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Unread 12-10-2014, 02:34 AM   #1
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Alright so I've been trying to find a place to get a good answer to this and I really hope this is the place.. In a few weeks I'm buying a 2001 IS300, its in mint condition and the paint has no chips, the clear coats fine, and from what I saw there's no rust, the previous owner very clearly took pretty good care of it! But.. I plan to get a body kit for it so obviously the issue of matching the color comes up.. I believe it was repainted because the color of it is like the blue manufacturer color but it seems to be darker and has more of a purple look to it, which pretty much makes it impossible to be able to match anything to the actual car color. Its at a used car dealership so I can't exactly find out what color/kind of paint the previous owner used so I'm pretty much stuck to repainting it. I wanted to know if it was possible to just put another coat of paint over that paint job, because I don't have the tools to strip the paint or the money to buy them. I may have a hand sander at my parents house if that's a possible tool I could use? I already know how to paint the car and how to prepare it and I know what paint I want to use and all that, I'm just not very.. knowledgeable I guess on what to and not to do during a paint job.

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No, you don't have to strip the old paint. As long as you prep the surface properly (sanding with finer and finer grit, filling in any imperfections with some bondo/bodyfiller/whatever) and paint it properly you should get a really nice result.

The Mighty Car Mods guys did a fairly extensive episode where they did exactly that and the result looked fantastic. It's all about the prep work.
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Hi!

Alright so I've been trying to find a place to get a good answer to this and I really hope this is the place.. In a few weeks I'm buying a 2001 IS300, its in mint condition and the paint has no chips, the clear coats fine, and from what I saw there's no rust, the previous owner very clearly took pretty good care of it! But.. I plan to get a body kit for it so obviously the issue of matching the color comes up.. I believe it was repainted because the color of it is like the blue manufacturer color but it seems to be darker and has more of a purple look to it, which pretty much makes it impossible to be able to match anything to the actual car color. Its at a used car dealership so I can't exactly find out what color/kind of paint the previous owner used so I'm pretty much stuck to repainting it. I wanted to know if it was possible to just put another coat of paint over that paint job, because I don't have the tools to strip the paint or the money to buy them. I may have a hand sander at my parents house if that's a possible tool I could use? I already know how to paint the car and how to prepare it and I know what paint I want to use and all that, I'm just not very.. knowledgeable I guess on what to and not to do during a paint job.
No, you don't have to strip the paint. If the paint is in good condition and bonding well to the car then all you have to do is scuff it with red scotch brite, clean it, and paint it. This being said, you claim to know how to paint a car but don't know this fact sends a red flag and tells me you probably don't know how to properly paint a car. Unless you have a decent quality HVLP gun, air filters, air supply, high quality paint, a booth, and a lot of time you probably shouldn't be painting a car.
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