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Old 07-02-2011
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now im very new to painting but im very confident i can do this. Just wanted to ask. When i sand it do i wanna sand it right to bare metal or just enough to scratch it?
 
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What quality of a paint job do you want as an end result? Show car or daily driver quality?
 
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i want it to look like a show car finish but its unfortuneatly a daily driver lol
 
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IMHO… do not sand to bear metal unless you need to.
If the paint is too thick you may want to sand it more than roughing it up.
Start with rougher grit and move to real fine BUT do not get to fine because guess what, the paint will not stick.
Factory paint, unless damaged, rusted or just screwed up should be left on and finished over, it is the best paint and already adhered to the metal.
 
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nice thanks glade i asked lol my 1st time painting a truck or car even
 
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And get some plastic filler,it may seem unnecessary but with some finish work and sanding working up from like 220 for shaping to probably 600 grit to finish it. Invest in some longboards so you don't get a wavy finish. And then apply a coat of sealer/primer. Then body fill it again and sand again. Then apply your basecoat roughly 2-3 coats. Wet color sand it using nothing roughly then a 1000 grit. Then apply your clearcoat,the more coats you apply the more sheen it will have and the more durable the finish product will be. Remember paint sticks using two type of adhesion (mechanical and chemical). And talk to your local auto body supply store ,they will have solutions for your application. Any other questions or concerns pm me.
 
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