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Post by tbirdsps on August 15th 2008, 11:30 am

I've been a member since January and lurking and reading. I may be ready to begin a paint job on my 82 Mercury Cougar Station Wagon. I just need to decide on colors. It will be two tone. A couple of questions:
1. Do you spray the door jams first or after the body painting is done?
2. Same question for the engine bay.
3. Do I need to strip out the interior first? I was hoping to do the interior after the paint although some has to come out anyway to remove the trim.

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Post by retired plumber on August 15th 2008, 11:00 pm

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It is always best to do the jams and engine bay first. By that I mean any interior metal you want to paint where overspray ( if spraying as you asked about ) could land on the outside of the car, even if you have to remove some pieces. You can mask the windows, dash, etc. This way, when you paint the outside, the overspray won't show as much on the inner stuff and believe me.........there WILL be overspray lol. Also try to use a smaller touch up gun for the jams and engine bay as it is much easier to get into tight places.
The interior is best left untill the last unless you want to paint under the carpet, etc.
I would think if you rolled it tho it wouldn't really matter but I would still do the jambs first. Looking forward to pictures
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Post by JMJ Rick on August 17th 2008, 2:09 am

Yeah, what he said. Smile
Spray first, then roll. After the paint attack the interior.
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Post by tbirdsps on August 18th 2008, 9:26 am

Thanks,

I was more concerned with all the water/paint during the wet sanding process. Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure when I'll get started. It's just to stinking hot here now.
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Post by megaglow_z on August 18th 2008, 7:00 pm

tbirdsps wrote:Thanks,

I was more concerned with all the water/paint during the wet sanding process. Thanks for the advice. I'm not sure when I'll get started. It's just to stinking hot here now.

Tell me about it...that's whats holding me up.
Its either 103 degrees...or raining...lol
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Post by Matt on August 28th 2008, 12:05 am

Welcome to the forums. Retired plumber is good and is pointing you in the right direction. Let us know if you need anything else.

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Post by retired plumber on August 28th 2008, 10:39 pm

For the inside you can just drysand (just scuff it up) and paint. If you are spraying, the small amount of orange peel you get won't be noticable inside. Same thing for the door jambs, etc.
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Post by tbirdsps on December 2nd 2008, 7:51 pm

Now that it's not too hot.....I think I'll do the Ranger rather than the car. I'm going to try to sell the Cougar.

My poor Ranger looks like heck. It runs great tho. About 25% of the paint has peeled off.
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Post by megaglow_z on December 2nd 2008, 8:48 pm

cant wait to see it!
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