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Old 08-12-2003, 09:19 AM
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Question Wet/Dry sanding question

OK, Here's another question from a first time auto painter so help me out please.
I'm getting ready to paint my '46 Chevy Panel and want to paint the inside of the doors and jams first then mount the doors for the rest of the job because the outer paint will be two toned. The doors are off the truck now. Anyway before I got the truck the carpet had been layed and will not be replaced so what I need to know is this, I know that I should wet sand everything down before painting but with the carpet in place of course I don't want to soak it down so can I get away with dry sanding the jams for painting or will I need to get some plastic and tape down good and hope for the best??
I know this is an off question but this is my first auto panit job and want to get it right the first time.

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Old 08-12-2003, 03:50 PM
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dry paper works just fine.i would use 400 grit.wet paper is safer for a beginer because it won't leave behind scratchs.Just keep your eyes open and you will be fine.good luck
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Old 08-12-2003, 06:49 PM
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It would be a lot easier to remove the carpet, working around it will just slow you down.

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I agree with Troy-Curt remove the carpet otherwise you'll end up with not only the carpet being soaked but the carpet will hold moisture on the floorpans and may eventually lead to rust forming over a period of time. As far as wet sanding I use 600 wet/dry and wet sand the final coat of primer. Also I recommend using a 3-M foam sanding pad to keep the paper flatter and follow the surface better. If you try to sand using your hands you could end up with just the ends of your fingers doing the sanding and the suface not being uniform and could result in some missed areas.
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Old 08-12-2003, 11:56 PM
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Right, I always use a foam block on every thing I can.



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