Introduction: How to Prepare Any New Aftermarket Auto Body Parts for Painting

This video will show you how to correctly prepare for painting any new aftermarket replacement part.

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Step 1:

TOOLS NEEDED:

  • 320 & 500-grit sandpaper
  • Abrasive pad (Scotch-Brite)
  • 1 can of Gravel Guard
  • Spray gun
  • Primer sealer

Step 2:

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Start by roughly sanding the black primer using the 320-grit sandpaper.

Step 3:

2. When you're done, use the abrasive pad and sand the fender once again.

Step 4:

3. Repeat the process for the other side. Make sure you don't miss a spot.

Step 5:

4. Watch out for imperfections and dents that could need some fixing prior to applying primer. What you want is a smooth and even surface.

Step 6:

5. If any areas of the new part are going to be exposed to the road like the inside of a fender, we strongly suggest you spray it with gravel guard to protect it from minor dents and premature rusting.

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6. Wipe off any excess gravel guard and drips with a shop rag and let it dry.

Step 8:

7. When dry, spray the interior of the fender with 2 fine coats of sealer primer. Let it dry.

Step 9:

8. Repeat the process and spray the outside with 2 fine coats of sealer primer and let it dry completely according to the manufacturer's recommendations before moving onto next step.

Step 10:

9. When the primer is completely dry, sand the fender once again using the 500-grit sandpaper. Watch out not to sand through the primer!

Step 11:

10. Finish sanding using the abrasive pad one last time.

Step 12:

11. Repeat the process for the other side.

Step 13:

12. Use a blow gun to remove dust from the fender and wash it with any good surface cleaner.

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13. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated room and wear the appropriate safety gear from now on.

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14. To remove any dust or sand left, wipe the fender thoroughly inside in out with a tack cloth.

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15. Because you won't be able to paint it once the fender is mounted on the car, spray paint the interior beforehand. Let it dry.

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16. Apply another coat of paint. Let dry.

Step 18:

17. When completely dry, wipe the fender once again with a tack cloth.

Step 19:

18. Apply one good coat of clear coating on the inside of the fender. Let dry.

Step 20:

19. Install the fender on the vehicle and prepare surrounding areas to receive paint.

Step 21:

20. That's it!

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