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Old 02-07-2002, 03:11 PM
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I would guess that your hood has been pretty well sandblasted already so I would guess that you will want to take it down to bare metal first and do any cosmetic filling that it may need. Stay within a paint system (start with PPG and finnish with PPG or whichever company you select). Start with a coat of non-sanding catalytic sealer and sand with 320grit wet. This will assure a good grip and seal out any compatability problems. Then spray on sanding primer, a couple of coats and fog this with a contrasting guide coat (from a rattlecan). Block sand with 320 until you get a good flat finish (sand dry).If the guide coat tells you that you need to do body work, do it now, do not try to fill deep depressions with primer, it is too expensive to use that way. When you have a surface ready to paint, wipe with a pre-painting solvent and wipe dry with a tack rag. You are ready to apply the base coat. It will go on in 2 or 3 very light coats. It dries flat, so don't try to get it to gloss. It is important no to let this dry too long because the clear coat will not bond. The paint manufacturer's product spec. sheets will tell you what the intercoat period is. Then apply the clear coat. Get a good 3 to 5 coats on. You will find this very easy to get a good gloss. This can be the end of the painting unless you want to color sand it with water and 1000 grade paper and buff it to a lustre with a lamb's wool cover and polishing compound. The two part paints are easier to use than in the past, but be very careful to use a respirator and get plenty of ventilation. I frequently paint outside for just this reason. You will find that the cost of paint has gone up a HELL of a lot because of the restrictive regulations on paint sellers.
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