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Old 03-26-2003, 05:57 AM
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I've been reading different articles and there doesn't seem to be a strong preference for cutting the body before or after painting. What about the folks here in this forum?
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Old 03-26-2003, 07:37 AM
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What you are supposed to do is cut out the wheel wells and all holes for body posts and stuff before you paint it so you know they are lined up properly. I usually do not finish cutting out the body until im done painting though, I find it a little bit easier to work with when its not entirely cut out. Plus it give you a place to hold onto the body when you paint it, since sometimes you have to pic it up to get paint in certain areas (if your using a spray paint).
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Old 03-26-2003, 03:21 PM
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Most bodies' instructions say to paint first, cut later.
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i always cut mine first because to me it easer to cut and center the body before i paint. never had a problem yet but i'm not a pro. good luck in painting and cutting..
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I have done it both ways but 95% of the time I cut it after painting. The painting process usually ends with a backing coat. Usually white or silver. If you cut it before painting you end up with a edge thats the same color as the backing. This can really stand out and is not desireable. If you are doing a on road car it is wise to cut the rear wheel well before you paint. Most aftermarket bodies (pro line especially) dont mark those lines so you can get an exact match to your wheelbase. Also get a pair of duratraxx lexan body scissors. They rule Period...... other brands just arent the same. Im not a duratraxx fan but the scissors are the best design available
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Cut & trim the body BEFORE painting. If you wait til after you paint, you might slip cutting/trimming, then you have to live with it. Look at it this way, if you were doing bodywork on a fullsize car, would you do the bodywork before or after you paint it?
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i agree as well
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If you chip the body while trimming its not a big deal at all. Touching it up is simple. Thats a good reason to leave your window masking on untill after you are done cutting it out. If you use spray cans especially. I have never had a nick or chip I could not fix.
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If you chip the body while trimming its not a big deal at all. Touching it up is simple. Thats a good reason to leave your window masking on untill after you are done cutting it out. If you use spray cans especially. I have never had a nick or chip I could not fix.
Question about removing overspray or when there are paint runs (yes, I goofed with a semi-transparent white paint...it was hard to tell how much went on at first since it was my first time painting a car)? What's the best way to "fix" those?

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If you want to remove runs your only hope is if you use acrylic paint like faskolor or acryl. Use denatured alcohol for this. Overspray can be removed from the outside of the body using the same or a orange degreaser.
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awww nuts!

I am using Pactra semi-transparent pearl white. I've got two light coats, and it was on that second coat where I got overzealous and ended up with a small run.

I'm hoping that I can rescue this paint job but putting a few light layers of solid white under the semi-transparent layers.

Bah!
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Yes!! thats exactly what you should do. You might want to thicken the rest of the transparent white before backing it though.
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Yes!! thats exactly what you should do. You might want to thicken the rest of the transparent white before backing it though.
Should I thicken the transparent white until it blends closely with the run mark before backing with a solid white?
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yes, thats what I meant, good luck, this is how you get good at painting these bodies, its definitly a learning process. Ive done 500 + bodies over the years and over 200 in the last year and I still have stuff happen all the time, Just wait untill you have an airbrush let loose of an old piece of crud hidden inside. It usually happens when you are 95 % done and you think your home free.
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Thanks! It's definitely an exciting (but expensive) process.
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Well, considering I am seeing this post-facto, I have no choice... What a dork I am for following instructions! I even thought of the issues involved, but I noted where to cut before I painted, at least for the body mounting holes. I am relying on the lines for the valance/wheelwell trimming.
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Cut it after...even if you screw up when its clear,it'll still have that cut.Its way easier to paint first as far as I'm concerned and this is the first one I've done that I cared about so I thats how I did it
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Cut mount holes first. then paint then cut wheel wells out.
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