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Detailing & Appearance Discuss washing, waxing and detailing information as well as interior/exterior cosmetic modifications. This includes neons, body, cosmetic wheels, etc. Even under the hood detailing.

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Old 04-08-2005, 01:33 AM   #11
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DONT GET MACCO!!!!!!!!! worst think you could ever do they use shitty base and clear it will look alright for a few years then look exactly how your car looks now

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Yeah, I agree. You know the saying you get what you pay for? Well, you are paying for ****. They rub it all over the car, and in a year or two, that **** will rub off and you will have the original paint underneath.

Do you have a lot of time on your hands? A garage perhaps? Do ALL the prepwork yourself. Sand the whole car down [or Media-Blast if you want to take everything apart, this WILL have car downtime], bondo up the whole car, and make everything super straight. Then if you have a friend with a spray gun, Primer the car yourself. If not, let the shop do it. You don't pay for paint, or the labour to paint. What you do pay for, is the prep work. Do you know how many hours it is for a few guys to do prep work on a car? 24-48 hours to do everything perfect [the more effort you put into this now, the better the finished result]. How ambitious are you, my friend? This is what I have all planned out [later on, because cosmetics don't matter much to me], rent a booth at the local auto body shop. Paint it yourself. Get some books on prepping and painting, grab a practice fender [preferably one with a few dents in it], and sand it down, do all the prep work necessary, then ask to use the auto body shop overnight [if they have a drier, you can be out of there in 2 hours], they may just let you for free, if you know the owner or something. Then, once the fender is dry, take it home.. wet sand it yourself, do everything needed to make that fender beautiful. If it comes out looking good, go out and paint your car.

Sorry for the long post.. I may not know you personally, but if you are dedicated enough, love your car enough, and are stupidly ambitious [noting wrong with that, btw --I am like that] enough.. you can do it.

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This is pretty much the plan, but I will need to educate myself before summer arrives. I have found some pretty good guides online for rust removal and things like that. I should only be working from 4 or 5 AM to about 7 (delivering newspapers) so my days should be pretty free. My main concern right now is just finding out what steps I need to do and in what order before I take it to be painted, which you have covered pretty well OSG. I could even start taking off the rust now on my spare time.

Does anyone know of a really good resource for doing this kind of stuff?

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