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Old 09-27-2011, 07:04 PM
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Block sanding

Just curious as to how many times you have block sanded before you decided enough is enough. I think I'm on my last round. No, I really am on my last go around. After all it's not going to be a trailer queen. I think I can live with the imperfections, especially after it's in final paint,lol. I sprayed 3 more coats of high build today and only a few flies in the primer Oh ya, my back and shoulder in sore.
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Once - Thats not how many time I've block sanded per paint job - Thats how many times I've block sanded period = I that goes back to my Model cars days as a teen.
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Kinda like asking how many times have you gone down a road...you do it til you get to where you want to be. One thing that I have found is that there are many ways to "block sand"...in the old days I spent hours with a bucket, a block, and some 240/320wet-or-dry paper. These days I use 100 grit dry paper on a LARGE board (at least for large flat surfaces) and I get the primered surface flat long before I worry about removing scratches. Once the surface is flat, I spray another coat of primer and lightly block it with some 400 and I am good to go. Life is a lot easier now.
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I've had spots take one time and magically be perfect, and I've had spots take several months (daily) and a couple gallons to fix.

Though I agree, the longer the board the better. Long as you can in the area. A quick mist of paint before sanding also helps to show any high/low spots easier ( remember it all has to be sanded off before really painting)
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Like STEPHEN67 said a mist of black will show you any low spots. Thats the way i have seen it done.
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I usually prime and block twice.....I try to get the body work as straight as possible, so I don't have to use (waste) so much primer. Doesn't always work out that way....
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A long board is the way to go and then guide coats when you feel you are getting close to the end, and then again just to make sure its perfect. But its all worth it in the end, just takes FOREVER LOL John
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Just complaining that's all,lol

I have been using long blocks and guide coat. I started this thread just to to find out to what time frame some of you put into their trucks. I keep saying that I just want to get it into final paint and then notice another spot that I should try to improve upon. Think I'll take Charlieled's lead and say I've come to the end of the road.
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Much rather block sand than wrench. It is more fun. LOl
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I like the dents. If we all wanted trucks with no dents they sell them at the Ford dealerships brand new all day long. I don't want to have to worry about using the truck & driving it around to places where trucks naturally like to go - mud, dust, gravel, snow, etc. I know it might be crazy but I left dents on purpose in my paint - I feel like the truck earned those dents - badges of honor wear them proudly. Just my opinion - one or two passes with the sander & on to the paint.

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I like the dents. If we all wanted trucks with no dents they sell them at the Ford dealerships brand new all day long. I don't want to have to worry about using the truck & driving it around to places where trucks naturally like to go - mud, dust, gravel, snow, etc. I know it might be crazy but I left dents on purpose in my paint - I feel like the truck earned those dents - badges of honor wear them proudly. Just my opinion - one or two passes with the sander & on to the paint.

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You block sand it till it's right and only you can decide when that is.
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