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respraying an automobile
Brisbane, Queensland
4348 posts

i want to get a car resprayed. I hear it's heaps cheaper if you do a lot of the preperation like sanding etc. first so this is what im planning to do because it's just a project/hobby car. Being a noob i don't know where to start and have a few questions for the avid automobile enthusiasts that lurk these parts.

- Is it a matter of just going hell for leather with a sander?
- can you use paint thinner or something first?
- can i be lazy and use an electric sander?
- I imagine you dont really want to get down to the bare metal, is this the case?

any other tips would be great.

06:53pm 12/06/12 Permalink
06:53pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
2968 posts
1. What color car is it? Metallic is Solid color?
2. Paint thinner... what?
3. Electric/Air sanders are perfectly fine
4. Nothing wrong with sanding down to bare metal. All you need is to apply primer on top of it and you are good to go.

Are you painting acrylic or 2pac?
07:01pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
20043 posts
Also don't use 60 grit sand paper. Trust me on this.
07:04pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
4349 posts
hey thanks, its metallic black at the moment. I think i meant paint stripper, does that exist? will be getting 2pack done for the refinish.
07:09pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
12980 posts
Not recommended that you do this yourself
going hell for leather will actually make it more expensive because they'll have to spend extra time prepping areas you dug out too far.
you only use paint stripper if you're going for a full bare metal respray - this will cost you 5k+ to get done properly, once again not recommended unless you're doing a ground up rebuild of the whole car and or it is a show car

all they do when respraying a car is get it down to one even layer of paint, ie remove all the clear coat
even if you're changing the color - then they just use that as a base coat and keep applying the new paint until they have their final coat before wet sanding / clear coat etc

pro tip, leave it to a pro because it will end up costing less than fixing your mangled mess
07:09pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
2311 posts
just get a closed door respray if the colour is similar.
07:23pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
2899 posts
i've only been involved with two types of respray

the fine wet & dry for hours each day by hand, that took a year to prep and was butter smooth

the other was cheap crazy clarks fridge white to gloss over some gravel damage from a rally stage

but others have covered it pretty well, while it might be project car, striping to bare metal does require the time to be done right, something that can also be stuffed up by not wanting to take the time, and by taking shortcuts,

while it might be cheaper to prep it yourself, the time it takes, and the easy to make the whole job more expensive but f*****g the lot up. so long run unless you have done this before, or have access to people that can teach you get the pros to do it
08:22pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
4444 posts
The reason its cheaper if you do the prep yourself, is because prep is the key to a good paint job. If you f*** the prep, the paint will look s***.
08:23pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
10240 posts
you can get closed door resprays for under $1k
08:27pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
4350 posts
hmm ok, good advice. thanks chaps.
08:40pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
2969 posts
Okay so you're getting it painted metallic black. If you're sanding it by hand, you'l want to use p800 wet/dry. IF you hav ean orbital sander you're get away with doing it with p400 on an interface pad.
09:19pm 12/06/12 Permalink
Brisbane, Queensland
1273 posts
just remember to wind the windows down so you don't get paint on them!
09:30pm 12/06/12 Permalink
James W
Perth, Western Australia
3 posts
A good bit of masking tape around the edges also does wonders.
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