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Old 04-03-2006
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I was thinking of sanding my truck and finding some sort of metal paint I could just spray on. Would it be a good idea to sand it all, tape it off and do this, or just take it in and spend the extra $1000-$2000?
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If you're not familiar with all that's involved with an entire new coat of paint, then I'd highly reccommend against doing it yourself. You could do it I guess if all you want is a rattlecan job. If you want something more though, definitely get a shop to do it.
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take it to maaco and get the 350$ paint job, cant be that bad...
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hm...if you have never painted a vehicle, or even part of a vehicle, then there is no way i would do it yourself. exp without an expierenced persone to guide you through it.
you could sand it yourself and take it somewhere, that may be cheeper, but i deff would not paint it myself without knowing how.
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I did my bed rails and the bottom 1/4 of the body myself with a spray liner and it turned out pretty nice, but I think I'll check out maaco first.
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Spray on Bedliner and paint are two very different things. I'd only use the rattlecan job if your paint job is really shotty and it would make it look better, or if it were a beater and you didn't care.
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I'll sand it myself and pull the dent, then take it to maaco or something. Would you use like 60/80/120 grit sand paper, or a wire brush to take all the paint off the body and get it ready?
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to get the body prepped for paint, ur going to need to do the body work, then wet sand the car to a smooth finish. 120 grit is going to be too rough. im not exactly positive on the wet sanding grit, but i believe it is somewhere around 1000
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to prep for paint you use 80 grit then 180 grit i think i used on the stang....Primer then wetsand the primer with 320....Stay away from any edges cuz paint doesnt stick to well and you dont wanna take any primer off....Then use your glaze putty and sand then primer then wetsand again....Ready for paint.....If you dont know what your doing dont do it and dont goto maaco or earl scheib.....I did the body work myself on my mustang and took it to good ole earl and they still messed it up 4 times......Check craigslist.com and look for a painter to do it on the side
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