Finnaly going to start looking into paint my 69 Sport Coupe. The car is not a Z28 clone but does have a 302, a 4 speed, etc. We are going with a medium blue with the white style Z28 stripes and painting it at home. I know I've seen the Ricks 1st gen stencil kit recommended all over the place so I'd like to know the proper or best way to use it?
The front panels on the car are all NOS GM parts but we do not have them aligned right now. Is the best way to get the edges painted blue and then align the panels before paint? I've seen the stripes painted while panels are on the car and when off.
The paint we will be using needs 8 hours to dry before laying down tape, so the plan was paint a few coats of the blue down, let it dry then mask off the panels and do 2-3 coats of white. I've read this may leave some residue behind and a paint edge I'm assuming? What can I use to remove that residue before the clear? Should I wet sand with say 600-800 grit before the clear to remove the paint edge? Or will covering it in a few coats of clear do the trick?
Lots of questions but this is my first time trying a stripe paint job and I'd like to get it right.
I see know problem in doing this as long as ya get the clear on within the specified time ? It was close to 8hrs before I laid stripes ....mainly 'cus I wanted a break tho
Residue ? I had a little trouble with residue from the stencil , if that's what you're referring to ? It was only around the stencil itself, none from the tape provided in the kit. Seems as though the solvent from the paint had penetrated, leaving a sticky substance in a few spots
I used wax/grease remover very
carefully. Think I'd recommend laying another layer of tape over the stencil or not use them at all. BTW, you can get the stencil kit directly from Stencils Unlimited (that's where Ricks come from) and save yourself some
As for the edge along the stripe, I'll let the more experienced answer but I think for non-
metalics, it's ok to sand a little if need be. I applied 3 coats for stripes, didn't do any sanding, 4 coats clear, and the edge can barely be felt. Probably could've leveled it completely during the cutting/ buffing process but chose to leave well enough alone.
Another BTW; I painted this panel by panel, stripes and all... before assembly