Must be nearly 100 hours in now. Prep is epic. It's just as well I enjoy thinking as I've been having to do lots. Decided to redo the primer I had done as I should have been using 2K primer instead of QD phosphate, and mainly I can't be sure I didn't get damp and dust into the work. Anyway my friend is letting me use his workshop space and he has a lift, never used one before and it has been amazing. Being able to have the car at the right height while using a sanding block/da etc. has been awesome! Even having the car half a foot higher/lower makes a massive difference for all that repetitive wrist action. No, not that kind of action.
I've been doing loads of reading on the internet about prep work for paint; dealing with dust, grease, moisture, using the right grits.. also using the right products, and in the right order. There is so much to it, I've realised I can't just guess and hope I'm doing the right thing as I'll pay for it later!!
With that said I stripped all that primer back and keyed it up properly using 180 grit on the paint and 80 grit on bare metal.
It took me so long to get those stupid insignificant looking bits of filler how I want them. It's ridiculous.
Fully prepped for primer now, much more than before!
Used etch primer on the biggest areas of bare metal. Could/should have used epoxy primer here, but I had etch in the cupboard and it is fit for purpose here. Block sanded with 400 grit and went over with a scotch and degreaser afterwards, ready for 2k primer.
In 2k hi build primer now. Hurrah.
Still LOADS to do... front valance, bonnet, doors, boot, wings.. I've found the way to get through the daunting work load is to constantly break it down into small tasks, and not to deviate, i.e. to work on a single panel at a time, and not to move on until the task has been completed. As with life if you don't create order, you get smashed to pieces by all the chaos.