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Currently my car is a nice shade of magenta which is (thankfully) chipping away. I do not want to spend the big bucks on a new paint job because im going to do a frame off in a few years and I currently have the wrong front end on the car.

I think the matte black look would be a great way to go and I feel that I can tackle this job myself. My goals are to keep the cost as inexpensive as possible, but improve the look of the car enough that I can drive it around without being known as the guy with the pink corvette. :down:

My current thinking is to strip the car with a razor blade, apply a good black primer to seal the body and give me the color I want. I have heard back and forth about using a sealer for the fiberglass and then using primer vs just using primer. Is there a product which can seal and primer or what products should I use?

I hear that epoxy primers work well, but doesnt sand well. I could use the epoxy primer and then spray a black sandable primer.

The final step is how and if to seal it. The car will be kept in a garage except for cruises on nice days and the occasional gathering. If I dont seal it at all, i imagine that it will be harder to clean and will be more susceptible to scratches. If I seal it, what products should I use? I know there is a product that can be added to clearcoat which will dull it down, keeping the matte finish look.

Thanks in advance

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Now you got me thinkin if I am going the right way with the 79. I was told to just use scotchbrite scouring pads and scuff the surface and then wipe it down with solvent , then wet the area around it (outdoor painting) and run a ground from the body to a metallic building or something that is made of steel in your garage. Gravity guns are great if you do not use all the paint in the bottom and change the filters in the gun. Also use some fisheye drops in the paint. And be damned sure you have a darn water filter on that compressor. Or crack the bottom air valve a bit so condensation leaks out. I am running a two stage compressor. Do not fool with those cheapo depot kind. Worthless. I learned the hard way. And yes I do plan on doing it myself. I am going the urethane paint. Flexibility. It will flex with the car. I was gonna go Enamel but it has a 30 day drying and it needs about 5 days in the sun to gas out. Be sure you have the right reducer also. If your paint instructions tell you 3 to 1 put 4 to one and put more coats. Less chance of drips. Those chips? Use a match or a toothpick and dip it in the paint and drop it in the chips. Let it gas out in the sun and sand lightly then put some more until it is even with the rest of the paint. I redid all my emblem on the 79 that way. A woman told me how to do that. She is a professional painter for Harley Davidson. I am like she is about painting. And I believe when she told me a horseshit 3 G paint job is bullshit, she is right. I like the matte look also. No waxing involved. Go with the paint you like. If you go cheap there are paint jobs on e-bay for under 200 bucks . I was told to use House of Color. PPG. 80 pounds of pressure on the gun and a wide spray. Keep it wide. If you watch any car shows on TV when they are spraying, the fan is very wide. They are using past the recommended reducer and spraying light coats 4 or 5. I myself am not gonna go through that bullshit either. Crossfan it. And one coat on top. Got er done! If you fan it just one direction it will leave you some humps. Crossfan and one coat the lenght of the car. Start from the front and go up and down on a diagnal motion (for a 3 coat process) then start from the rear of the car and go the opposite direction. Then the last coat is up and down, up and down. The doors are a total bitch. So, if you can take them off you are ahead of the game. If you do not want to just be carefull there. I think it is because the door angle gives it extra gravity . And don't forget the air mask for you face. Or you will have primer to the lungs. You can use a scuff pad and paint it with enamel for now also and then come back later and scuff it up and really do a real nice job with a paint booth. I painted the nose of the 79 (small airbrush) and that stuff is durable. There are so many ways to go. But if you leave it matte and do not put a sealer on it I can guarantee you will have impurities. Not only that, what about the bug season? They will not slide off like shiney paint will after road kill. JMHO . I was gonna paint mine stealth but decided not too. I would just scuff the darn thing up and shoot some paint on it. :cheers:
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