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Paint practice plan critique

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Hey all, I want to begin practice the painting process now for a 69 chevelle. After reading thru quite a few posts here and elsewhere I decided to practice on the front fenders and the hood as "practice first" is the most common thread. If I mess the front fenders up too bad, I am willing to replace them. They have rust in the usual lower spots. I will be replacing the hood anyway. I just don't want to practice on new sheet metal parts. Below is my plan for the fenders and hood. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I have questions within the sentences.

I'll work with a local paint shop and make sure I use the same brand throughout. I will be using PPG paint products as I have a few friends that have experience with it. Their results have turned out nice.

I'll make sure the shop I paint in is clean, safe and properly ventilated. When it comes to spraying the car, I actually have a paint booth I can use.

I still need to buy paint guns but I need to match one to the compressor we are using.

Here is the plan.

1. Patch fender panels, sand and grind down welds.
Do I apply the bondo/filler for the completion of the fender/weld repair or wait until later? If so at what stage do I appy the filler? What is a good filler recommendation?

2. Strip all other paint with Aircraft Chem strpper. The hood does not need repair, just prep and paint.

3. Clean thoroughly with simple green and hot water then rinse well. Dry the surface with compressed air and microfiber towels.

4. go over the metal with a DA to add some scratch. 80 Grit ??

5. Wipe down with a quality Wax and Grease Remover. (spray or wipe on with cloth and then immediately wipe it off with a clean cloth) Let dry.

6. Spray 2 coats of epoxy primer.
How much dry time between coats? I suppose the paint person will be able to tell me?

7. 2k primer (multiple coats, block sand with guide coat, repeat till straight, etc.)
Dry times between coats?

8, Spray Sealer.
Dry time?
9. Spray Base coat
Dry time

10. Clear coat.

Ok - thanks for taking the time to read the long post. Feel free to beat up/add this plan.
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Wow............thats a list. :)

I'am sure someone will have the time to go threw it with you. :beers:
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