What grit paper should I start with?
Well, I am on vacation this coming week, and want to spend most of it sanding out my Riviera in preperation for paint.
I have wax & grease remover to go over it first, but what grit paper would you recommend?
The paint on the car now is intact, and I don't have any rust to deal with.
Just want to properly scuff it for primer.
320? 400? Courser or finer?
If someone could make a definitive list of the steps for a DIY paint project, that would be most helpful.
Thanks in advance!
What you want to start with is the painting 101 video that Len sells here.
You will easily save the cost of the video in time and materials by watching this. Great way to start the vacation, beer in hand and video on the screen, car at the ready.
Why are you priming it and what kind of primer are you using? Are you just sealing it with an epoxy primer because of a color change or are you needing the primer to build low spots in prep for blocking? What kind and how much paint is on there now? If the surface is fine and you are just repainting in the same color there may be no need/benefit to primer. What kind of sanding are you doing, hand or machine, wet or dry? Is the new paint a solid color or a metallic? A good substrate that's needs no blocking and is going to be shot with a bc/cc metallic that's a different color from the current could be wet sanded with 600 then shot with an epoxy primer mixed as a sealer immediately prior to the first coat of base, within the epoxy's recoat. A repaint with no color change can be sanded with 600 wet then shot directly with the base, no need/benefit to shooting primer. A surface that needs some tweaking/leveling should be sanded with around 220 dry and shot with a high build 2k urethane primer then long blocked out starting with 220 and ultimately finishing with 600.
Strange as it may seem, you need to acquire a little more knowledge to begin asking the questions. All that can be found on the video.