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Old 10-08-2014, 07:16 PM   #1
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painting over a perfectly good car

SO. I have a grand marquis project car that Im going to use to learn the ins and outs of customizing on, because its a cheap car and Id rather learn how to do stuff than sell it for $1500. No matter what I do to the MGM, its not going to lose any more value, but it possibly could gain value. I have to learn this stuff, but I don't wanna try it on a car of value.

The next thing I want to do to it is learn how to paint. Can I just sand the perfectly good clearcoat that's on it right now, and then apply some primer and start there?

I don't want that orange-peel look that a lot of people get on their cars when they paint them at home. Can I polish the actual base coat before clear goes on? Im totally new so idk if that will cause swirls or something that I wont notice until clear goes on. I almost think that "How To Paint-- For Dummies" could be a sticky in this forum

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Good choice to practice on the MGM and build your skill set first. I have never refinished a car but have done a little body work as well as finished a lot of guitars and prep work is the key to success with a glossy finish. Your best bet would be to visit one of the forums dedicated to finishing and body work or a book on the subject.
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