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Prepping Fiberglass Body with Metalflake

Since you guys were so helpful with the painting of my roadster I thought I'd throw this question to you. I know its not a Hot Rod but I just bought a 68 Dune Buggy. Its gonna be a gift to the wife. Originally it had a Black paint job with metal-flake in it. Or it might of been made with the flake right in the glass. The last owner covered it with a Orange paint, now that is shot and its time for a new coat. What is the best way to take off the orange without digging into the flake. You can feel the roughness of the flake when you run your hand over the parts where the orange is gone. I kinda want to go with the old school look which had the real heavy flake in the paint. Any help you can give me in prepping this body will be great. Thanks in advance. Trainor

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DA sander with a 3M soft pad and 80 grit paper. That will get the orange gone and knock down the flake enough that you can spray on a good epoxy primer/surfacer for blocking.
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Flake..........

BUT,when you DA that flake,it will take the color out.turning the flake black,the reason you can feel the flake,is EITHER the gel coat is deteriorating,OR the flake wasn't buried in the paint (or the gel coat,)Personally,i would sand ALL the flake off,back to the fiberglass, spray the body,a couple of coats of hi-build primer,and block sand it before putting down a metallic paint job..
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BUT,when you DA that flake,it will take the color out.turning the flake black,the reason you can feel the flake,is EITHER the gel coat is deteriorating,OR the flake wasn't buried in the paint (or the gel coat,)Personally,i would sand ALL the flake off,back to the fiberglass, spray the body,a couple of coats of hi-build primer,and block sand it before putting down a metallic paint job..
Thanks for the info, sounds like I've got some sandin ta do.
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