Something I've been going over and over is pre-paint steps. I've searched and come up with a hodge podge of things to do, but I'm not entirely sure of the order. I'm trying to get a game plan down on paper and move forward with this. The logistics are stalling me.
Things i'm looking at.
1. I need to replace the door hinges, specifically the drivers side. I've considered removing the doors, might as well rebuild or replace hinges and striker if I pull the doors. I can sandblast the hinges and epoxy primer them, but should I go ahead and put the doors back on and align them before attempting to take the car down to metal?
I bought new fenders, Im assuming I dont touch these things until Im ready to primer the car. The coating is supposed to be pretty good. If im blasting the car, ill need to remove fenders too.
I'm still considering a dustless blasting kinda thing. My initial thought is to have as much removed from the car as possible for blasting and primer. but then assemble everything prior to painting. BUT I've seen people go ahead and paint jams and tight places before assembling, and since im taking things down to metal and the color is changing Ill have to paint these areas anyways. I cant see painting them with everything on the car.
Piecemealing things seems like a good idea, but my timeline is going to be a lot longer for prep and paint. I'm doing this in my spare time so the car might sit for long periods of time, it doesn't lend itself to doing things all at once. Im scared the color could be off if I mix separate batches, and if I mix everything at once, it has a shelf life. Hoping to have everything done within 6-8 months.