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hi,

i want to go on paint some decal on the right panel (looking from the front) without stripping all the paint off because of fearing that i might not be able to match the original paint

what tool do you use to sand something in detail?
or
will it be suffice to just prime then paint instead of sand it?

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Tape off everything that you don't want to get sanded or painted before you start. Use painters masking tape. Always best to sand-prime-sand-prime-paint-clear, but seeing as it is a small detail, go with sand-prime-paint (clear optional).
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Tape off everything that you don't want to get sanded or painted before you start. Use painters masking tape. Always best to sand-prime-sand-prime-paint-clear, but seeing as it is a small detail, go with sand-prime-paint (clear optional).
can you explain to me what you mean by "sand-prime-sand-paint-clear"?

i thought prime is a paint that help paints stick better, if you "sand-prime-sand" then wouldn't that get the prime off?
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Basically, you want to get the smoothest surface possible. The first sanding stage is basically to take the gloss off the original finish so that the primer will stick well. After the first primer coat has cured, sand it with fine grit (800) to remove any high spots or "orange peel". The second coat of primer would be just to ensure good coverage and to touch up any spots sanded through with the 800. Again, a light sanding with 800 after the 2nd coat of primer has cured. The finish should now be quite smooth. After removing any dust, you are ready for your color coat now. This is how I do it. I have also done the fast way as well, it just doesn't look as good to me. Painting is all about prep work. It takes time, but the results are worth it.
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After you tape up the design just use a 3M scuff pad to prep surface. I would skip the primer because the primer color may show on the edge. Make sure it's very clean before paint. Use very light coats so paint doesn't bleed under the edge. Look at the "how to Paint" link in my sig.
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