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Hey guys, I'm thinking about painting my car myself. Not sure when yet but hopefully soon. Do you guys have any color suggestions? Right now its sand beige with black pony wheels. Think I should repaint it sand beige since its rare or go with something else? Also I could use any advise or tips you guys have on the prep work and painting. Thanks
 

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I say go with whatever color you're passinate about! As for painitng it yourself...I would leave that work to the professionals...I know a lot of guys who do body work/painting for a living and it is tough work and the prep/body work is sooooo important to get a great results!
Good luck!
 

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Remember that the door jams and engine bay wont match if u change color.........unless u paint that too....

I would go w a color similar to the current color so the door jams match somewhat and dont look too missmatched... thats just me though...
 

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Yea I wish I could take it somewhere to get it painted but I dont have the money for that so I am going to do it myself. Im not in to big of a hurry I dont get my license until september and I bought the car to fix up and learn stuff so what better way right?
 

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the actual painting is pretty easy. its the prep work, the taping off, taking off trim, spoilers, fenders, headlights, covering tires is what gets you. The prep work probably the most important step to painting a car. It has to be clean enough to eat off of, or the paint will show blemishes; or trash will get into the spray. Either way, if you are gona try it on your own, take your time, ask question if need be, and get good quality products.
 

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domindart yea thats what I was thinking. Do you guys know where I could possibly get the sand beige paint?If it helps the paint code is 8L
 

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Changing the color is a little of a pain, but with a little extra time can be done.

I spent 1 day disassembling, 2 days prepping the main shell, 1 day taping, and a little while painting. Still have to prep and paint the hood, hatch, bumpers, and trim, and reassemble.

Things to do when doing a thorough job: remove door handles and lock cylinders, trim, spoiler, all lights, and hatch lock cylinder.

Depending on how it looks now, I would say go for it. Mine didn't look good at all before the repaint, so there wasn't really any worries of messing it up. It's turning out pretty good though and I'm happy with it (I have no prior experience other than rattle can painting my suburban).

Good Luck.:bigthumbsup
 

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Painting your car

I have worked in a shop that specialized in high quality restorations and customs. If the paint on your stang really bothers you I say just try your best and ask for advice. the worst case is you may have to do it over, but that is part of the learning process. any good bodyman/painter has had to do jobs over. Take your time, there is no need to rush. The fit and finish are the first impression anyone has of your ride. if your going to change color that increases the work and reassembly has to be done with extreme care. it really sucks when you do a beautifull job and scratch it putting a piece of trim on. just remember there are no mistakes, just learning experiences. the more you work at it the better you will get. good luck to you.
 

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You may be able to find your color through Ketone paint supply or PPG, If you want a custom color try House of Color, they are pricey but have some pretty cool colors.
 

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I would say keep the sand beige, that's a rare color and it'd be good to have it.

But it's not an appealing color so I wouldn't blame you on changing it.

The actual painting is the easy part. The bodywork, preparation, and making sure your body panels align right is the hard part and that's what you really pay for.
 
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