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Posted by: ls1bandit Posted on: June 12th, 2005, 12:38pm

just doing a run through on all i need to do to make sure i have all the materials and do a good job, its been about 4 years since ive done any serious body work, I used to work at a car delarship so i know my way around. 

Paint-probably around 1 pint should be enough
Reducer- 1 pint
clearcoat & thinner, probably around 1 pint again
1500 & 2000 grit wet sand.

So first off i am going to use an orbital air sander and shave down the whole quarter panel, i all ready fixed the dent but im going to use a little bit more bondo to smooth it out, sand down the edges with a fine sand paper so it is smooth.  Wipe down the entire panel so there is no particles or compound still on it.  Shoot a coat of primer, wait for it to dry, do some light sanding, shoot another coat, light sand as well.  Wipe down the area again.  Shoot the first Base coat, allow it dry, shoot another base coat, i will let that coat dry over night.  Check it in the morning, Im not sure if most people do some light sanding or not on the base coat, then im going to put on 3 or 4 coats of clear.  Wait 3 days and wet sand for an immaculate finish  8)  Anyone have any other tips or anything i forgot before i go out and do this work?

Posted by: ls1bandit Posted on: June 16th, 2005, 8:46am
Reply: 1

no one????

Posted by: jbbrown9 Posted on: June 25th, 2005, 9:34pm
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I'm not a pro, but have enough knowledge I may be albe to help you be sure you're doing the right thing (if you haven't painted already). admin seems to be the only one who regularly answers questions, but hasn't been seen here in a month.

If you're going to be using filler, you'll probably need more sandpaper than what you had listed. I noticed you didn't list filler in your list of materials, either. Your plan looks pretty sound, except I think it's generally best to not sand the last base coat, especially if it's metallic.

Posted by: ls1bandit Posted on: June 27th, 2005, 2:38am
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well the basecoat came out really well there are a few problems that i will have to fix though.  When i shot the clearcoat i hit part of the plastic that i had masking off my trunk and water sprayed across it.  so now i have water spots between layers of clear, i think im going to sand those down and lay another coat of base and spray clear on it again.  and near the top where the panel meets the trunk there is a thin line where the paint became blotchy and feels grainy so im going to hand sand that down and shoot that as well.

Posted by: admin Posted on: July 29th, 2005, 1:02am
Reply: 4

I wouldn't wet sand the clear. If you want a really nice finish, use a power buffer and medium duty rubbing compound.
As far as the water in the paint, yes, you will just have to sand it out and reshoot.

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