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Old 09-07-2018, 10:49:17 AM
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Fiberglass canopy has problems ! down to primer in some spots , clear coat and paint in others , what do I sand this down with, u-tubers say 130 grit ? don't want to stip the thing , but if I have to I will
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i would start with180 grit but be careful, if it is taking off to much you can step up to a finer grit such as 220.
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Thanks Tracy , saw a u-tuber do a canopy with 130 , but later on He a did a bed liner paint job, so that would hid all the sanding marks left over, so 180/220 for Me
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how about a picture or two to see what you are dealing with? you have to work in stages, you can cover the sanding scratches with a high build primer and move on up to a 400 grit wet dry paper with a block. its a art thats hard to explain over the net. world of difference if you are sanding by hand or using air tools!!! key thing is dont sand to the point you put high and low spots in the area to be painted, they will show up. learn to see with your fingers, if you can feel it it will show up when refinished.
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Thanks Tracy , Think I need a long board sanding board , to keep ever thing straight , no up and down spots, Thanks for the info , know just enough computer stuff to get here ! , pics are a different ball of wax !!
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So Tracy T, what do I Us to clean the dust off with ?? , I don't think a grease and wax remover right ? A Tack Cloth ?
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Start with the 220 and work your way down to at least 360 grit. Using a flat board and a criss cross motion will help you a lot in keeping the surface flatter. The more different directions you rub the flatter it will be. There should be no need to go back to bare fibreglass but you will get a better finish if you "feather" the edges that you have. For instance the edge between primer and paint and or fibreglass. If rubbed down correctly you will see the colour of the paint become thinner until you see the primer or the same between primer and fibreglass. Use a high fill primer once you are happy with your preparation and yes 'wax and grease remover' or prepsol and a tack cloth just prior to applying paint. Take your time with preparation and you will be rewarded at the end
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we always finished up with a wash job and let it dry real good followed up with prepsol and tack cloth.
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