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Old 04-02-2008, 05:03 PM
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Do you first paint then cut and trim or first cut and trim and then paint. And why do you do it in this order. Does it matter? I think you should first paint then trim but my dad is saying we should first cut and then paint. My three prevoius bodies were pre-cut and we just painted them but the body i will be doing is not pre-cut and i dont know the order.
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I don't think it really matters what order you do it. I see a lot of people paint first and a lot of people cut first. I prefer to cut first. If I cut first then I can dremel the cut edges to smooth the cuts without worrying about messing up the paint. Hope this helps.

Best advice, take your time cleaning the body and make sure the masking gets into all the grooves so the paint doesn't run along them under the paint and ruin a great paint job.
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I also go with the cut first, paint last method. This way you can see the body posts so you can get the holes lined up properly. You also don't scratch the paint off trying to trim the body.
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Trust me trim first, I just messed a body up by painting first and then trimming. The posts didnt line up right some of the paint scrathed of when I was cutting the wheel well. I was pretty careful but I think just to be safe cut first and then paint, we all have accidents.

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