How to Restore a Car’s Paint Job : How to Remove Old Paint from a Car

How to Restore a Car’s Paint Job : How to Remove Old Paint from a Car

Hi, I’m Doug. I work with twenty great guys
in St. Louis at Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods and we’re going to do some work for you today
on Expert Village. Next step in painting the repair we’ve done on the Miyata is we need
to scuff up the old paint and the old clear. So, Alex is using a super fine Scotch Brite
pad and he’ll just rub the whole thing down to scuff up the clear a little bit, the old
clear coat. So that the new paint and clear will stick to it. He’s even going over his
old work. Even thought it’s already been sanded so it has the same consistency on the whole
car. We want the last thing that touches everything to be the same grit so that when the base
coat and clear go on there everything has a uniform appearance. You can see where if
you sand one thing finer than another that they’d have a different quality of paint and
shine to it when you’re done. He takes the Scotch Brite and folds it over to get right
up to the edge of that dark tape. Because we want everything we spray on this car to
stick. If you leave just a little bit of a shiny edge there, the clear won’t stick. The
paint won’t stick and it will start peeling off from the edges of it. If you look at older
cars that have had poor quality body work done to them over the years you can see where
paint starts to peel around the edges of things. This is also a good chance to make sure everything’s
really clean. Sometimes a car that hasn’t been kept clean enough during its life will
have dirt, really old oxidized dirt in the paint. This is the time to get that out.

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  1. a Shop did a paint job on my car, it came out beautiful only problem is he painted my exhaust pipes black. Is their anyway I can safely and without damaging anything remove the paint, what would I need to use, someone said either a brillo pad or sandpaper

  2. I just painted a 1991 Camaro a few months ago. The owner was totally anal about it, and made me sand it down to bare metal… why? Who cares.

  3. Make sure you spot prime the spots that are bare metal first or you risk rust corrosion later or stain where the paint looks two different colors after you apply the clear

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