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Baxter1074

Hello everyone, first time here.

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Thanks for having me, everyone. I'm 45 and just now getting back into my childhood hobby, but with more patience lol. I am starting out by locating most of the cars that I have owned or the wife has owned. 

I have a quick question though. I have started really paying attention to the bodies. I sand, prime, sand, prime, paint, sand, paint and then wet sand before I attempt a clear coat......is  this common practice?

Also.....do I apply decals before or after the clear coat?  Thank you again, I look forward to being here.

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You can post your prime,paint,sand,polish questions to the questions section for comments from the members. You're on the best ever forum to find inspiration and advice. Welcome aboard!

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Welcome Brian!

 

On 7/23/2020 at 8:29 PM, Baxter1074 said:

I sand, prime, sand, prime, paint, sand, paint and then wet sand before I attempt a clear coat......is  this common practice?

If it works for you, it doesn't matter at all what is common practice. ;)

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Hey Brian,

It's all in the preference.  I don't like clear coats myself, but....I think it would be best to put the decal (unless they are really old) under the clear coat.  Keeps everything level.

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Decals.. it depends on what the finish of the decal would be in real life.  For instance, racing sponsor stickers are vinyl and have a distinctly different shine than the body. Some racing stripes have a matte finish.  I wouldn’t clear over those.

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Welcome to our plastic playground Brian.   All of the above suggestions/comments are great regarding decals.

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