i pm'ed matt this last night:
i bought this sti that had a color change paintjob. they never cut in the door jams so the original black is still there. i am thinking of painting it back to black. the color change paint is in really good contiditon. what do i need to do to get it ready for paint? sand all the way down to primer of just take the "shine" off? thanks
Is it single stage, or base/clear? If there is no chips and the clear coat doesn't have any imperfections; buy some grey scotch bright pads, and a scuffing compound like "scuff stuff". All you have to do is "take the shine off", like you said. The scuff pads are much quicker than sand paper, and last a lot longer. Don't get crazy sanding down to primer unless there is imperfections in the paint or adhesion problems. I would just seal over the existing paint before shooting it black. Any other questions just ask.
thanks for the reply. it is a base/clear paint.