kafkaonwheels wrote:First, I am no bodywork technician or experienced painter. But I also did my G bodywork myself, currently under epoxy primer, needing still some pinhole etc. fixes and then it is ready for finer coats. It is a tough road to go, not sure if I want to do it ever again. I did read and watched lot of material before and during the job. There are various different approaches to do all this, I just chose what was available here and what I thought would give long lasting result.
kafkaonwheels wrote:Hopefully you already know this, if possible stay in one manufacture products (sealer, primer, paint etc.) and read datasheets before use (they all available from online for major companies). MB itself approves Glasurit, PPG Refinish, R-M, Spies Hecker and Standoff.
kafkaonwheels wrote:With etch primer, you really want to find out the exact used product: first, some of them may cause problems to polyester filler when filler is applied directly over, compatible primer may be needed between; second, in datasheet there is recommended procedure for re-coating, some etch primers have no maximum time, some need just sanding, some need sanding and using one coat of same product etc. I think that to get it completely off you need to re-blast all the surfaces. I didn’t used etch myself, went for 2k epoxy.
kafkaonwheels wrote:I recommend keeping the doors to shell, getting them as flush and straight as possible and then doing least a rough filler work and sanding. Seen some trucks where doors don’t match the body, once the filler is on you cannot force adjust them.
[/quote][/quote]kafkaonwheels wrote:Wish I could say it is easy work but it is not true, sanding filler is so dull that in most car shows cut it just to 30 second clip. But overall, rougher the journey, more you will grow and appreciate all other things. After first year in my project, I stopped counting hours, money and setting deadlines, rather enjoy process by trying to make all as good as I can detail by detail.
VolvoC303 wrote:If at all possible, hire a body guy who wants some side work to help. Body work on this scale isn't something you can just figure out from watching videos or doing some light repair in the past. Don't let ego destroy all this effort. I have put a ton of trucks through this process in my rare 4x4 resto/importing career and even body shops sometimes (often) screw it up. There are endless tricks of the trade to bondo work and prepping, etc.. (And its ALL about prep) You run a huge risk of having endless issues down the road regardless of how it might look at first.
VolvoC303 wrote:I know you are set on this dark color and bedliner paint scheme but I'd seriously consider how hot it's going to make your interior in the socal sun and how impossible it's going to be to spot rust and deal with that liner stuff down the road. You also can run into fitment issues with windows, trim, etc.. I've never seen it go well in the long run and forgot about re-selling it some years later. It will take massive man hours to strip that stuff off when that time comes, and it will someday.
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