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I got a big case and it would take days to rub down can I just spray some acid etch or would it just flake off?
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I got a big case and it would take days to rub down can I just spray some acid etch or would it just flake off?

Do it the right way, not the easy route.

TCO
     
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Depends on the current surface finish. You don't necessarily need to sand it down to bare, but you do want to scuff it evenly, for both adhesion and appearance.

I highly recommend this product

http://www.amazon.com/Mirka-18-118-447RP-pieces-2-Inch-9-Inch/dp/B001BKW02Y/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1443899348&sr=8-2&keywords=mirlon

It is much more flexible than typical scuffy pads, so is great for getting into seams, corners and other tight spaces. It also cuts much more quickly - so does a better job with less time and effort. Being a pad it also does not load up like sandpapers.

Yes, it is expensive, but you will be amazed at the difference.
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Originally Posted by TheCautiousOne View Post

Do it the right way, not the easy route.

TCO

^ In general, great words to live by



As for the paint, I've experimented many techniques on an old case and found that etching takes longer, doesn't remove as much paint, doesn't promote adhesion, and smells terrible.
Sanding will remove the paint and since the metal surface won't be perfectly smooth, the paint adheres better. When painting, sand in between coats (once it's dry of course!) for a nice smooth finish.



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