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Hey guys
hope everyone has been enjoying there alfa's
well the light at the end of the tunnels is getting brighter all the panels and body are primed an ready for paint in the next few weeks
just wondering the doors boot bonnet an front guards are off so do i paint the parts off the cars then put it together an do a final coat or should i put it all together an paint her?
any advice would be helpful

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Hi Oliver,

you are supposed to paint panels separetely, although its harder later to assemble the car without scratching it.

I guess it depends on how thorrow a job you want to do

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Hi Oliver
I think if the doors are completely stripped and are to be painted inside then keep them off, same with boot lid and bonnet - but paint them all in the same session. Then it is Carefull reassembly, trying to get panel gaps etc even...
With my 6C we kept everything on and just opened doors etc to spray inside edges - but it was a quick simple job - not for concours!
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when painting a metallic , you should always paint the complete car, to prevent a metalflakemismatch
the metalflakes could fall different on the panels so one panel could look darker/brighter than the one next to it

take a lot of care when masking the car to prevent razorsharp paintedges that will require a lot of polishing afterwards, with of course the risk of polishing through the paint, thats very easy on an edge, so you'll have to paint again

if you're painting it non-metallic, you can paint the panels seperately, but then again there's still a chance of a structuremismatch, most of the times a loose panel will be much smoother finished, but that can be polished of course

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My Sud was painted with the doors bonnet & boot off. The wings (guards) were left on.

But it is a solid red colour so the metallic problem did not arise.

The doors bonnet & boot were aligned first and then taken off and painted.

I was frightened to death of scratching them!
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cool thanx guys for all the input
ok yes im painting a metallic (black cherry mica)
an no i dont want to scratch her this is why i was thinking of putting it back together before painting but then i would be left with the meeting of the 2 panels being left in primer not really to worried about that she wont be a conours car but very clean an lol some what near rust free
i guess speaking to the painter will help to get an idea of what they expect as well
will keep you posted on progress
i can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel
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