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Paul Leonard
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From: NLR, AR, USA
Registered: May 2000

posted 04-09-2001 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Leonard   Click Here to Email Paul Leonard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hello everyone... Haven't posted in a while, but I'm still out here lurking.... Just dont have a lot of questions when I dont have my car to work on. Several months back I took my car to the body shop (a good friend), we worked what I thought was a good deal... and I still do. He is working on it as his project car... spare time when he has nothing else.. unfortunately we had a bad winter so when he was about to get really moving on it... ice damaged cars! Anyways, he is about to get back on it with my help fixing all the rust. Im not planning to take it down to a not rolling chassie in his shop, so it either gets painted now, or it gets painted after I replace front & rear suspension, and detail engine bay. Car is stripped pretty much now. All interior, dash, front fenders, bumpers, etc. Im planning on replacing the convert top, so I'm not concerned about that. I'm leaning towards the painting now. But this is my first car (otherwise I would have known to look better for rust...hehe) Please let me know what you think.

Paul

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Lennie_21
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From: Denton, TX
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 04-09-2001 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lennie_21   Click Here to Email Lennie_21     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul,

If it were me, I'd do all the mechanical work first. Detail the engine bay, replace engine, tranny, suspension, etc....

That way if you do happen to slip with a wrench or bump the car with something you don't run the risk of ruining the finish.

Lastly, I'd put the tires and rims on and have the new convertably top installed. That way you don't run the risk of getting over spray on them.

Also if you paint the jams do that before painting the car. Make sure you put an extra coat on the edges if they've been sanded down to bare metal and just have primer on them. Also I usually mix the paint a little bit on the thick side when painting jams, under the hood, trunk and engine bay.

Lennie

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Paul Leonard
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From: NLR, AR, USA
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posted 04-09-2001 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Leonard   Click Here to Email Paul Leonard     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself... what about the risk of getting paint on the new engine, engine bay, and suspension parts? Can they be masked off well enough to keep them ok? What are my risks there?

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71RESTO
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posted 04-10-2001 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71RESTO   Click Here to Email 71RESTO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you're redoing the suspension, do it after painting. Like you said, you'll get overspray all over it and ruin the hard work you just put in. As for the engine compartment, restore it first, drop the restored engine and tranny in, then mask the entire engine bay off and paint the car. Comes out well and then there's no risk of ruining the paint doing the engine compartment.
Good luck.

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The Buckmaster
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From: Summerfield Oh USA
Registered: Nov 99

posted 04-10-2001 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for The Buckmaster   Click Here to Email The Buckmaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I prefer to do my mechanical side first.Get the car running good with good brakes.I would than paint the body,than the engine compartment,than do my suspension and undercarage detail.Suspension is done low and the risk of damage should be less to your fresh paint than engine compatment work.

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ccode67
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From: douglasville,ga,usa
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 04-10-2001 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another thing you can do is apply liquid mask to any areas already finished, a buddy owns a body shop and they spray entire cars with it to guard against any overspray "floating around the shop" accidents do and have happened which caused entire cars to be hand rubbed before released to the customers.

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ccode67
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posted 04-10-2001 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I left out that it washes off with soap and water and it does work on engine bays and undercarriage.

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67 stang 5 speed
91 f-150 xlt
98 explorer xlt sohc v-6
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mellowyellow
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From: So. Fl.
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posted 04-10-2001 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like to paint first. For the bottom, I used Reynolds wrap on springs, axle, suspension, etc. I painted my trunk first and also lined it. The engine compartment got covered but redone just before engine drop. When putting the engine in, had plenty of padding and covering over fender tops. It allows for a more factory appearing job. If the bottom of car has been detailed it can be covered with foil also or Heavy freezer paper. Starting at the pinch weld along the bottom of the car, attached the covering with duct tape. It weathered a trip to shop on the flatbed. The body shop owner, being a joker called me up and said they couldn't paint my car. I asked why not and he said with all the foil on it they couldn't nuke it afterwards!!! All those clownw were laughing in the background and they kidded me every time I came in with danish so they could stuff their ugly LOL! faces!! The latest MMonthly has an article about car painting and they used the foil trick. Check out the color of the 66 they painted!! no comment!

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