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Post by Brakery on January 21st 2008, 4:13 pm

Hey Guys, new to the site. Just picked up a 93 corolla for cheap. The kid I bought it from said that he primed it intending on painting the car. Now after I tape everything up, should I wet sand it with 400 grit? Also I am in idaho (low humidity, and cold) and will be doing this project in my garage. Should 1 part paint, 1 part mineral spirits be ok? Thanks for any comments!!

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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by JMJ Rick on January 21st 2008, 4:47 pm

Your temp is about the same as we have here on the coast. I painted my Storm during Christmas, 40 degrees outside, maybe 50 in the garage. I think the cooler temps helped with the paint level out, but it took a long time to dry between coats. I did one coat a day basically working on it same time every afternoon. I would suggest a quick wet sand, 400 if the serface is pretty much ready to paint, a little courser if you need to smooth it out. Start with the 50-50 (1:1) mix, get the feel for it, you can adjust the mixture with a little more paint if needed but the chance of orange peel will be higher too. 1:1 seemed a bit too runny on the sides, 2:1 too much orange peel. I went back to 1:1 and watched for the runnyness on the sides real close. Thiner coats helped. Don't try to cover the vertical areas quite as much as the hood or roof allowed. Not that you should get big coverage in one coat, but you'll see what I mean when rolling vertical vs. horizontal sections. Hardest part of this method is reminding yourself to keep it thin coats and not trying to cover in one coat like painting a wall.

What color you going for?
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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by Brakery on January 21st 2008, 6:00 pm

Awesome thanks for the tips!!! I am painting it a royal blue. Yeah I will hit it with a 400 grit wetsand. I dont know how long the car has been primed. Plus it was probably outside so I will need to get some of the dirt off.

Thanks again, any other tips would be appriciated!!!

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Post by Matt on January 21st 2008, 6:04 pm

JMJ is correct in his instructions. Only thing I would add is to wipe the car down really well with mineral spirits before you paint. This will act as a degreaser and help prevent fish eyes. If the kid just primered the car before you bought it then it might not be as crucial. But he has been driving it primered for a little while like I did my ranger then it might be a good idea. Good luck and keep us posted!

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Post by megaglow_z on January 22nd 2008, 12:14 am

OOO this one is going to look very cool me thinks Smile
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Post by Matt on January 22nd 2008, 12:49 am

What color are you painting it? bling

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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by Brakery on January 22nd 2008, 1:20 am

Royal Blue, thanks for all the tips guys!!

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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by Matt on January 22nd 2008, 4:32 pm

good luck Wink

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Post by Brakery on January 29th 2008, 11:07 pm

Well I have been working on this car for the past week or so. I could only paint about once a day due to the weather being so cold. Thank goodness for this site!! I wouldnt have been able to do this without it! Well here are some quick pics. These pics are after my 8th coat. I think im going to do 2 more. Tell me what you think. Sorry they are not the best quality. I will try and take some outside tommorow.

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The last pic is the roof. Now I have never buffed or polished anything in my life. Please any tips (what kind of buffer/compound at a good price) would be appreciated!
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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by JMJ Rick on January 29th 2008, 11:48 pm

Car is looking great! I like the blue.

As for polish and buff, I had never done it before either. I stuck with the Turtle wax polish as I heard it is not as strong of a compound as others so less chance of screwing up the paint. The down side I guess would be it took a little longer to polish than some of the other stronger brands. Now that I have done it once and know what to expect and look for I will probably try the poorboys brand others have posted about.
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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by Roadking41a on January 30th 2008, 12:37 am

WOW The shine is great and it looks like it was sprayed on.
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Post by btldigger on January 30th 2008, 1:28 am

Looks great so far. If you check my project near the end of page 1 I listed everything I used to buff mine out. I think I posted a link to the buffer in the supplies section it came from harbor freight. If you get it also pick up a twisted wool pad it works much better.
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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by mazdawg78 on January 30th 2008, 12:11 pm

that looks real good thumbs up

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Post by karlbasher on January 30th 2008, 2:06 pm

i personally think meguirs wax stages are the best there fine cuts. just be careful for paint burns you will mostlikely get a couple everyone does even 3000 dollar paint jobs have some flaws so just take your time also did you tape off edges around windows when you painted or just dident worry about it?
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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by Brakery on January 30th 2008, 4:32 pm

thanks for the comments, I think I will go with meguris, just need to find a decent buffer. As far as the edges around the windows, I took the rubber lining off. I dont trust my taping job lol.

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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by 250mav on January 30th 2008, 11:27 pm

that came out nice!

should roll it out in the sun and take a shot
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Post by pinoyxpryde on January 31st 2008, 12:13 am

did you go straight for 8 coats without wetsanding? if so good work!
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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by Brakery on January 31st 2008, 8:05 am

No I wet sanded after every other coat. Im thinking of wetsanding it with 1500 grit and putting 2 more coats on. There are still some spots that need some more paint.
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Post by karlbasher on January 31st 2008, 11:02 am

ya i would have taken my rubber molding off too. unfortunatly the way they made integras if you take the molding off you will proboly brake the clips behind it and have to replace them so i dident do that. its just a little rough around the edges of the rear window and front window i pretty much cleaned up the driver and passanger side as much as i could
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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by Matt on February 1st 2008, 2:16 pm

That looks really good man. Color looks great. If I had it to do over I would have removed my rubber moldings as well. Doesn't matter how well you tape some how paint gets in a place where you don't want it to. It looks like a totally different car. Great job man.

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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by Brakery on February 4th 2008, 11:16 pm

Well I was going to put 2 more coats on but for some reason it kept orange peeling. So I decided to just keep it at 8 coats. I used some meguiars polish and swirl remover with my ghetto coleman 6" buffer. There are still some sand marks in the paint. You have to get right up on the car to see them. To take them out I will probably have to get a better quality buffer. Well here are some pics. And no I did not put those tail lights on by choice. They came with the car.

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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by Roadking41a on February 5th 2008, 12:06 am

Looks Great
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Post by mazdawg78 on February 5th 2008, 12:02 pm

thats look sawesome. minus them tails. sorry. not euro light fan

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Post by Brakery on February 5th 2008, 2:12 pm

Yeah im not a fan of the tails either. Thats what came with the car.

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Re: 93 Corolla

Post by thafaz on February 5th 2008, 2:31 pm

Looks excellent man....huge difference. I'm doing my Camaro in the same colour. Good work!!!!
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