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Old 10-27-2008, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default Getting a car ready for paint..

I want to get the FD ready for paint, but I want to get it prepped on my own to bring down the cost at the body shop.

I'm mainly asking Mr. boostedzx, but anyone with knowledge can chime in.

What are the steps and what grit, method, and best way of sanding (hand, sander - air or electric, etc.)?

Also, how many coats of primer and what color primer? Is the primer dependent on the color that the car will be painted?

Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:29 PM   #2
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There's only one part of the car that has a dent, which is 6"x6" area. I'm not sure if I should tackle that part on my own or not.

I want the same color, but I'm also looking into other color schemes. The other color I'm thinking about is a gun metal-like color..

So, to take off the paint, use the DA then after it's all by hand?

Off-topic: Are your fans wired to manually work off of a switch or are they wired to the PCM?

If they are running off of the PCM, how did you do it off of the relay?

Signal from PCM to 86, power to device 87 and what pin-outs are you using from what connector (red/blue)?
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:39 PM   #3
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I fuckin' HATE paint & bodywork
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Yes I agree, but I will do as much as my own work as possible. The only thing I don't see myself doing is the painting! That's a bitch..
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:08 PM   #5
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go with a Satin/semi-flat black... omg that would look fukn sick...
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:17 PM   #6
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:28 PM   #7
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Since you have no experience with body work, don't use a DA or any other power tool. Sand everything by hand. You really should take a class at your local community collage. There is so much to body work, you can't possibly learn it in this thread.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:45 PM   #8
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Since you have no experience with body work, don't use a DA or any other power tool. Sand everything by hand. You really should take a class at your local community collage. There is so much to body work, you can't possibly learn it in this thread.
not in this thread but maybe online you can.
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Since you have no experience with body work, don't use a DA or any other power tool. Sand everything by hand. You really should take a class at your local community collage. There is so much to body work, you can't possibly learn it in this thread.
I know the body work world is huge. I am going to only prep a car for paint. I'm not going to do any custom work that no one has ventured on before. I know there are a few really knowledgeable people on this board that haven't only been down this road once, which is why I want their input on how to do a mediocre preparation job.

I've sanded, used the DA, etc. But never have I prepped a car which is why I just really want to know the steps.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:48 PM   #10
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you should have someone look over the car (preferably the painter your going to use) as each step is complete. Not enough attention to detail will ruin all prior steps if you continue on. if its not ready when you take it to get painted its going to cost you as much as if you hadnt touched it yourself, and your painter will be confindent when you take it for paint, as it wont be the first time they have seen the car.
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