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Staff car painting question

Post by SmarT » Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:02 am

Hello all. I am about to get my staff car soon and wanted to get to painting asap. The paint and body on it is very good and is the gloss/clear coated kind of paint job (the civvy paint job). So, I figured that I just needed to sand with a fine grit sand paper to get through the gloss and give a good surface for adhesion. Basically, I just wanted to see if that sounds right and also about what grit paper would be best. Thanks
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Re: Staff car painting question

Post by gpsigler@mwii.net » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:55 am

Congrats on your new staff car. There are several ways to proceed. Lots of folks would tell you to have the car media blasted followed by primer and paint. However, if the paint currently on the car is in very good condition, you can wet sand with 400 paper...320 if you need more cut. Follow up with 600 to make a smooth surface. If it were two-stage (base color + clear coat) paint to be used I would go over it again with 1000 to provide a very smooth surface. This means the olive base and flat clear coat. If it is to be a single stage paint, I'd end with the 600.

There is some possibility of of different colors in the sanded paint showing through. If you think that is a possibility, use primer that is similar color to the base paint on those spots. I haven't had that problem with the olive drab covering pretty well.

In case you haven't wet sanded before, it helps to add a dab of dish soap to the warm water. (Warm feels better on your hands.) You can just use the paper or a sanding block in case you have to bear down on chips, etc. Cut the full sheet of sandpaper in half and fold the halves into thirds and sand away with lots of water.

When I paint chrome, I first use 220 or 320 to remove the shine then spray with Bull Dog to make the new paint stick. I use self-etching primer instead if the bare metal is not chrome.

Good elbow grease now can save problems in the future.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Staff car painting question

Post by SmarT » Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:01 pm

Thanks very much for the info Gary! Sorry for taking so long to reply. Where can I pick up Bull Dog at?
Malachi Springer
-1942 Ford script GPW #12977--dod 4-42
-1944 Pole Type, type 1 trailer *sold*
-1949 Bantam t3c #14934 *sold*
-1951 M37 #80009566--dod 6-51 *sold*
-1951 Dunbar M100 #01175051--dod 7-51
"It's opposite day and everyone is cool."

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Re: Staff car painting question

Post by gpsigler@mwii.net » Sun Jan 02, 2011 8:39 pm

Now it's time for me to have a red face. I just found your reply and question.

Bull Dog is available at some auto parts stores but the best bet is a store that mixes and sells auto paint.

Happy New Year,
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Re: Staff car painting question

Post by SmarT » Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:47 am

Haha. Thanks for the info and Happy New Years to you as well!
Malachi Springer
-1942 Ford script GPW #12977--dod 4-42
-1944 Pole Type, type 1 trailer *sold*
-1949 Bantam t3c #14934 *sold*
-1951 M37 #80009566--dod 6-51 *sold*
-1951 Dunbar M100 #01175051--dod 7-51
"It's opposite day and everyone is cool."

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