I wish everyone was this nice

So I took apart my grande forks and tried sanding them down myself, no luck because my belt sander is too big and by hand it would take ages. So i decided to take it to a body shop that my dad had his car done at. The owner is italian, and I called him in the morning to ask if he can do it for me. He told me to come in after school. I came in, saw some pretty awesome cars, and started talking to him. I took out the parts, he looked at them, looked at me, and in a hardcore italian accent said "Why spend money? Here, do it yourself!" He goes to one of his shelves, and throws me a can of flat-black european spray-paint and some steel wool. So you guys can guess what I'll be doing today :D

Vova

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Hahha, I woulda done about the same. People always want their stuff sanded for free.

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It's just that I would suffocate from sanding like 100000 layers of paint and 999999 layers of primer from my forks

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Wet sand, like I do. Get to it!

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Ya don't have to go to bare metal, to repaint. In fact if you can just go down to the original primer, that's best.

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Hey, that's what I just did, in some spots you can see the primer, in others a bit of the silver paint, but it's all nice and smooth. I removed some paint/primer with acetone and I think it's ready for painting

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cool... don't let it sit long, as humidity will rust any bare metal real fast.

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gotcha! it's windy out right now but hey, maybe ill find a quiet spot!

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There's some stuff called Dad's Paint Stripper that works pretty well. It takes off the paitn without harming the metal, but you might still have to do a little sanding after using it. It's at Wallyworld for about $5 a can, or about $8 at auto parts and paint stores. The can is yellow, blue and white.

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Hehehe, I always use hot water, so my hands don't get so cramped.

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i use denatured alcohol. it strips paint off real easy.

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Lots of sanding and lots of good old laquer thinnner, the thinner dries fast, and leaves less residue than chemical paint strippers; basically all you really need to do is sand it till it's smooth (i usually go all the way down (up?) to 600 grit sandpaper) then use a CLEAN rag with a bit of thinner to clean it or alternatively use a solvent like acrysol, or the such, and a tack rag to get rid of the dust. The solvent, as i said, usually dries quick, and leaves next to no residue, thus allowing a nice smooth re-paint, if you do use a chemical paint stripper, you SHOULD clean the part with solvent to get rid of any residue, the paint comes out smooth and less likely to lift or bubble.

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