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Lenn 01-08-2014 07:10 PM

Paint and Body guru's...
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I'm about to come back into possession of my teenage years baby, a 1985 Fiero GT. Don't laugh, I love it. Back before I purchased it in the mid-late 90's, it was cheaply restored. It looked good for about a decade but time was not kind to the cosmetic corner cutting that the previous owner took.

See below for the pics but as a composite bodied car, how do you recommend me going about removing all of the old paint on the car? It's bubbling/cracking/peeling in many areas. There's also overspray on the glass that I new to deal with that I never noticed before (also pictured). I would assume you can't sand blast the plastic body panels, right? This isn't the original color (it's currently Dodge Viper red) so I don't care to keep any of the old finish.

All of the lower plastic trim was also painted (should be silver) and it's much thinner plastic so I need to redo that as well.

Any advice?

03f15012 01-08-2014 07:21 PM

Times like this where I wished I watch the guy who does mobile work for us. I think he just uses an electric buffer with sand paper on it. Its been a while though, So I can't be 100% sure of it. We ever get something in and we get him to do something, I'll pay a bit more attention.

murf 01-08-2014 07:23 PM


03f15012 01-08-2014 07:41 PM

Maaco is nice if you just want a cheap paint job. Lenn, with you being in Summerville, ever heard of a place called "Moore's Paint and Body"? Its on 78 heading towards Charleston from where you are. Its at the stoplight that intersects 78 and Royle road. More than Maaco, but he does some real fine work. He did a lot of work for us in the past, and we have yet to be disappointed with him.

2000MTZ 01-08-2014 07:46 PM

I would just use a DA sander with a foam pad and around 100-200ish grit sandpaper, but not go all the way to the body panel. Then once everything is smooth go back and block it so there's not any high or low spots. Then a nice high build primer and sanding again.

Lacquer thinner should get the paint off the windows. And is also good to wipe down car before spraying to remove dust or residue. Mineral spirits leaves an oily residue.

Lenn 01-08-2014 09:05 PM

Thanks for the advice. Just out of curiosity, why not go down to the body panel?

bajaman 01-08-2014 09:13 PM

I did a search for "stripping paint from Fiero" and got a lot of Fiero Forums to pop up with specific information on doing this. By far the overwhelming response was to use a DA.

Lenn 01-08-2014 09:19 PM


dust102689 01-08-2014 10:12 PM

If you want to be in the same spot you are now go to maaco. It is cheap but in a year or less it will look like it does now my buddy did it on his truck. My dad owns a paint an body shop and I have seen lot of people get estimate and say its way to much so they go to maaco and a year later they re coming back and havering to pay even more because everything has to be stripped back down .

Red13 01-08-2014 10:18 PM

Good lord!! Is this a fiberglass body or aluminum?

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