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Painting process

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Painting process
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 12, 2004 2:54 PM

I have a 54 Mustang kit that I am going to finish. It has been like 8 years since I did some work to it, or to any model as a matter of fact. Back then I used to spray paint my models without any base coat or prep and the results were not that good. Now i know better but I still have some questions.

The model is still virgin, it has never been touched by paint and is as new as it was the day i bought the kit 10 years ago.

Here is my plan,

1) Wash and dry the body
2) Apply first light coat of prime (should I sand it now?)
3) Apply second coat of prime, let dry for 24 hrs and sand it
4) Apply 2 light coats of paint (should I sand between coat?)
5) apply final coat (or coats if needed)
6) Apply a clear coat
7) Polish and wax

Now i would like to apply a clear coat finish on top. Should i polish and wax the paint before applying the clear coat or should I just sand it a little? And how many clear coats should I apply?

I was also thinking of applying the clear coat after painting all the trim on the surface of the model.

Your opinons will be very valuable.
  • Member since
    May 2008
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 12, 2004 4:25 PM
im a newbie. this process is new to me... i was wondering if you could elaborate. thanks in advance.
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    January 2004
  • From: East Tennessee, Hillbilly Country
Posted by crzyhorse on Thursday, February 12, 2004 4:46 PM
"pshew"That hurt my voice. Smile If you wax it before you're done you'll ruin the paint job. you've got the basics down pat. , don't sand any coat of paint or primer till it's dry (at least 24hrs) put your paint on in maybe 3 thin coats each one a little heavier than the last. the 1st 2 can come back to back with an hour or so to "flash dry" when these dry completely (24-48 hrs) you can the "polish" them with 2000 grit sandpaper to level the surface. after leveling the surface you can shoot the final or "wet" coat. you should paint this on on kinda thick, but not to the point of it running. give this at least 48 hrs to dry (most guys allow a week) before hitting it with the 2000 grit again. then start the clear in EXACTLY the same manner
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 12, 2004 10:44 PM
Yes, I agree with the wax part. I am lñeaving that for last. I have no rush to finish this project. So I am going to take my time and let the pieces dry for a week.

Now, Should I sand the final coat of paint bfore applying the clear coat?


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