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Old 08-02-2005, 02:12 PM   #1
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Ok, so I'll have a can of base coat color matched and a can of clear coat. I know that I need to mask off the lens, which I've already done. But what else prep, finish work do I need to do? Is is necessary to sand the area to be painted first or just use some sort of chemical stripper on it?? I've never really done any of this kind of work before, so...

After it is painted/clear coated what next? Do I need some sort of buffing compound or anything?

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Old 08-02-2005, 04:27 PM   #2
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I did mine with light sanding and then a couple coats of Testor's red paint. Then a couple coats with touch-up paint to color match. Sanded, then applied a couple coats of clear coat. They've been on my car for a year now and look great still.

You might want to do a coat of primer first, but o.w. what you have sounds like the right stuff. And, it'll come out much nicer, much more quickly than my brush was able to do. But those are the tools I had...

The side winker isn't exactly a high-wear area anyway.
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Old 08-02-2005, 09:25 PM   #3
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yeah, I thought about primer, but I don't think it will be an issue in that spot, especially since I'm not even painting much at all. What grit sandpaper did you use?? Any special polishing after is was all done??

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Old 08-02-2005, 09:34 PM   #4
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use a scrotch brite pad to scuff the surface. then use a plastic primer.
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Old 08-05-2005, 12:30 AM   #5
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Not sure of the grit I had. Just used some modeling sandpaper that I had. The brushstrokes were still pretty visible - the touch-up paint isn't really intended to cover much area. I'd have much rather had spray.

Speaking of which, how is it that you "have a can of base coat color matched"? I've got some other project ideas that that'll be perfect for...
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Old 08-05-2005, 02:42 AM   #6
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well, there is www.paintscratch.com or a local paint shop. I was going to do the online route as I've heard good things about them, but then I checked locally and got the same thing for about the same money, but I had it the next day.

Under the hood there is a metal plaque that has your paint code on it. Any competent auto paint shop should be able to make you a spray can to that color code. I got a can of base coat and clear coat for 40 bucks. Kinda spendy, but what can you do??

I've done the coat of primer and the first base coat. I sanded the base coat layer with 600 grit, wet. Hopefully it will only take 1 more coat and then on to the clear. Wait several days and then some rubbing compound to make it shine.

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Old 08-05-2005, 12:18 PM   #7
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good to see that you wet sanded with 600 grit between paint coats... but did you sand with a 400 grit BEFORE you applied any paint? you want the use the sandpaper to scuff up the surface just enough for the paint to grab hold, not too much so you can see a bunch of deep scratches, though. and primer is VERY important for the longevity of your painting project. primer is kind of like the glue between your car part and the paint. it helps provide a better surface for the paint to stick to and also stops stains or bleeds from coming through... always use primer first!!!
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Old 08-05-2005, 12:31 PM   #8
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I did scuff the surface before the primer. I applied the first coat of clear coat before I left for work this morning. I bit more wet sanding and then another coat of clear and I will be done with the first one, at least until I can rub it out.

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Old 08-07-2005, 09:47 PM   #9
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I did scuff the surface before the primer. I applied the first coat of clear coat before I left for work this morning. I bit more wet sanding and then another coat of clear and I will be done with the first one, at least until I can rub it out.

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Thats some serious attention to detail. I would have suggested some plastic primer like Russell said.

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Old 08-08-2005, 01:25 AM   #10
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yeah, I guess. But I mean the wet sanding took literally 15 seconds. I think I spent more actual time masking the lens off. Anyways, if I can get some rubbing compound tomorrow they will be all ready to go. I have some wire and will sauder them in sometime soon.

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Old 08-08-2005, 01:38 AM   #11
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solder not sauder, but who's really worried about grammar these days... it is good that you are taking your time and doing it right. it's the quality in the details that will make the difference!!!
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yep, I was pretty sure it was wrong but didn't care enough to check on what was right.

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