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Old 07-01-2005, 11:17 AM
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Strip paint or not?

Can I acheve a good paint job by completely sanding all the painted surfaces and feathering reworked areas plus using a high build primer, or is it best to strip all the paint?

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Old 07-01-2005, 11:28 AM
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It really depends on what you are working with. If the car has a number of different paint jobs I would at least take it back to the original paint.
If it's been previously stripped and repainted and the paint is not having problems with peeling or lifting you could probably get by with a good sanding and primer/sealer as you said.
If it's factory original paint I would leave it, again, if it has no glaring problems, and sand and finish it from there.
Most factory paint jobs are baked under controlled conditions and make for a very good base to work from.
All said and done you DO NOT have to strip to bare metal to get a good paint job...
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The only thing I would add to the last post is if it is a GM made prior to 1990 as they were painted with lacquer and should always be stripped to avoid potential problems.
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i have a 1987 chevy i just painted, it had lacquer form the factory, , well the sides of the car are perfect, but the hood and decklid should have been stripped, because they are sucking the base sealer and clear up!!! so i will have to redo them, so id agree, anything before 1990 you better strip or it will cost you in the long run, mike.
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Old 07-01-2005, 08:59 PM
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Thanks guys. It is an '87 Chevy P/U...I guess the paint comes off. Could explain why the repaint someone did along the way looks so bad. Zero gloss at all.
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exactly, it is what some of us calls die back, good luck on the project, mike.
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