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HOW TO PAINT WOOD THE RIGHT WAY!
You may know how to paint, but not necessarily how to paint wood. This is because most homeowners are well-accustomed to paint-ready surfaces like wallboard, but find--much to their surprise--that painting wood is an entirely different matter.
Automotive sandpaper comes in a variety of different shapes, sizes and grits to be used for specific applications in the refinishing process. Actually Automotive grade sandpaper is completely different then what you might be use to in wood working. Wood workers or general purpose sand paper may actually be made of sand particles that are roughly graded into course medium and fine ratings. The abrasive particles on automotive sandpaper actually highly graded oxides to allow the auto body technician to depend on a contestant grade of abrasive.
Automotive Sandpaper can come in a variety of coarseness from about 40 grit which is the most abrasive up to 5,000 grit which is not much more abrasive then a regular sheet of paper in your computer printer. Each piece is exactly the same as the last that way if you are sanding down an imperfection in the clear coat you can grab a 3000 grit paper and know you won’t be cutting through the clear into the base coat.
So what are the different grades and types and when do you use them?
Starting with the most abrasive and working our way up to the fine grades.
40 Grit or anything below 100 grit is used to remove paint, rough sand and shape body filler and fiberglass, remove heavy rust or level out welds.
100 to 200 Grit is used to prepare metal with a rough surface so body filler will stick to it, detail sand the body filler and remove paint.
200 to 300 Grit is used to prepare the car for primer, finish sand body fillers and level out paint chips.
300 to 600 Grit can be used for finish sanding but is mainly used to prepare the Primer for the main Base Coat of paint.
600 to 1000 Grit is used to sand the base coat, remove large paint runs, dirt in the base/top coat or imperfections.
Above 1000 Grit is used to level the clear coat and remove orange peal this is the final process before buffing and may be skipped in some cases.
Rough sand with 100 or below to remove paint and shape the body filler. Once the shape is correct finish sand for primer using a 200 grit paper and once the primer has dried use a 400 grit sandpaper to prepair it for the top coats of paint.