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Paint Stripping Q
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I know Roy sanded his car to bare metal, so I have a question for him or anyone else that has done it before...

...I got some quotes to have my car media blasted. After recovering from sticker shock, how long should it take if I sand/wire wheel to bare metal? I don't have the money for a compressor and tools at the moment, so I'm thinking of using this. I've heard and read good things about it for stripping paint and such.

Time really isn't an issue, I'm just curious how long it took Roy to do his (I'm assuming he used an air DA sander).

God, I with I had more money for a proper shop.

Steve



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How long? In my opinion, it takes 2 days past forever...

Much depends on what exactly you're going to sand to bare metal and how many repaints it's had. If you're doing jambs and underhood... call it 4 days past...
I was quoted $400 to media a '67 coupe rolling shell that had one repaint and was degreased, inside and out. I thought that was an INCREDIBLY good deal, but sold the car before I started on it.
Consider the cost of electric, the proper (large capacity) compressor, tools and several rolls of GOOD DA paper, and cleanup...

My '71 isn't in that bad of shape to need blasting. One crusty enamel repaint done a zillion years ago, and they didn't do the jambs so there's less to scuff. Everything's fairly nice to begin with, but I'm still not looking forward to the sanding.

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I'm still debating taking it all the way down. I may just take it down to primer and then re-evaluate. The body is in pretty good shape with pretty minor rust which I'll obviously take those spots down to metal. Basically I have a two week window (2 weekends and weekdays after work) to get the prep done. I'm not going for show quality, but I do want a good base to work from. My last media blast quote (rolling shell, inside and out) was $2300 (revised to $1800) and I can't afford that. I had another quote that was lower but he wouldn't do the entire body.

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#4
Air compressor from Lowe's is a good deal for those of us on a budget. This is the last day for it though.

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sm3570;27172 Wrote:I'm still debating taking it all the way down. I may just take it down to primer and then re-evaluate. The body is in pretty good shape with pretty minor rust which I'll obviously take those spots down to metal. Basically I have a two week window (2 weekends and weekdays after work) to get the prep done. I'm not going for show quality, but I do want a good base to work from. My last media blast quote (rolling shell, inside and out) was $2300 (revised to $1800) and I can't afford that. I had another quote that was lower but he wouldn't do the entire body.

Why dont you post some pics of what you have and let us debate wether media blast it or not?

Ive never sandblasted any car till now... i really dont trust the super power the sandblaster machines have, hitting good plane areas so i always end up old school, with paint remover and sanding the surfaces by hand...



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I've used those 3M nylon stripping wheels to go to bare metal - got the fat side stripes off a '73 that way; just takes time and you're likely to burn up a standard drill or two.
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URUGUAYAN_FASTBACK;27193 Wrote:
sm3570;27172 Wrote:I'm still debating taking it all the way down. I may just take it down to primer and then re-evaluate. The body is in pretty good shape with pretty minor rust which I'll obviously take those spots down to metal. Basically I have a two week window (2 weekends and weekdays after work) to get the prep done. I'm not going for show quality, but I do want a good base to work from. My last media blast quote (rolling shell, inside and out) was $2300 (revised to $1800) and I can't afford that. I had another quote that was lower but he wouldn't do the entire body.

Why dont you post some pics of what you have and let us debate wether media blast it or not?

Ive never sandblasted any car till now... i really dont trust the super power the sandblaster machines have, hitting good plane areas so i always end up old school, with paint remover and sanding the surfaces by hand...

In a couple weeks I'm going to start sanding it. When I get it down to primer I'll snap some pics and see what you guys think. On cursory inspection I've found about a half dozen small spots where the paint has blistered and some pinholing in the right rear quarter (by the wheel well). Other than that, there does not appear to be any bad spots but we'll find out when I get the paint off!
Mr Mac;27177 Wrote:Air compressor from Lowe's is a good deal for those of us on a budget. This is the last day for it though.

That was a good deal, but I don't think it pushes enough air for a DA sander. I'd need between 10 and 15 SCFM to be able to sand consistently. And my garage isn't big enough for a good air comp!

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Go for it, no doubts when you are done


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I like it TNFASTBACK, clear it and call it good. I would use an aircraft stripper first to get rid of the bulk of the paint then da/orbital what little is left off to a clean bare metal.
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RollTideMach;27251 Wrote:I like it TNFASTBACK, clear it and call it good. I would use an aircraft stripper first to get rid of the bulk of the paint then da/orbital what little is left off to a clean bare metal.

To late......................


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