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Hi, I have a 98 Tacoma paint code 204. Seems to be single stage but it's pretty much had it.
It's starting to oxidize on the top/hood and I tried to compound it with a power buffer - did nothing.
I then tried wet sanding down to 600 and it still shows a color difference between oxidized and non oxidized areas and I'm about to hit primer.

I have a turbine HVLP setup and i have used it quite a bit for home projects but never auto.

I have a book on auto painting but its for resto type work starting from bare metal.
I suppose first of all I should ask if this its realistic that I could do this with no automotive experience.
As I said I have some experience with cabinet type work (all solvent based finishes) and I have made pretty much every mistake possible with HVLP because I'm self taught.

Secondly, assuming no body damage (got lucky, bought it new and got a hit a few times but car vs truck truck always wins) and oem color would I have sand/strip to metal?
From what I can tell if I have start with bare metal and primer it's a lot of steps.

I was hoping with single stage I could sand down to good paint/primer and top coat with single stage.

Thanks
 

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Every paint job I've seen from somebody with little paint experience never looks great. Cottage cheese and runny usually. Might be worth doing the prep and having a shop do the paint?

My paint is really bad, but I'm thinking of wrapping the truck to cover it up.
 

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Every paint job I've seen from somebody with little paint experience never looks great. Cottage cheese and runny usually. Might be worth doing the prep and having a shop do the paint?

My paint is really bad, but I'm thinking of wrapping the truck to cover it up.
This.....

I did my snug top and it looked like I did it. HAHAHAH.
 

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Hi, I have a 98 Tacoma paint code 204. Seems to be single stage but it's pretty much had it.
It's starting to oxidize on the top/hood and I tried to compound it with a power buffer - did nothing.
I then tried wet sanding down to 600 and it still shows a color difference between oxidized and non oxidized areas and I'm about to hit primer.

I have a turbine HVLP setup and i have used it quite a bit for home projects but never auto.

I have a book on auto painting but its for resto type work starting from bare metal.
I suppose first of all I should ask if this its realistic that I could do this with no automotive experience.
As I said I have some experience with cabinet type work (all solvent based finishes) and I have made pretty much every mistake possible with HVLP because I'm self taught.

Secondly, assuming no body damage (got lucky, bought it new and got a hit a few times but car vs truck truck always wins) and oem color would I have sand/strip to metal?
From what I can tell if I have start with bare metal and primer it's a lot of steps.

I was hoping with single stage I could sand down to good paint/primer and top coat with single stage.

Thanks
I just painted my 03 Tacoma with Raptor liner. There were a lot of rock chips and the plastic bed liner that came with the truck when I bought it new had worn through the paint to the bare metal in a couple of places.
I seriously suck at painting, but this was really easy and it turned out amazing. I put the plastic liner back in, but I'm not worried about it wearing through the Raptor.
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