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Old 08-28-2008, 10:27 AM
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Paint repair. It's that time!

This morning somebody ran me off the road and I had to swipe a mailbox. It was either that or hit the car Long story short, I broke the mirror glass on my passenger side window and put a nice, thick, 6 inch long scratch on the door. The scratch is down to the bare metal so I have to do something about it fairly quickly before the soon-to-be-here winter salt is on the roads.

I have this large scratch, a few large rusty scratches/chips along my rear wheel wells, and some rust starting to form along the inside bottom of the doors. I'm too cheap to take it to a body shop, so I think I am going to tackle the repairs myself. I'm not looking for perfectly unnoticeable repairs, just to stop any more rust from forming and make it look "good". I've done paint repairs on my track mustang before and it turned out excellent, I'm just curious if you guys have any more suggestions for me before I tackle this project. I'm am def. not an expert at body work!

I know I can get a quality factory matched basecoat in spray cans, as well as a quality clearcoat and primer in spray cans. I have a fairly large garage for my track cars where I am going to setup a temporary "paint booth" to keep the dust to a minimum. Here is the process I am going to use:

1. Clean the affected area with a mild detergant soap and water
2. Mask the area off that is to be repainted
3. Sand the area to be primed with 2000 grit sandpaper
4. Wipe area with a mild detergant soap and water
5. Use a cheese cloth or other clean rag to remove any dust
6. Spray primer the area, let dry
7. Sand the area with 2000 grit sandpaper until it is level
8. Reapply the primer if needed and repeat the sanding after drying
9. Clean the area with a mild detergant and water, and then use a cheese cloth or other clean rag to remove any remaining dust
10. Spray the basecoat, let dry
11. Sand the area with 2000 grit sandpaper until level
12. Spray another basecoat, let dry
13. Sand the area with 2000 grit sandpaper until level with the rest of the paint
14. Spray another basecoat if the paint is still not level with the surrounding paint, otherwise
move to step 14.
15. Clean the area with a mild detergant and water, and then use cheese cloth or other clean rag
16. Spray clear coat, let dry overnight (not sure if I should spray two coats of clear, or just one)
17. Remove the masking tape
18. Use 3m rubbing compound to blend with existing clear coat
19. Use 3m polishing compount if more final buffing is needed (to match existing paints gloss)
20. Wax the vehicle

Think this process will work?
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