[ad#Google Adsense 468X15 Link Units]

How to prep a classic car for paint; everybody has a different view of this process and for the bigger part most of the ideas will work just fine. For this article I will concentrate on the stage after the body work is finished and your getting ready for paint.
[ad#Google Adsense 336X280]
OK boys and girls now you have this car sitting in front of you with the body work all finished, and the car is in primer, where do you go from here? I always wet sand before I paint a car. Most people will disagree with this because they are under the impression that a DA will do as good of a job.

While it’s true that a DA sander is a lot faster, it never get’s the job done as well you you will by hand. Here is my reasoning behind this statement; first of all you will spend more time looking at your work if you wet sand, this will cause you to make less mistakes.

If your looking for a really nice looking paint job the idea is not speed, it is correctness. So now that you know that I will go right to the meat of the article. I use either a hose, or a bucket of water it doesn’t really matter what way you choose to do it.

Remember this is how to prep a classic car for paint through my eyes, so if you compare everything that you have ready on the net to this article you may not like how I do things because it will take you longer to get the work done.
[ad#Pet Products]
I always start out by rinsing the car off to remove any dirt or dust that my be on it. This is a good idea because if you get anything caught under the sand paper it will scratch the surface of it. With that out of the way I always start my sanding with either 320 grit, or 400 grit wet sand paper.
[ad#Google Adsense 336X280]
What your trying to do here is get the entire car sanded so the paint will adhere to the surface of the primer, and last for a long time. When the sanding is competed the entire surface of the car should have a dull shine on it.

Make 100% sure that yo go back and rinse the sanding residue off of the surface of the car. This needs to be done so that you can see any areas that you might have missed. At this point you will go back and sand any areas that look untouched.

Once this is completed I sand the entire car with 600 grit, this is another area that I hear some argument about every once in a while. The better the car is sanded the better your paint job will look. The key to a good looking paint job is the prep work that lays underneath the paint.
[ad#Pet Products]
Make sure that you use a block when you wet sane a car. Load the 600 grit paper on the sanding block and go over the entire surface of the car again. After his is completed you are finished sanding the car. Now take a blower and blow the water off of the car.
[ad#Tire Rack]
After the par is all the way dry take a pre-paint prep cleaner and clean the entire surface of the car. After you through doing this pull the car in to the paint booth and mask it up. After you mask the car wipe it off with a tack cloth, and your ready to go.
[ad#Google Adsense 336X280]
Conclusion: How to prep a classic car for paint; you should always wet sand the car before you paint it. Use either 320 or 400 grit wet sand paper to sand the entire surface of the car, and finish it with 600 grit wet sand paper. This should create a great looking, and long lasting paint job.
[ad#Pet Products]
[ad#Tire Rack]

Related Blogs