Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southborough, MA
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After stripping, how soon do I have to paint?
I'm doing frame-on work on my driver and trying to plan out the exterior paint for next summer/fall, which I think is next phase of work.
Aside question, which first, interior paint or exterior paint?
Details for the exterior work:
The car is. sadly. now living in a portable garage, in the rust friendly Northeast.
I bought the car in primer 15 years ago and had a cheapo maaco job done on it to protect it a bit more, about 13 years ago.
I know I have a rust bubble on the hood, and some small areas of rot on the rear wheel wells.
Given my resources, stripping will likely be a combo of sanding and chemical stripper.
When I strip, I know to expect a significant amount of body work that needs to be done. After reading your war stories, I know the issues I see now are just the tip of the iceberg.
So the questions I have are:
Do I strip in phases, hitting the likely problem areas (wheel well, windshield, hood) first so that I minimize exposure time on the rest of the sheet metal?
After stripping, do I have days, weeks, or months to complete the body work and get in in for paint, before exposure would create new problems, or make the problems potentially worse?
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