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Hey all that doesnt sound so bad. But here is the main problem I am facing. While sanding the bondo I put scratches that you can still see. When I used the 3M Scotchbrite (fine grit) pad I got from the autoparts store, it even seem to leave little scratches.
But what I dont know is if the scratches are so insignificant, that the primer will fill them in. I mean I didnt go nuts and rough up too much of the clear coat yet. Most of that section between those two spots I am fixing is still factory paint. But since I feel the experience of doing this, and because I think it will be a lot easier for me to paint a larger area versus two smaller areas.....my plan is to scuff up the top coat as you said
So here is what I think I need to do. I wont go too far into detail, except for the current issues
1. Finish sanding bondo, I found some high spots and I need to level them out. After I do that, the bondo is ready to paint. I will sand final bondo with like 1000 or 1500 or 2000 (I have some of those), and try to make it as smooth as possible.
2. The bondo is going to probably get a little wet tomorrow, it may be raining. Is that going to do bad things? I have heard that as long as I let it dry before painting, then it will be OK. But how long do you wait before its really dry? I have no idea.
3. Right now, I think I have the edges between the bondo and the paint around it, even. What I mean, is if I run my finger over the edges of the bondo I do not feel any difference, which tells me I have that setup properly.
4. The problems comes into play, all around that bondo patch. Because that spot was in a very difficult place to sand, I ended up using 80 grit while sanding bondo. Well I ended up putting scratches into the paint around it. I have been sanding that paint around it (im talking like 1/4" to a 1/2" away) with different grits, to see what happens. I am learning how using different grits and different pressures with different grits, will sand only clear coat, or only brown factory paint, or gray primer, or down to metal. I dont think I actually hit metal in too many places at all, but I have at least sanded down to gray primer in several places now.
5. So I have this really inconsistent work area or pallet to work with. And I know the answer might be to make it all as consistent as possible. I think the main thing I have to do, is get rid of noticable scratches. I will be honest, it seems impossible to me, that I can ever get rid of the scratches in the paint completely, not matter what sanding technique that I use.
6. I am hoping you will tell me that the gray paint will at least cover up the sins of some minor little scratches. I planned to paint it with at least 2 gray primer coats. Will that happen? Cover up very small scratches in paint?
7. Let me clarify something else, so, I have this large area maybe 6" tall and 12" wide that needs to be roughed up (and then cleaned with PRE cleaner I assume - before painting right). Because I want to repaint it with gray primer??? Or are you saying that I can just repaint that other area with only the factory brown?
Ok thats enough, sorry this is so long, but i Have a LOT of questions about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know that it takes people a while to figure all this out, but I dont have a lot of time, because I want to get it painted before to omuch water gets on the bondo. So far it hasnt rained on it...