Watch This Before Painting Your Car – Eastwood Video 1


– Hey this is Donnie Smith and welcome to the first episode of
the Eastwood video series. In this video series,
some students and myself are gonna show you, how to paint a car. We have a Mustang that we’re
gonna be painting black. Now we’re gonna paint the
inside also, so we’re gonna show you how to paint the
outside and the jams as well. Now to do this I’m gonna tell
you up front it does take quite a bit of work, but the end result is gonna be worth it. During these videos we’re gonna be using some Eastwood products, and
I’m pretty excited to try some of these products myself, and excited to share ’em with you. And you can visit our friends at Eastwood by clicking right here. The first thing you
wanna do, before we start this Mustang project or
any job you’re working on, is to wash it in soap and water. I know this sounds really
basic, but you’d be surprised how often this step is skipped or ignored. This is such a small job to
do, but you’d be surprised of how many paint problems
this can result in. You could have problems like
fish eyes, adhesive problems, a lot of problems that
could be eliminated, if you just washed your car
first with soap and water. Not only will washing your car
first keep you out of trouble in the paint shop, but listen to these other tips we have for you. – Washing your car will
help with inspection and looking for damage. It’ll also save you time and money. – You may be saying to
yourself, how in the heck is washing my car gonna save me money. Well I’m gonna tell you,
you know your car is full of contaminants from the environment
and the products we use. Things like Armor All, and
waxes, and if you just start trying to sand your car
without removing these silicons and waxes, you’re gonna
load your sandpaper. Your gonna use more sandpaper, and it’s gonna take more effort. So any step we can do
like washing your car to eliminate extra money
in sandpaper and effort, you know that’s always
a win win in my opinion. – Another tip is to use
a silicon free soap. – That’s another great tip
Logan, cause a lot of the car soaps on the market today, you know they have silicons in them. They’re designed to protect
the wax that is on ’em, or designed to put additional
coat of wax on ’em. We don’t want that. We wanna strip all the
wax off, whenever we’re getting ready to paint something. So make sure when you’re
shopping for some car soap, make sure it does not
have any silicons in it. Alright enough about washing
the car, let’s move on. Next we’re gonna develop a repair plan. – Grabbing a grinder to start
grinding, or grabbing some sandpaper start sanding is
another mistake often made. – That’s right Dylan, before we do that, before we start working on the car, let’s step back take a look at it. Determine what we’re gonna need to do, how we’re gonna do it, and
what we need to do that. We wanna figure all this
out before we actually start working on the car. It’s like a doctor or
surgeon, they know what they’re gonna do before
they operate on ya. They don’t just open you
up and then determine that. We wanna do the same thing. We wanna have a plan, before we just jump on the car and start working on it. And by doing this, you’re gonna
eliminate a lot of mistakes and last minute surprises,
cause the last thing we want is something to come up when
we’re just about ready to get the car completed and
realize there’s something that we need or something missing. So let’s get all this
figured out up front. Take a little time up front, it’ll save a lot of time in the end. – When inspecting your car
and developing a repair plan, here are some things to consider. – First you wanna
inspect the paint finish. Does it have any cracks in it? Is it peeling, is there any
rust bubbles, things like that. Some of these things
may require that we have to strip the car down to the metal. So determine what kind of
condition the paint’s in. Now if you inspect the paint,
and it’s in good condition, you know it may be a candidate just to be able sand and repaint. Now just a little confusion there, if you have to strip
there’s usually a reason. A lot of your older
restoration jobs, there’s rust or there’s problems with
some kind of paint defect, and you’re gonna have to strip to metal. But a lot of people think
that every job you do needs to be stripped to metal,
and that’s just not true. If the paint’s in good
condition, the factory paint’s on there, you’ve also got factory E-coat where it was dipped from the factory. And we can put like epoxies and things, which is good for corrosion protection. But when it comes to corrosion
protection, you know superior what’s the best, what
the factory had on there. That E-coat is gonna provide
the best protection possible, so if a paint’s in good condition, I recommend not stripping
it to bare metal. In fact if we get new parts
that has E-coat on it, we don’t strip that either. We will final sand it
with 500, try to leave just as much of that
E-coat on as possible. Now if we burn through the
metal in a few spots, that fine. You know we can put some epoxy or some self etch primer on it. But if the paint’s in
good condition, you know I don’t recommend
stripping it down to metal. And in the case of this Mustang,
the paint’s in excellent condition, so it’s a candidate
to maybe just be able to sand and paint it, but
there’s something else that we need to consider first. Now we need to check
the paint mil thickness. How thick is the paint? – After checking the mils on
the paint from previous jobs, the paint might be too
thick so we might have to partially strip the paint. – You can think of this
like shingles on a house. Before they come and put new
shingles on, they usually take the old shingles off
before they put the new ones on. Now I think this has something
to do with the weight, but we can think of the coatings
on your car the same way. Now I don’t really think
weight is an issue, but if you get too many coatings on there you might cause adhesion problems. It may cause some of your
gaps to be too narrow, cause of all the coatings. When you open the door,
they may rub and knock chips of paint off and things like that. So if the paint’s too thick, we may have to strip some of that off. So how thick is too thick? Well it’s generally recommended
if the paint is over 12 mils thick, that you need
to take some of that down. Either partially strip or strip it. Checking the paint mil thickness, you know it’s a pretty simple process. We’ll have Becca
demonstrate how to do that. – Checking the paint mil thickness to see if it’s factory paint or if
it’s been painted before. – So the mils on this
Mustang, four to six mils. You know that’s perfect,
that indicates OEM finish, from the factory, hasn’t
been painted before. So this makes a perfect
candidate just to sand and prep it to get it ready for paint. Now Becca demonstrated the
paint using a digital gauge, digital mil thickness
gauge, but they also have little magnetic gauges that
you can use and they’re a lot less expensive, but
it’ll get the job done. – Before the sanding repairs
start, you need to kinda find your dents like take
a pen and circle ’em. Mostly the small ones because
the big ones you’ll see after you’re done sanding,
but the small ones you’ll lose during sanding, repair,
and grinding and stuff, you’ll lose it under the dust. So you need to be sure
to mark those first. – Now the best way to find the dents, is to look at the light reflections. Look at the light in the
paint surface, and as you are go over the entire car and just kinda if you see something move back and forth. And as you do that, if
there’s any damage there the reflection’s gonna
highlight the damage. So be sure and go around
the entire car doing this, just kinda looking at it,
looking at the light reflection in the paint, and kinda
moving back and forth. If you do this, you’ll
find a lot of damage, a lot of dents that you
wouldn’t found otherwise. Yeah it’s happened to all
of us, or I know it has me. You know when you go to repairing
something and you get into this butchered up work where
someone plastered over an inch of body filler on there, and
when you initially inspected the car you just saw a little dent. You get into it, you start
grinding and it grows and grows and grows on ya, so what do ya do? You can repair that entire
area or you just try to feather in the new body filler into
the existing body filler. I mean what do you do? Well that’s a decision
you’re gonna have to make on your own, but there
is a way to know up front before you start working on
the car if there’s body filler. They now have a body filler
gauge that will indicate if there’s any body filler
on the car, and how much. This will allow you to
plan for additional time to do the repairs if needed. The body filler detector, it’s a new tool. It’ll measure up to a
quarter of an inch, and there should not be a quarter of
an inch body filler on a car. Most manufacturers of
body filler say maximum of a quarter of an inch after
sanding, so you should not find more than a quarter of an inch. Now there is another way, you
can use a magnet to determine if there is body filler,
but you really don’t know how thick, and that’s what this tool really helps you to determine. Is it on there properly, is it too thick, and you’ll know this all up front. This tool won first place
at SEMA a couple years ago, and I think it’s a pretty cool tool. You know I sure wish that I
had one through the years. Checking for filler like
this with a gauge, you know that can save you or
eliminate you from surprises or additional work that
you wasn’t really aware of when you started the job. Now that we have an idea of
the damage, how extensive the damage, what damage
do we have, is there any body filler, and the
condition the paint’s in. Do we need to strip, partial strip, or just final sand and paint. Now we have all this in mind. So now we know what repair path to take. – In the case of my Mustang,
we kinda got to take the easy way out, because there
was little damage, the paint was still in good condition, and there was little to no body filler. Now we’re gonna take on last
step to ensure that there are no silicon or contaminants on the car by using a wax and grease remover. – Now we’re using a wax and
grease remover from Eastwood, and this makes it real easy
to be able to spray on there and wipe off real convenient. But if you don’t have an
aerosol spray like this, you know I still recommend
getting a pump up bottle if you get the wax and grease remover that comes in a gallon or
a quart in the liquid form. Use one of those pump up
bottles, pour it in there, pump it up, and spray it on. This will save the amount of
wax and grease remover you use, and it’ll just simplify the process. Okay now we’ve got the car
all clean, ready, we know what we’re gonna do; next
thing we’re gonna disassemble. Now we’ll go through
some of the disassemble steps in the next video. We don’t want to make these
videos too long, but be sure, these are some basic steps
but they’re often forgotten. These are very, very important. Don’t eliminate these
steps, avoid these steps. Be sure and properly clean the car. Wash with soap and water. Inspect the damage. Check the paint mil thickness,
the paint condition. Be sure and follow all these steps. Is there body filler on the car. Cause if you do these up
front, it may take a little bit of time, but it’s gonna
save you a lot of time and frustration in the end I guarantee ya. Throughout the entire
process getting the car ready to paint, it’s gonna take a
lot of time, it’s gonna take a lot of effort, and it’s
gonna take a lot of money. So that’s why I stress doing these first steps is very important. May not be the most interesting
to watch, but if you want your paint job to be the
best, you want high quality, you want professional results, you need to follow these steps. Thanks for watching this
video, and be sure watch the upcoming videos, these
Eastwood series cause we’re actually gonna get started on this car and show you the steps of what to do. Whenever we start repairing
and sanding and painting and disassembling this
car, you don’t wanna miss any of those steps, so be sure
and catch this video series the last Tuesday of every month. Thanks for watching and
we’ll see you next time. (rock music)

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