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what does it mean when a prospective employer asks, "can you help DA and prep this car for paint?"? Answered

responding to job boards online, i came acrosss this offer and was puzzled. "Help DA and prep bodies for paint". was wondering if anyone in the industry might now what DA refers to...

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opc167Best Answer (author)2009-09-09

It is a dual action sanding meaning an orbital sander that sands in circular and vibrates. When they refer to a DA sander, it’s usually an air sander using 6 inch DA stick-on sand disk. I used 80 grit DA sand disk on a truck last night. I did the same by DA’ing the truck to prep it for primer then paint.

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kelseymh (author)2009-09-08

Typing "DA and prep auto painting" into Google would have given you an answer eight times on the first page of ten hits. And you wouldn't have had to deal with the rest of us pointing out the obvious..

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i actually did that and it gave me nothing, hence me putting my "pride" on the line and admitting there was something i actually didn't know : ) your response was much better than JTOBAKO's though !

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Hmmm? What were your search terms? Just curious -- I've had the same experience of coming up empty on a search, and having someone else get a bucketful of hits.

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opc167 (author)2009-09-09

May I add also that this type work is very rewarding if you like before-after results (that’s me in my case). To give you an idea, I’m a Systems Analyst by day, but love to paint by night. I would suggest though, learn how to paint also. That’s where the money is if you stick with an auto body shop. Doing the prep work is messy but is the first step process for any paint application. More time is spent in sanding and prep that painting any time…usually 90%. Let me know if you have anymore questions. I paint all the time.

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Z.. (author)2009-09-09

I had heard that 'Google is your friend'.

It certainly appears to be the case....................................by comparison.

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psymansays (author)2009-09-08

"D A" could be dis-assemble.

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Re-design (author)2009-09-08

I think it's "dual action sanding" to take off the glaze and other thing that need to be done before spraying a car. It might be an entry level position so it's not a bad question. And it's not a bad idea to get more info before you apply for a job.

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jtobako (author)2009-09-08

It means that you aren't qualified to apply for that position : )

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kelseymh (author)jtobako2009-09-08

My vote for Best Answer, FTW!

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keydogstony (author)2009-09-08

I think it's Dual Action Sanding.

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lemonie (author)2009-09-08

As far as I know DA means District Attourney, paint?
Where is this job board - post us a URL?

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