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Are We There Yet?

Keep on sanding, we're almost done

By Mike Harrington

Phew! We are nearing the end of our Do-It-Yourself prep and paint. Just when you think, "Are we there yet, are we there yet?" No, you still have more work to do. When I say "nearing the end," I mean we are nearing the end of the preparation stage of our paint project. After this, we still have to shoot it in primer, block-sand, paint it, shoot the clearcoat and color-sand. Have no fear, when you come home from work and are tempted to turn on the tube and tune out, think about the fun you could be having sanding your project car. After all, who wants to watch our politicians constantly argue on the evening news? Let's be diligent and get into the garage! I found that this is the only way to get it done. Every spare hour I could muster up was spent on this Camaro's prep work. And it is the amount of prep work that really makes a paint job stand out and catch your eye.

Why would somebody want to spend so much time doing this? After all, bodywork is very monotonous. Well, if your bank account is as broke as the Ten Commandments (like mine), this is the best option for the budget-minded builder. Not to mention the amount of self-satisfaction or bragging rights that come when you can say, "I did this myself," or at least most of it.

By Mike Harrington
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