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Most Common Autobody Sand Paper Grits – 80 Grit, 150 Grit, 240 Grit, 320 Grit, 400 Grit, 2000 Grit

Autobody Sand Paper Grits Exposed

Are you wondering what types of autobody sand paper you need for your project?

When first starting out with auto body and paint and automotive customization, you may be a little confused of the many varieties of sand papers to choose from.

Here is the most common autobody sand paper grits used today for auto body shaping, refining and finishing purposes. 

We’ll start with the most common 80 grit sand paper. With 80 grit paper you can use it for shaping your first coat of bondo, don’t get me wrong, you also have the option to use the notorious 36 grit paper that cuts like a shark… but in my opinion, it’s just not necessary because if you lay your bondo on thin and correctly you won’t need to sand much off anyway.

After shaping with 80 grit, I like to move up to a 150 – 220 grit paper to take out those coarse 80 grit sand scratches. And no, you don’t want to prime over 80 grit paper.

Getting your work area down to a 150-220 will set your stage for primer or a guide coat. I just use my primer as my guide coat (more about this in the VIP course).

Finalizing with a 320-360 can be a good base for a cheap enamel paint job (if you want to paint directly over your sanded paint) or a thick coat or two of some 2k primer if you want to paint over primer and or use a base coat clear coat application. Water sand that with a 400 and your good to shoot. 

Again, if you’re first starting… this may seem a bit confusing but for now I hope you understand this. If not, don’t worry, the VIP Course covers it all and takes you by the hand through the entire process.

Finally, you come to your color sanding and buffing stage ( if you used clear coat over your enamel paint job or if you painted a 2 part system aka (base coat clear coat). You can cut your clear with 1200, 1500 and a 2000 grit papers.

Some guys like to cut the clear down flat with a 1000 grit paper, but I personally dont like to for specific reasons. 1. you can get deep sand scratches, 2. you can eat up clear fast. I usually start with a DRY 1500 on a DA sander with a velcro pad.

Once the clear is cut flat, I switch to a 2000 and wash it down wet sanding. Now you have an ultra smooth surface to start your color sanding and buffing. Then on to the next blog post about color sanding and buffing.

I hope you enjoyed this short post!  

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Be cool,

Tony

 

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9 Responses to Most Common Autobody Sand Paper Grits – 80 Grit, 150 Grit, 240 Grit, 320 Grit, 400 Grit, 2000 Grit

  1. Janey November 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi Tony thanx loved the short blog spot on cheers Janey

  2. moises November 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    Hi Tony thanx every note is big tool, to learn the right way to do thanks…

  3. Manu November 24, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    Hi Tony,

    Very nice and short information regarding sandpaper grits.

    Manu

    • Tony November 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

      Glad you liked it!

  4. Martin February 18, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Very Nice Tony. I have seen your videos for to weeks now and read on your blogg. I’m planning to paint my Honda NSR, either all white or black with red rims. What spray gun should i buy? Not more than 350$ im not sure we have all the same guns here in norway…

    • Tony February 21, 2012 at 12:54 am #

      The DevilBiss is not a bad starting gun. Sharpe is also great. I would recommend a 1.4 tip. Here are a few guns that we recommend: Auto Body Tools
      Be cool!

  5. omar September 9, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    He tony I’m gona paint my car with that duplicolor paint shop paint it comes in a 32 floz can how much do u thin k ill need I’m painting a 1980 grand prix? Thanks

  6. omar September 9, 2012 at 4:43 am #

    And thanks for the info

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