Your classic car classifieds & community
Login to MyOldRide Account
Close Search Box
OldRide Answers Home
Using OldRide Answers
Ask a Question
Browse Questions In:
Classic Car News
Site Suggestions & Comments
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 ?"?
May 1, 2009
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!!!!
May 1, 2009
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....
May 5, 2009