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tip-c
09-01-2005, 08:36 PM
can any body help me find a tutorial on how to prep and paint and fiberglass box!

so it would like all nice n shinny like glossy...ya know what i mean! .... lolol

ruckus
09-01-2005, 09:36 PM
bondo, sand 80 grit, bondo again if needed to fix pits, sand again 80 grit, 200 grit, 400 grit, prime, sand 200 grit, 400 grit, base coat, 400 grit, main coats, wet sanding 600 grit , 1500 grit, clear coat, wetsand 2000 grit, buff wax


mirror finish

tip-c
09-02-2005, 12:44 AM
ok this is a start, a lil helpfull.
are there any other tutorials that are a little more complete...more detailed......
like products that i should use for prime and types of paint and how to wet sand, buff and products for waxing etc...
the best would be a tutorail with pics and stuff...
but anything will be good!

Thx

Decado
09-02-2005, 12:47 AM
Seemed pretty **** simple/helpful to me... Just tedious.

tip-c
09-02-2005, 12:48 AM
LOL but im new to this....
i want to know what products to use and stuff, how to do it, how many coats of paint, how many of primer etc....

Decado
09-02-2005, 12:51 AM
Well for products, there are many brands that make sandpaper, bondo, paint, primer. Just use w/e you want. And for how to do it/ how many coats of paint/primer, ruckus pretty much said it.

tip-c
09-02-2005, 12:56 AM
well hes says :" Main coats ".....how many does the plural in coats refer to?

Decado
09-02-2005, 12:57 AM
However many it takes to be fully covered and looking good would be my guess.

tip-c
09-02-2005, 01:01 AM
LOL....i just want a tutorial so i dont screw up...this is my first time after all

isint there any tutorials out there?

Decado
09-02-2005, 01:02 AM
Not sure, but then again i am also pretty new to these forums.

tip-c
09-02-2005, 01:03 AM
hmm maybe some one els than can point me in the right direction....Thx alot any way!


if any one got a tutorial...plz share

PhatTonyDeMarco
09-02-2005, 01:05 AM
There are no tutorials on it located on these forums, just search the hell out of Google, only thing I could suggest. Try to PM ruckus maybe, and see if he will elaborate more on that. Ask him if he has any pics of what he has made, he might have some of the process...

ruckus
09-02-2005, 12:13 PM
ok

Bondo: use a premium bondo like rage gold or bondo ultimate this will make it easier to work with.

Primer: a filling primer (if you have a spray gun which I recommend use primer from an automotive paint company

Paint: use Automotive (spray gun) , or an emamel based spray paint (laquer will give you more of a shine but it is harder to work with)

Wax: turtle wax or similar. I use mothers show car polish myself.

layers: I like using 2 coats primer, 4-8 coats of paint, and 3 coats of sealer. this helps prevent chipping and or scratching. It is a little costly but noone said doing it right was cheap and if your keeping it or selling it the quality is on your name.

I have not done a tutorial I have just used this style for about 5 years. I used it on making custom computer cases before everyone started selling them. and use them on audio projects and home projects like tv stand and stuff.

but really giving a tutorial on waxing is ridiculous if you ever waxed a car then you know how to wax. as for painint no matter how many tutorials you see you only get good by doing it. anyone that has never painted before will get runs, you learn my doing when it comes to painting.

dbornotdb
09-02-2005, 12:36 PM
Try my sig. It may or may not help you.

ruckus
09-02-2005, 12:51 PM
Try my sig. It may or may not help you.
you dont clearcoat or wax the box? just buff? how does it hold up to banging into it? wouldnt it would be easy to chip up like that?

btnhfan
09-02-2005, 12:59 PM
Before priming, I wetsanded at like 500, 1000, then 2000.

dbornotdb
09-02-2005, 01:27 PM
you dont clearcoat or wax the box? just buff? how does it hold up to banging into it? wouldnt it would be easy to chip up like that?



That particular box used enamal exterior automotive paint. It is quite sturdy and has yet to chip. Been 2 years.
The rest of the painted interior in that truck uses the same paint. As well as the upcoming stuff.


Clearcoating is subject to the paint used.

And on all my interior painted peices, I suggest using the Meguires Quik Detail Spray Mist and a very soft cloth. :D

dbornotdb
09-02-2005, 01:30 PM
Before priming, I wetsanded at like 500, 1000, then 2000.



Thats way overkill and more work than is needed. If it works good for ya, thats great and don't let anyone tell you its the wrong way.

Personally I sand the filler down with 60 - 80 grit, prime with Slick Sand Filler primer to fill in pin holes and minor inperfections. Then sand that with 180, then 220. Then add paint.

saywhat?
09-02-2005, 01:43 PM
from what ive seen/learned 400+ are paintable scratches....

dbornotdb
09-02-2005, 01:55 PM
I don't know if it matters to ya, but my 200 - 220 sanding is done wet, so it is not rough at all. And high quality paper is used.

I have painted boxes that show it is not too rough for paint.



EDIT ::: You seen the box in that truck saywhat?, it wasn't rough.

ruckus
09-02-2005, 02:09 PM
Before priming, I wetsanded at like 500, 1000, then 2000.
why? you use a liberal coat of primer to fill in holes so over 400 grit before priming is a waste of energy you wont see it because the primer kills all your hard work. let the primer do its job as a filler.

tip-c
09-02-2005, 02:50 PM
finaly got some help!! thx alot guys! thx ruckus!!

///M5
09-02-2005, 04:42 PM
Look at an autobody website, it is the same as painting a corvette (fglass car)

And to respond the 2000 grit sandpaper, it may be overkill but you almost surely should use 1500 if you want things to be shiny like the rest of your car. As a last note, if you can feel a scratch in the surface with your fingers you will be able to see it from 10' away. Car paint is picky.

ruckus
09-02-2005, 06:08 PM
Look at an autobody website, it is the same as painting a corvette (fglass car)

And to respond the 2000 grit sandpaper, it may be overkill but you almost surely should use 1500 if you want things to be shiny like the rest of your car. As a last note, if you can feel a scratch in the surface with your fingers you will be able to see it from 10' away. Car paint is picky.

on the bondo? I think you might of missed we were talking about pre priming. primer will kill any sanding finer than 400 grit just from the thickness of the primer.