The Best Grit To Use When Painting Over Faded Clear Coat: Auto Body Q&A 👍

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What’s up #BossPainter nation?! I am back to doing two live streams a week! This is my first auto body Q&A session for the week and today’s highlight question is The Best Grit To Use When Painting Over Faded Clear Coat. The next session would be Thursday 8:30pm Eastern Time.

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 Question: Do I sand a vinyl dash before primer?

Yes, I’d scuff it with a 3M Scotch Brite Pad but you need to wipe it down first with wax and grease remover so that it’s clean before scuffing it down. I’d also add an adhesion promoter and fill it with a 2K filler primer. Also, you have to make sure that you don’t crunch it because it will crack.

Question: Do you recommend the Atom Mini Guns for painting engine bays?

Yes, definitely. I painted the Mower Project with the Atom Mini X16 Spray Gun. For those who haven’t seen it, check this teaser video:

How To Paint Any Car or Project Yourself Step by Step in 15 minutes!

It’s a great mini spray gun because it will fit in tight areas like edges and door jambs. The other mini spray gun is the Atom X9 Spray Gun which has a tilt feature – the side-feed cup, which has a little downside to it, but I’ve already given my feedback to the Atom manufacturers and I think they will be revamping the model so let’s see. 🧐

Atom X16 Mini Spray Gun
Atom X9 Spray Gun

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Question: What grit do I use to start sanding down flaking clear coat on the roof of my car?

You can take it down quickly with 150 to 180-grit. Then, spray the trunk, roof and hood with a 2K filler primer, cut it down with a 240-grit, wash it down and finish it off with a 400 to 500-grit before paint.

Question: Can you re-clear over existing factory clear coat?

I don’t really recommend clearing over faded clear coat. Since you’re already doing the prep work, you might as well put a fresh coat of base on it. However, you can try clearing over faded clear coat and see how it will look. 

However, if you’ll be doing that, I’d recommend using 800-grit. You just need to make sure you don’t cut down to the base coat since factory colors are very thin. It’s easy to cut through it. If that happens, you’ll really need to lay on some fresh base color on it.

It’s Tony B. Richie from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint. Thanks for joining me today. If you want a comprehensive training on auto body work and paint, check out the LearnAutoBodyAndPaint VIP Program

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