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jdawg90
03-30-2008, 09:18 PM
What do i need to do. Today i just put woodfiller on all the corners and will sand that tomorrow after school and put the first coat of primer on it.

What if i put a thin layer of fiberglass resin on the outside? Would that help keep the mdf from soaking up paint and make it glossier? How long do you think it would take to sand (and what grit)?

If i dont do the resin, what type of primer and paint should i get? Also what sandpaper should i sand it with and when (like what grit before i prime, after i prime, after 1st coat of paint, etc)

thanks

Wkbdkid
03-30-2008, 10:35 PM
Man Ive done a search for gloss paint or mirror finish an have gotten great info. Do a search an youll find a step by step process. good luck

sqhertz
03-30-2008, 10:49 PM
something i bookmarked... http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showpost.php?%20p=1512153&postcount=390

i love that guys truck.

ContourSPL
03-30-2008, 11:49 PM
I sand down the MDF with 150 grit sandpaper and try and make the edges as smooth as possible. Then I use a nice primer and sand it to make it smooth, if there are still some "fuzzies" from the wood. Couple of coats of paint, then clear coat.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l125/contourSPL/OB5.jpg

This one didn't come out like I wanted it to but it still looks decent. It's not blotchy but it doesn't have that "perfect" mirror finish.

ContourSPL
03-30-2008, 11:50 PM
okay well, it is blotchy but it looks better in person.....

bamaboy
03-30-2008, 11:52 PM
i was gonna say look for SHiZNiLTi's stuff, some nice gloss work, he's on here but i dont know if he posted that step by step here

ContourSPL
03-30-2008, 11:55 PM
okay you know, screw my example. That actually looks pretty crappy now that I think about it. I'm going to go and redo it now..

Dtrickz
03-31-2008, 01:27 AM
use the wood filler to fell in all the holes and imperfections. I work at a body shop so i use all autobody stuff to prime and paint it. I'll use some high build primer. prime it sand with some 180 the prime again and sand with some 400. Seal it then put a few coats of paint on depending on color depends on amount of coats. Some colors cover alot quicker then others. Then clear it. Usually a couple coats of clear will do it. then u can color sand and buff if you want

dleccord
03-31-2008, 01:27 AM
I sand down the MDF with 150 grit sandpaper and try and make the edges as smooth as possible. Then I use a nice primer and sand it to make it smooth, if there are still some "fuzzies" from the wood. Couple of coats of paint, then clear coat.

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l125/contourSPL/OB5.jpg

This one didn't come out like I wanted it to but it still looks decent. It's not blotchy but it doesn't have that "perfect" mirror finish.

dang thats some serious orange peel you got there.

SHiZNiLTi
03-31-2008, 01:49 AM
something i bookmarked... http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showpost.php?%20p=1512153&postcount=390

i love that guys truck.

As posted above the directions are in this post...

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showpost.php?%20p=1512153&postcount=390

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/3823/closebtlonglossez0.jpg

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/1967/btlandrhg1.jpg

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/7789/clipboard01ue4.jpg

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/2513/rsinroomkh9.jpg

After Wetsanding...

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/2489/wetsandgoodtq7.jpg

I've done these steps a few times and it works out great. Wet sanding is key.

helotaxi
03-31-2008, 07:54 AM
Don't use resin. It won't dry level and you'll spend days trying to get it smooth enough that the unevenness doesn't show. Every little imperfection stands out like a sore thumb with a gloss coat on it.