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Old 06-28-2005, 10:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i was considering having my car painted and i was hoping to get some suggestions as to what brand of paint looks best, what kind of clear coat/how many clear coats/etc. etc.

also, right now my car is a dark green color... if i wanted to goto a white color would i have to have all the dark green paint removed so it wouldnt show up underneath or would it just be easier to paint it black? black and white are the two colors im considering. if i could paint black overtop of the green then that's what i'll do if it will look better than white over top of the green. get what im sayin?
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White is sharp definitive; but can get stained from exhaust and wont look good dirty. Black looks sleek but shows scratches and pollen easily. Which is why I like gray both good properties none of the bad. The only down side is that it doesnt look good with a carbon fiber hood.

You have to sand it down either way or atleast should. If you really can't decide do a split paitn job like everything below the trim be white or black. If you even want zebra or tiger stripes go for it; if your doing the paint.

I've been told to do 2-3 coats of prime, 5-7 coats of paint then 2-3 coats of clear coat.
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ppg is my choice in paint. whos painting it? if u bring it to most shops they will tell you its not a good idea because ur going from a dark color to white, they have to do alot of sanding thats why they dont want to do it.
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