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Unread 09-20-2014, 05:08 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I'm looking to paint my cj7. The tub and fenders are fiberglass and the hood is metal. How should I do all the sanding? What grit palsy should I use? Should I and the metal and fiberglass the same way.

Not looking for a show quality paint job, just a nice daily driver quality job.

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Unread 09-20-2014, 05:41 PM   #2
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I used 80grit to knock down the real heavy stuff on the metal followed by 180 and 220 before primer. If I remember correctly I just used 220 on the fiberglass, But I didn't do alot of body work. I sanded with 400 right before and during paint.

Here is a link to mine. Good Luck!
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Unread 09-20-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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If I remember right, when I worked briefly at a body shop everything hit with 400 grit before priming. Bare fiberglass, plastic, and metal were just scuffed lightly with 400 grit. Anytime paint had to be stripped from an area, it was done with 80 then feathered up to 400.
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Unread 09-20-2014, 07:37 PM   #4
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Normal for sanding before primer/paint is 220-400 grit paper. During paint depending on how good you want it you can go up to 3000+ grit wet sanding. Always follow what the manufacture recommends for the product(s) your applying.
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Unread 09-20-2014, 07:43 PM   #5
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If just sanding and painting I'd follow these guys suggestions. If you need to strip the hood I like the aircraft stripper at Advanced Auto. Then follow with sanding. I usually do this to the hood because its so big and flat(ish) most imperfections show up.

On another note.....I blasted my grill with black beauty or something like that from Menards. I had no intentions of this being seen as I have a grill cover on it. Was just painting to protect it. I primed with duplicolor self-etching high fill primer,then painted. This was every bit as good as the rest of the job. Now, before everyone goes a little nuts,I'm not saying this is the right way,just that I was shocked at the result. No marks from blasting, and it was heavily marked before primer. Sorry,I took no pictures of this but it worked great.......

My daughter and I had a blast painting my CJ. Hope you do as well. Good luck

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Unread Today, 03:33 PM   #6
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Well started the sanding process today. Body, fenders, and hood are ready for primer. Hopefully start shooting on Thursday.
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Unread Today, 04:25 PM   #7
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Here is good read on prep work.......
Jeep...the first vehicle on the trip we are bringing the tub!

It is gunna cost more and take longer than you thought...plan ahead!
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