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pyro
03-17-2004, 09:58 PM
hey i was just wondering the steps to paint fiberglass and the best way to do it so that it has a nice smooth shiny look

ramos
03-18-2004, 08:29 AM
Sand and or grind out all the bumps you can before you hit it with the body filler. Spread body filler to fill the imperfections as thin as possible. Sand the filler smooth. You may need to repeat this a couple of times to fill pin holes and such. Once you have everything smooth as a babies butt, then start the priming. One layer at a time, wet sand with 500-800 grit between coats. THen get to painting. :)

pyro
03-19-2004, 11:52 PM
alright thanx, with the primer how many layers should i put on and after painting do u put a clear coat on as well to get that nice shiny look

maylar
03-20-2004, 10:13 AM
You need enough thickness of primer so that it doesn't sand through to the base material. How many coats that takes depends on the material you use. Three good wet coats is usually good.

Remember that paint doesn't fill any imperfections or scratches, so whatever the surface is like on the primer after sanding is what the final job will look like.

Using clear coat gives you the option of taking the job a bit further by wet sanding the clear and buffing the final finish for the ultimate shine. Just like painting a car.

pyro
03-20-2004, 01:30 PM
thanxs for the help also is there a special kind of clear coat to use or whats the best brand

maylar
03-21-2004, 10:20 AM
If you're using spray cans, get laquer. It dries fast and sands well. Always use the same brand and paint type for all 3 (primer, color, clear). I think Krylon is as good as any.

If you're gonna spray with your own gun, use urethane and buy the paint from an auto paint store. There's a cheap sprayer made by PreVal that any auto parts store sells that works really well.