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horriblehoog
    
Whats the best way to start stripping off the old paint.
I have a 53 Bel air that I am restoring and I am in the early stages.. What is the best way to start stripping off this old paint , What Type of sand Paper should I use ?"?
posted: May 1, 2009
 
    
 
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vintagecollector
    
Get ready for a lot of work...if you are sanding.

It all depends on how far you want to restore the paint job. If all you want to do is scuff the original paint, a light touch with 320- to 400-grit paper will work. If you want to take it down to bare metal, 80-grit is a good option. If the car has some mean ol' nasty paint consider a 40 or even 24 grit paper.

If you don't need to work your arm muscles, consider using a rotary sander but be careful with what paper you use, you don't want to burn the paint or your sander.

Good luck and have fun!!!!
posted:  May 1, 2009
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spudder
    
Why not have it sand blasted? If you add up even 1/3 of the hours you would have in sanding or stripping you could pay for blasting, not to mention blasting is going to do a better job at removing paint from places you would find extremely difficult to get to with a sander....
posted:  May 5, 2009
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