W. Bodywork Part #3

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2000 Miata LS

Bodywork Part #3

I started working on the hood today. It was silver with black racing stripes painted on it. I did not want the stripes to show later, so I decided to strip the paint on the outside of the hood. Sanding them would never get rid of them. Anyway, I used some Rustoleum Aircraft Stripper to remove the paint.

I taped the edge of the underside first to keep a cleaner line for the stripper to clean to.

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I had to remove the washer heads and tape over the holes to keep stripper from getting under the hood.

I used a plastic paint brush and applied the stripper liberally to about a quarter of the hood at a time. It took about five minutes for the paint to start lifting. I used a Bondo squeegee to scrape the paint into a plastic oil drain pail for disposal later. The black stripes took a little longer and several places needed a second application, but all of it came off easily.

After the paint was all off in an area, I rinsed the area with water and started the next quarter.

I then used a scuff pad to scuff the surface. It had been done before, so it was just a matter of covering the entire area lightly again. I then rinsed the hood again and prepared to prime it.

Once the hood was dried well in the sun, I cleaned the surface with a wax and grease remover and cleaned it with a tack rag to get the lint and dust off.

I used two coats of epoxy primer to prime the hood. It will be sanded smooth later before paint is applied.

Now I can scuff the inside of the hood and paint it with the orange base coat.