painting and sanding...

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    painting and sanding...

    i just got done cutting out my armor. should i sand before i bend the armor? or does it matter? also what grit's should i use? do i have to sand the whole thing to make the paint stick?

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    Re: painting and sanding...

    when im sanding i usually go from 60 grit to 150 then to 220.im sure there are other grits but thats all they had at kmart.

    i have yet to completely sand down the surface of the paint for it to stick.a can of primer before the base color worked fine for me.

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    Re: painting and sanding...

    Boba Freekk, what is your armor made of? 60 grit seems a little coarse to start. You could start with 100 or even 150 if it's Sintra. Shouldn't need to sand much at all. Just give the surface a little texture.

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    Re: painting and sanding...

    The sintra I have seen is already pretty smooth, and should on need the slight light sanding for a paint-friendly surface. If a sandable primer is used, this can also be worked with a fine grade paper to provide ultimate smoothiness.


    Aaahhh.....smoothies.....

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    Re: painting and sanding...


    TK3130 wrote:

    Boba Freekk, what is your armor made of? 60 grit seems a little coarse to start. You could start with 100 or even 150 if it's Sintra. Shouldn't need to sand much at all. Just give the surface a little texture.
    all my armor is sintra.i should have explained that better.when im shaping and i have to take off a lot (like for edges and corners) ill use the 60 grit and work my way down to the finer grit.

    if i do sand the painting surface (which isnt very often) ill usually go from 150 to 220.i noticed for surface sanding 150 still leaves small scrathes so ill drop down to a finer grit.

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    Re: painting and sanding...

    That sounds a lot better. With so much work to do, you don't need to make any more work for yourself. You had the right idea all along.

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    Re: painting and sanding...

    I sanded all of mine before shaping- it makes it easier to do in my opinion. I used 220 grit to sand, then primed, then wet sanded with 400 grit.

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    Re: painting and sanding...

    There's a danger that the paint might crack if you do it before you bend... PS sorry for digging up old threads.

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