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I am about to have my mkii painted and wanted your opinion. I have two options, Option 1, I can have my current paint totally stripped off and start at bare metal then put primer, paint, and clear on my supra.

Option 2. have my supra just sanded down, not to bare metal b/c the current paint is in good condition with the exception of 2 tiny spots of rust that need to be fixed. The guy told me the current paint would be a good base and I did not have to start at bare metal. I always thought it was best to take it down to the metal. I need your opinion b/c I have no clue about whats best for my supra.

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Parkay
 

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I would not do the bare metal job, if the current paint is adhering well. You will never be able to prep the metal and apply as good a primer as what was put on in a controlled factory paint system. I know, I work for one of the largest paint companies in the US.
 

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I'll second that. The only time stripping becomes necessary is when the car has been previously repainted and adhesion is suspect (i.e. Maaco) or if there has been serious deterioration or damage to the factory paint. I guess also if the car has been repainted several times making it too thick is not a good thing either.

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I would not do the bare metal job, if the current paint is adhering well. You will never be able to prep the metal and apply as good a primer as what was put on in a controlled factory paint system. I know, I work for one of the largest paint companies in the US.
 

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I'll, umm... third that! Look at the pic link in my sig for the restoration of my white 85. The only reason I stripped the passenger rear quarter was b/c that corner had a previous respray that was poor. It had crackled, and rust was developing underneath (also noted in pix). The rest of the car had OE paint, which only required minor wetsanding for prep.

Good luck!
 

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Thank you for the replies and now I know starting with a good base is better than going down to the metal. Thanks again.
 

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I'm in the process of doing this now...how I wish they hadn't done that dodgy respray over the top :( Ahh well, couple of coats of POR15 all over, she'll be right.
 

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Greg G said:
I'll, umm... third that! Look at the pic link in my sig for the restoration of my white 85. The only reason I stripped the passenger rear quarter was b/c that corner had a previous respray that was poor. It had crackled, and rust was developing underneath (also noted in pix). The rest of the car had OE paint, which only required minor wetsanding for prep.

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Greg,

What procedure did you use for wetsanding, and how far did you go (i.e. did you just scuff the surface or did you actually sand down to the "color"?)
 

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Hi Bob,
basically I just scuffed the surface with 3M 600 grit paper and a bucket o' water. This particular car had sat under a sap tree for most of its life. You wld be amazed how hard sap dries when ignored for years. I cld not find any product to remove the sap (and I tried many) except for sanding it off.

IIRC, Super White is not a clearcoat finish, so I was already removing "color" from the start. This was enough to provide a clean surface with bite for the body shop to spray onto. Oh yea... I made a helluva mess of white residue on my blacktop driveway.

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Hmm... Thanks Greg!

If it was clearcoated, would you have taken it to the color or no?

<--- bodywork newb :) Always just made them fast and left them ugly :lol:
 
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