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TJXJWJ 05-29-2012 08:31 PM

Painting question
Any body peeps out there? I'm curious what the proper order of operation is when doing automotive painting. Lets say I'm primed and painted. Do I wet sand or so I apply clear? If I apply clear, should I apply multiple coats and then sand the final coat or do I sand each coat in between layers? Help a brother out? :confused:

Martyp 06-01-2012 03:49 PM

Re: Painting question
Aaron (Stonecold) would be best to talk to on this one...

TJXJWJ 06-01-2012 08:55 PM

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Thanks dude...but I got it. I put down 3 coats of color, and followed that with 4 coats of clear, let it sit for 2 days, wet sanded, and polished. Came out great!

kennzz05 06-02-2012 02:59 AM

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jrjeep 06-02-2012 08:54 PM

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^ lol

TJXJWJ 06-03-2012 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by kennzz05 (Post 637815)

I need to get some better pics in the sun, but I painted my grille surround to match the body color. Pics can be found here:

Rollins5 06-20-2012 12:16 PM

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First install everything that you want to the engine and trans before you paint the car and make sure that everything works.

Wash your car with soap and water before you start painting. This will remove all the dirt on the car’s body. Remember that washing the car well in important to ensure proper finish of paint.

Use a wax/grease remover to clean the dirt that is not soluble in water. You can even use liquid charcoal starter or mineral spirits for this purpose.

Rub the rough areas on the car with sandpaper.

Discharge all the static charge from the body of your car to ensure that it doesn't attract any dust. You can do so by joining the chassis frame under your car with any grounded object using a wire.

Ensure that the body of the car is totally dry before you begin painting.

Install your body kit and get it ready to paint as well.

Tape those parts of the car’s body that you don’t want to be painted using masking tape. This step really adds to the finish if done properly.

Use a good quality body putty to even-out any patches on the car’s body.

Apply the primer on the entire surface to be pained. Make sure that you apply it as evenly possible.

Scrub the primer carefully with sandpaper till you even-out the entire surface.

Select a urethane-based paint for color. Apply the base coat using a spray gun. Let the paint dry for ten to fifteen minutes.

Apply the final coat and let it dry for thirty to ninety minutes.

Apply three clear coats after the color has dried. Let each clear coat dry for fifteen minutes before you apply the next one.
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