Body Work, Paint/Filler questions
I'm venturing into an area that I know little about, and am going to need some guidance/advise. As a little background, my dad owned a body shop back in the 70's and has shown me a lot, but I know things have changed quite a bit since and want to make sure I'm doing this right (once hopefully...)...
The body of my car has lots of little dents and ripples in it, Both quarters and doors have their fair share of waves, the passenger side door being the worst of it. I have the sheetmetal in a place where the deepest filler should be about 1/8" or so, but my worry is how to make sure I apply it correctly so that my repairs survive without having to redo anything a few years from now. I have been using SPI Epoxy Primer on most of the car, and have the understanding that I should be doing body filler over Epoxy Primer... Right? (Back in the old days my dad said that the best way was to use the filler Direct to clean metal, but they didn't have Epoxy primer then...) If the correct method is to Epoxy Prime, Then filler, When I sand/level the filler, I will undoubtedly sand through the epoxy in some places... Do I need to re-prime before/after each coat of filler?
Then after I get the body smoothed out, what kind of primer should I be using 2K? does color of primer matter? Thickness? I've also heard that some of the primers out there are basically sprayable body filler? I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing and don't want to screw this up if I can avoid it...
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