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Old 08-05-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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Painting my 03 Stang

Hey guys, I'm new to this site an to owning a car in general but I figure you guys probably know more then me on this:

I want to paint my 03 coupe Mustang I recently bought. It has a few small dents that I plan on getting removed but afterwards i'd like to paint it.

What steps should I got about doing this?

I plan on doing this myself in my garage after covering everything in plastic.

I was going to sand it down with 320 grit sandpaper.
Layer it with primer.
Add a second layer of primer.
Sand that down.
Then add a layer of arctic white urethane paint.
Sand with 1200 grit.
Add another layer of white paint.
Then do a layer of clear coat.
Finish with a buffer/polish.

Any pointers?

I can get a gallon of white paint for 35$
How many gallons for 1 car?
How much primer?
Clear coat?
What kind of polish?

Should I remove the bumpers, hood, fenders, and doors?

All answers are appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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One question... Are you experienced with painting?
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I was a top artist in a large school, I plan on practicing air brushing on an old jeep I own.
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I was a top artist in a large school, I plan on practicing air brushing on an old jeep I own.
Well, like auto painting?
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Re: Painting my 03 Stang

yeah its a whole new ball game when you get a case of the runs on the car and everything not being even
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:11 PM   #6
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Only advice I have is take your time.
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Good luck I have no clue go to paint. That's why I work in the engine
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Re: Painting my 03 Stang

Painting a car has two outcomes.

Done right and done not so well, the latter is quite noticeable.

If you're not truly experienced in automotive painting/detailing then I would leave it to a trustworthy, reputable professional.

Inexperienced painting will definitely be noticeable...especially on a car. Now I will say white is a better color to hide mistakes or mishaps, but it's still there.

It looks like your car is currently sonic blue, why don't you want to stick with sonic blue? I'm 110% sure there are more white stangs out there than sonic blue ones.
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Well, like auto painting?
No, not auto painting. I'm a fast learner though, I was always capable of learning new mediums quickly.

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Painting a car has two outcomes.

Done right and done not so well, the latter is quite noticeable.

If you're not truly experienced in automotive painting/detailing then I would leave it to a trustworthy, reputable professional.

Inexperienced painting will definitely be noticeable...especially on a car. Now I will say white is a better color to hide mistakes or mishaps, but it's still there.

It looks like your car is currently sonic blue, why don't you want to stick with sonic blue? I'm 110% sure there are more white stangs out there than sonic blue ones.
I like the blue but I was looking for something that absorbs less heat and is easy to clean and look nice.
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No, not auto painting. I'm a fast learner though, I was always capable of learning new mediums quickly.

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I like the blue but I was looking for something that absorbs less heat and is easy to clean and look nice.
Sonic Blue never looks dirty white to me does.
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Definetly take off both bumpers. And like it was said before, take your time. Dont make the paint too wet or you will get runs. Id practice before doing your car
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Also remove the door handles, lessens the risk of runs
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