Single-Stage On Bare Metal, Prepping Aluminum For Paint, No Paint Booth Autobody Work | More Q&A

Prepping aluminum car paint job or painting Single-stage on bare metal is one of the challenges in a car.  It’s important to have a clear vision of the process, this will also help you choose what products to buy and what steps to follow. Read this post for some tips on how to do it yourself.  Don’t forget to sign-up for to Learn Auto Body and Paint FREE COURSE for the step-by-step autobody work/process of “The G.O.O.D. Van Project”. Please also LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to my YT channel for new videos coming out soon.

QUESTION: What grit sandpaper do you recommend for prepping aluminum?

If you’re going to prime it and get rid of the aluminum you could go like a 180-220 grit. Then put some Epoxy prime on it followed by 2k filler primer. Sand that out smooth with 400 and then paint it. But if you’re going to clear coat it, it depends if you want to have like a brush stroke look you can use 600 grit. Get that brush stroke, look into it, and then clear on top of that. You can clear directly on top of the aluminum and so it depends on what you want to do.

QUESTION: Single-stage or base-clear for no paint booth job?

It doesn’t matter whatever you want to do. I did the GOOD Van project here single stage in my garage and it came out fantastic. Although, a clear coat is a little bit more forgiving if you screw up or if you have runs you can color sand and buff it a little easier especially if it’s metallic. If you got dust in it you can color sand, buff, and clear coat it but you can sand and buff with single-stage also. It depends on what you want to do or on your budget.

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Single-stage is a lot cheaper and a lot quicker, you could finish a car painting half the time. Basically, clear coat you’re going to be doubling it because you’re going around two and a half to three coats of base and then two coats of clear. With single-stage, you’re just going around the car with two medium wet coats of paint and it’s covered, you’re done. So painting single-stage literally takes half the time and probably it’s half the money in material, give or take. 

QUESTION: How would you prep galvanized toolbox bare metal. planning on single-stage paint?

I’m assuming you’re going to prime it and paint it. You could just sand it with like a 220, prime it, sand it and paint it ingle-stage. Sand it with 220, you could put a DTM primer on it and hit that flat with a D.A. You could paint single-stage over 360 grit or even 320 but I wouldn’t go coarser than that.

QUESTION: What is the best filler for aluminum before I prime and paint it?

You could use regular body filler or you can use Kitty hair. You could fill aluminum with regular Rage Evercoat body filler or the same stuff you use on metal.

QUESTION: Best filler for cast aluminum?

For me, regular body filler works for that type of stuff. You could use regular body filler or you could use Short strand kitty hair. And yes, you could use two-way tape but for some emblems, it’s just easier to put a dab of glue on it and snag it on. But if you have two-sided 3m tape that just works as well.

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