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Old 01-29-2012, 01:16 PM   #1
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Default Some guidance on prepping car for paint.

My car is 4 shades of black, and I've worked a deal out that if I do the bulk of the prep, a body shop friend will paint it VERY reasonably. It's not a show car, it a drag car....but I'd like it to at least be all the same color. Not doing jams or engine bay, just a respray of the exterior.

So what should I be doing for prep? Should I just wet sand the entire car with 320? Some panels are factory paint, some have been painted again due to a shitty ground effects kit. Should I take it down to the factory primer or down to the metal? If so what grit?

Some direction is what I'd's where I'm at so far. I'd ask my friend but his dad passed away a few days ago and he'll be away for the next few days. I have time today and tomorrow and want to get started.

so far:
The hatch had 3 different wings on it so I welded up the holes and smoothed it out so far.

I'm getting rid of the body molding and stripped/sanded all the glue and shit off.

Yesterday I pulled the lights and started hitting the bottom side (below the molding) with a DA and 100 grit just to get all the rough stuff off, rock chips, etc.
Now at this point I dont want to do more harm than good...
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Old 01-30-2012, 10:08 AM   #2
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The bondo areas will need filler primer or you probably see it. but i would wipe the whole entire hatch or it won't look right unless you just don't care. You can using body filler icing instead of bondo but do it thin and even full strokes over lapping some. Block it 80 to 180 then three heavy coats of filler primer. Block filler primer 180 then 320. If the car just has original paint i would wet sand it 400 or 600 with a block and not try to go through anywhere. You can seal the car with cheap epoxy primer mixed with reducer in the booth to cover any bare metal or just spot them. You don't have to sand to bare metal for body filler. Just use 80 grit on any dents and wipe that area. Spot them with filler primer and block.
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Leave it and let your friend do it. If someone brings me a car that is started incorrectly its usually a lot more work than if they had just left it alone.
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