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Old 12-30-2003, 18:54   #1 (permalink)
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Question DIY preparation for respraying

Hi everyone, Im just after some advice/info on preparing panels at home for a respray. A Friend of a friend is going to do a mates rates type respray, (he did a truly awe inspiring job spraying an SVO grille for me for nix) and I'm going to attmept the prep at home to lessen the burden on the guy/keep costs down. Ive prepared spoilers/handles/c-pillar garnishes before (plastic etc stuff) but never panels. My drivers door has two really big dints in it, and there are assorted dints on the right side doors/rear quarter.These panels appear to have been resprayed at some point so i think they are 'bodgy respray dints' (or really deep chips in the respray as opposed to dints in the metal panels.If any one can give some advice or point me in the direction of other discussions that cover this topic itd be really helpful.
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Re: DIY preparation for respraying

The first and the most important tip is ALWAYS use a block to keep the sandpaer 100% flat.. don't use your hands ,, you will get away with it on smaller items but not on the actual panels of the car..

Look around the car before you start sanding and circle all the dents you want to repair while there is still gloss on the paint because they show up so much easier.. start with all the repairs before you begin sanding

the large paint chips could be filled with blade putty and sanded flat before you move on.. The larger ones will need body filler but again get it all nice and flat before you sand ther rest of the door
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