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Old 10-04-2007, 06:52 PM
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What to take off before paint?

Do I need to remove all the trim and the door handles,molding and trunk logo.. etc?

85 dodge diplomat

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I suggest taking off anything that you would otherwise have to paint against. As, anything you paint up to can become a loose edge that is probable for peeling later on down the road! If you remove trim, etc. and paint under it, it will be very difficult for peeling to start from under something.
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Exactly. When in doubt, remove it. 99.9% of times it can be put back, and will be easier in the long run.
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Agree with the above.
And it's easier to get everything clean and prepped better
with more removed.
It's a "can of worms" though, there's really no stopping point
once you start.
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Depends on the quality you are striving for- I take the entire car apart to get at all possible areas- therefore cleaning and prepping everything. Thus all trim, molding, emblems, seals, etc. are removed.
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It's a "can of worms" though, there's really no stopping point
That's a good point...

Not to be rude here, just being practical. This kid is young and has already quit on his vw's after taking one apart. Plus he has planned builds on a chevy truck that never happened....AND going to school & an after school job & sports

It would be better to have a car on the road by taking some cosmetic shortcuts, rather than another unfinished project.

There are many years ahead of him to find a dream car to do correctly. JMO
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Then I say just "the easy stuff"
Like bumpers, lights, etc.
I'd probably leave the harder things like handles on there
for a "quickie"
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That's a good point...

Not to be rude here, just being practical. This kid is young and has already quit on his vw's after taking one apart. Plus he has planned builds on a chevy truck that never happened....AND going to school & an after school job & sports

It would be better to have a car on the road by taking some cosmetic shortcuts, rather than another unfinished project.

There are many years ahead of him to find a dream car to do correctly. JMO

well.. the VW.. which i found out after how hard it was to replace fuel line.. and then the "Can of worms" that was beneth that... then my running one quit .. the Truck.. was wishful thinking while i was stuck..and a hopefull birthday present...i havent a job anymore and now.. i dont play any sports..just photography

but i like my diplomat.. because its big..got a big motor and all i got to do is upgrade.. no more crap..and it can be a hotrod since it has a 318
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