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Old 06-25-2012, 03:27 PM
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The previous owner of my Mustang tried doing his own paint job and it did'nt take too well. A guy I know who actually owns a paint and body shop said that the Foxbody was a easy car to primer and paint because it's so small. He actually took a scraper and flaked off the top coat of paint. He said the car was'nt prepped good and the paint did'nt take hold. He also said that a car this size could be sanded and primered by hand without using electric or pnuematic sander. Has anyone every stripped their car down using a sanding block instead of a power tool? I know it will take some elbow grease, but is it possible to do a good job using that method. Here's a picture of how easy he flaked the paint off.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:38 PM
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Looks like an Earl Schieb or Macco job to me. You will be there a long time doing that by hand. If the primer was applied correctly you won't need to remove it but theres no way of telling. I imagine if the paint looks like that, the primer was not applied correctly either. I would use a chemical stripper.
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Old 06-25-2012, 03:55 PM
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Lol, yeah I know. So you would use chemicals instead of a sander? Im trying to do as much as I can before taking it to a shop. I was told stripping it alone would save me about $2000. So whats the best thing for me to do?
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:08 PM
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For a good prepping I would use a DA sander with 60-80 grit paper. Don't use it on panel edges, get those areas with a wire cup on a grinder. It works fast and doesn't burn my skin like paint stripper.
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Old 06-25-2012, 08:25 PM
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Razor Blades

When the person told you that he could strip the paint without using a DA are you sure he was not talking about just using razor blades?

I have never tried doing it this way but I have a very good friend who has spent over 45 years painting show cars and doing body work in his own shop and when I ask him about just using razor blades to remove the paint off a car he told me that's how he has done it for years.

I asked him to show me how he does it and he had a 1966 Corvette that he was striping the black paint off with a razor blade and he told me it's not only faster but it is a lot more cost effective doing it this way and it's even better for your health!!!

Once he get's an edge he just pulls the blade along at all most at flat angle and sure enough he striped about an 8" length of paint right off the front fender in front of me.

It appears many old time body guy's have been doing this for years.

When I told him I had never seen it done that way before he looked surprised.

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Old 06-26-2012, 05:24 AM
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Funny because thats exactly what he used. And he said after getting all the paint off, sand it down to smooth it out then prime. Just wasnt sure the best way to smooth it down. Its only one car in my garage and I hate to buy lots of tools to be used only a few times.
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Just did this Vette with razor blades.
Had been painted 4 times over original.
Took less than 2 days to have ready for epoxy primer
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:59 AM
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Exactly how did you do it?
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Youins have me curious now, I'm going to have to try the razor blade method on the 90 TA coming in when this 68 Camaro is done.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:11 PM
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The guy I know said it was the technique he has always used. He has a pretty big paint ans bosy shop and does good work. He showed me and said that he's in it to make moneu but he also trys to help people save a little.
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Exactly how did you do it?
Ask yer buddy with the body shop.
It ain't rocket science.
Been strippin em like this for 40 years
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He said the car was'nt prepped good and the paint did'nt take hold. .
Who is going to prep the car this time?
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:09 AM
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doing a vette with a blade takes a lot of skill ,the blade likes to dig into the glass.. but with a steel car its much easier and just about anyone can do it .the problems you'll run into are when you hit spots with filler the blade will try to dig in but with practice you should be able to overcome it. I always use a blade when I can...Not every car CAN be stripped with a blade ,if the right primer is used and its preped right you can forget about using them.It only takes a second to find out if they'll work or not,as you can see...I'll bet most of that paint would come off using a good blower...or both,scraping while blowing...the high pressure air gets under the paint and it comes off fast.
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