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Old 05-19-2005, 05:19 AM
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Sanding door and trunk jambs

What do you guys use to sand jambs and hard to reach areas? I want to sand to bare metal.
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3M clean and strip disc works great. Sandblasting also works good.
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There are a few ways to get these areas taken care of. I apply a chemical stripper by brush, wait for the paint to bubble and then scrape it off with a putty knife and various scrapers. Sometimes it takes a few applications depending on how many layers of paint there are, but always wear long, heavy rubber gloves because that stuff burns very quickly when it comes into contact with skin. It's neutralized by rinsing off with lots of fresh water.

I follow this up by sanding by hand with 80 grit. I don't have a DA sander so I have to use elbow grease but I am sure some of the guys will suggest using a DA.

If there is any rust hiding there, use naval jelly and wire wool or a wire brush mounted to a reversible drill to get rid of it. When you have nothing but bright shiny metal, you're ready for a good coat of epoxy primer.

It's easiest to have your doors and trunk lid removed which will make these areas much more accessible, but I assume they probably are anyway if you are taking it down to bare metal for paint.

I bought a spot blasting gun to take care of the really tough or inaccessible spots, but I have yet to get it to work right, when I get it working it should make cleaning up seams and tight corners much quicker and easier.

Those are a few ideas anyway, I don't know that there is much of a rule to it, I just use whatever methods I have to to get that metal as clean as possible.

Hope that helps, I'm sure others will also give some input.

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Why sand it down to bare metal unless the paint is bad or rust is poking through. All you need is a tooth for the paint to hold, I use scotch brights with sanding paste on door jams, under the hood, the bottom side of the trunk lids, etc..... I just make sure once I am done sanding/scuffing the jams that all of the gloss is removed from the paint.
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I'm not saying this is smart or right, but something I figured out years ago any jamb I have to paint I outline with 3 layers of duct tape and wrap rest of car in plastic and sand bast.
Save on peeling, fish-eyes, built up of paint on hinges, its faster and in past has just proved out to be more efficient for me.
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I figured out years ago any jamb I have to paint I outline with 3 layers of duct tape and wrap rest of car in plastic and sand bast.
Save on peeling, fish-eyes, built up of paint on hinges, its faster and in past has just proved out to be more efficient for me.
I am going to have to try this one. I always seem to have some peeling somewhere in a jam no matter what. That is the kind of thing that drives me crazy... everything looks great and this one little spot right in the middle of the jam will have paint peel off..... makes me want to take a body hammer to the car sometimes ...

Thanks for the info Barry, always a pleasure reading what you have to say

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blasting is the way to go. it can either etch the paint thats there or strip it and etch the metal. it gets every nook and cranny so you know the paint will bond right. imo any other way and your just kidding yourself and wasting alot of time.
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