Re: [Chrysler300] Tedius task of detailed sanding
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Re: [Chrysler300] Tedius task of detailed sanding

When I restored my '65 300 years ago I had the entire car apart, including every nut, bolt, and wire from the dash board. (it was out of the car) It was scratched and weathered and turned out looking great in a very factory way. Some things to remember, just in case you haven't already thought of it.

  • It isn't uncommon for people to use excessive amounts of cleaners and 'protectants' on their interiors. Even before you begin sanding, you should use some wax removers / metal preps
  • Although it is important to eliminate sanding scratches before paint, I think 1500 is far too smooth. From my experience, you wouldn't want to go finer than 800 - 1000 if you want the paint to bite. Perhaps there are some pro painters that could weigh in on that?
  • I used a gloss black urethane but added a flattening agent to get the right sheen. Full gloss or semi-gloss wouldn't look stock, if that's what you're going for. I did several spray out's on test material before I began prepping my dash to get the sheen right. I'm sorry, I don't remember the ratio I settled on.  
  • I'm not that familiar with '63 / '64 but it sounds like you're painting everything below center. If you are planning to spray all of that lower dash while still in the car, depending on what you're spraying with and at what pressure, you will have overspray in all kinds of places you didn't expect. Consider removing it if you're trying for perfection. 

Ryan Hill

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Sent: June 12, 2019 9:28 AM
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Subject: [Chrysler300] Tedius task of detailed sanding

The lower half of dash was stripped of switches, map light and radio.

All chrome knobs and such were cleaned and polished,

The steering wheel is off and painters tape now accents the interior.
Not to mention, buckets removed and mounts sanded & coated.

All the scratches from 64 thru 2018 are meeting with 800 grit sandpaper.  Then p r press up to 1500 grit.

Quite a tedious effort but thinking end product will be much more uniform.

I think Satin black instead of high gloss.
Any thoughts or confirmation would be well appreciated.
All door panels out & stored until completed.

Only a 300 nut would try for perfection!

Best to All.

Dave the Sandman...LOL...


Posted by: Ryan Hill <ryan_hillc300@xxxxxxxxxxx>

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