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I finally got all the body work done on my Z, and have it primed with two coats of a urethane primer, and am now ready to paint it, however have a question. My car is stripped of the interior and all the glass and trim. My local body shop says to paint it this way and then put the stuff back in (on) however a few other people have told me to paint around where the glass and trim and bumpers go first, put them back on (in) and then mask and paint the whole car, so that I dont have to worry about scratching the paint when I put them back. My question is which way produces a better paint job.
 

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Depends. Is the body shop talking about painting underneath the carpet and interior as well? This is obviously a waste of paint and money, but its good rust protection. Other wise, you can buy cheaper rust protectants like the infamous 'fishylene' (cod oil) which will stink like dead fish for a month.

Otherwise, do it mates way. How clumsy can you be?
 

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Tommy,

I painted my 76 this fall and have started the installation of all the parts. My opinion is to shoot the entire car and then put everything back in. I had all the glass out of mine as well as the fenders, hatch, hood, grill etc. Each piece was totally stripped and then refinished. So far I have put one little nick in the paint, when I reinstalled the SS drip edge, and a drop of paint fixed it so well I cannot find where I nicked it. Just take you time and be slow and deliberate around the car. When I installed the freshly painted hatch with a new F-40 wing on it I had my wife and son to help and still applied tape and padding around the body opening and just went slow.

Go for it and good luck...............

Charles
 

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Paint it as you have it (striped) the put the glass,ect. in Polyurathane is pretty tough and you will get more to a factory paint job. The cut in method is for wimps if ya had the nads to take it all apart to do it right don"t start slackin now!
 

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Re: Yeah, shoot it

I just did the same thing...if there's nothing inside you're worried about gettin overspray on, just do it all.
 

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Re: Yeah, shoot it

Unless you're a total clod about reinstalling your parts, you shouldn't have a problem shooting now, and then reinstalling.

The main reason the body shop is telling you to shoot now and reintall later is simple, masking. It takes time and can be time consuming to mask parts not to be painted. Additionally if you spray around the window openings, you are definitely going to have areas that will need to be sanded to accept the next coat of paint. If not done right this method will show either a paint line, or in the case of certain paints WILL affect the overall look / tone / depth of the color.

By painting the car inside first, then doing a very light mask job on the openings, you can shoot the outside with very little to no overspray on the inside. The final look will be essentially better which is your question.

The key to this whole thing is how confident / able you are on reinstalling the windshield, trims etc. If you take care you shouldn't have a problem. Another way to help avoid problems is to ask your painter to use Gloss Hardener on the last coat or two, or on the whole paint job, then wait at least 72 or more hours to let the paint harden.

This won't eliminate the possibility of chips or scratches, but will help so that it will be harder to do either.

Then take care and you shouldn't have any problems.
 

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its harder for them to mask the big openings where the glass is
and you get alot of dirt flying out of the inside of the
car. that is one main reason off the top of my head
i prepped cars for 5 years so i know. i even went as far as putting cardboard
in the openings.

they dont want to risk having a piece of masking paper come up
and landing right in the middle of the hood during painting . when u blow a car down in the paint booth prior to paint you can loosen up tape or tear paper


wait as long as u can b4 assembling the car. that way the paint is harder
 
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