat Purple color from Wal-Mart, $1.50 a can...) so just enough to make it kind of nice....


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Sounds like a orbital sander like the one I have in my wood shop.
They aren't very aggressive and would seem to take a lot of work
for removing paint. You really need a rotating sander to strip paint.
If that sander is all you have, try some 60 to 80 grit and follow with some
finer grit, like 150. It will work, it's just going to take more time.
If you go to the bare metal you need to prime it with epoxy.
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I know I kind of sounded stupid when I first posted this, but I was just asking so I didn't ruin the Hood/Body. I have alot of time to work with, so I'm not worried about it taking too much time....thanks though...wasn't really sure about what I was doing.

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if ya got a good or fairly good compressor, get a DA sander, HF sells cheap 1's, like 30 bucks. they do a great job of paint removal.
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