Hood Painting Tips..
I've never painted anything on a car.
The paint on my cavilers hood is pretty pad, flaking off and the previous owner tried to use some of those dab brushes with no prepwork so its flaking off too.
Basically it looks terrible. I was a bit inspired by willwren'* thread last year about painting the hood and even though he is using a gun, I figure I can get at least halfway good results with a spray can.
I'm thinking of purchasing some pre-mixed base coat to match the color code..about $30 a can....spray paint in a can, probably 2 cans, then one can of clear and doing all the sanding myself.
I'm guessing i'll need some 400 grit or so with the electric sander to get most of it done, then go down to 800ish or so with hand sanding...not sure if I need to go finer
Once done sanding I need a material to clean it, not sure what is best, then 1 coat of primer, then sand the primer...then clean again with an unknown chemical....then 2 coats of base coat sanding between each time, then finally a coat of clear.
Keep in mind this is a $1500 car so there is no point in spending $500 to get it done at even one of the cheaper shops here. The lowest quote is around $400 or so but that is me doing the prepwork....
I just need the paint to stick good enough to go thru a car wash and not chip off, which the OEM paint is doing right now.
I understand the prepwork is going to be the biggest thing here to make it stick for a while...
any tips on specific primers or chemicals to use to prep it?