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I am gonna have a body shop paint the car. However I want to do as much as I can before they get it. They are a great shop and do awesome work but you pay for it.

I will be doing all the blocking work. I am at the last stage of blocking, one grit left to go before paint.

I want to paint the door jambs, hatch opening, hood opening, the underside of the hood, back side of the doors and the underside of the hatch at home. The idea is to just have the exterior needing paint when it goes to the body shop.

Here is the question, should I paint the stuff now and mask a soft edge so that there is a little overspray on the body of the car so that when I do the final block with the last grit that I sand off the overspray and have a paint seam be right at the edge of the panel?

Also I was thinking to use a Single Stage paint on these parts instead of a base clear. The paint is a blue metallic. It would be easier for me and being that they are areas that are not normally seen I think would be acceptable. Does anyone one see any issues with this type of paint?

thanks for the help,
 

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Personaly I"d use base clear on the jambs as well. But you can absolutly use single stage on them if it is easier for you. Your idea of doing the jambs first before doing the final blocking will work well also. Just know that when the outside is painted you will have some kind of a paint edge or dry overspray in the jambs depending on how it is masked.
 

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if I was to mask a "soft" edge on the jamb after the fact when the body gets painted and allow the outside clearcoat to run into the soft edge, would that be noticeable?
 

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It will be noticable. Sometimes you can get it to turn out pretty good. Other times the sealer ends up going in the jamb a little deeper and doesn't get covered by the base. However if you are taking it to a reputable shop and it sounds like you are, they should be able to get a decent edge for you. Worst case is you can always do a little spot in and touch up the jambs. Not a huge deal.
 

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It sounds like you are doing the majority of the work, why not do the whole thing? The prep work up to paint is 95 percent of the battle. Buy a good spray gun with the money you save by doing it yourself and go for it! The Devilbiss Plus gun is awesome, I think a little kid could paint with it and turn out great results!
 

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The biggest challenge is having a clean enough room to do it in. i can control small areas for dust and debris but doing a whole car humm not sure about that one. I will have to think about that.

Ok then how would you guys do this then? All the jambs at the same time as the car?
 

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Go ahead and do it the way you planned. Like I said before, its pretty easy to go back and spot in some of the jambs if you need them perfect. Any other way is much more work. Personally I would paint the car in pieces and do the jambs at the same time as the outside of the panels, except for the hood and decklid. Another option would be to have the outside painted first and do the jambs last. Its easier to not have a tape line doing it this way. You could always pull the doors hood and decklid and take the car to them like that. That way they could spray the body and fenders of the car while getting the jambs at the same time. Then the fun part is hanging the doors without chipping anything. I usually paint cars in pieces, doing jambs at the same time.

 

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paint job..

I agree with some of the other comments...definately go base coat/clear coat. It makes it much easier to make small repairs and blend things in. I would paint the jams at the same time as the body....fenders and hood should be done off the car. Most shops have a "blendable clear coat" for small repairs and touch ups...a good technician can make it look great. Most important things with the paint job are cleanliness and patience....don't rush it and it will turn out fine.

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