Auto body repair & detailing/Fixing Surface Rust Spots
I have a 1996 vehicle. I have some surface rust spots that I would like to fix. In addition to that I would like to apply a tinted clear coat after finishing with my painting. I have sanded the rust spots and wondered if I need to use a rust inhibitor or if primer is enough? After using a spray primer I planned on using a spray paint that matches my color. Is spray paint the best option rather than liquid brush paint? Will I need to sand the spray paint after applying? I am assuming that my original clear coat is gone after all of this time and that I can then apply my tinted clear coat. Do I need to wait more than one day to apply the clear after spray painting?
Some type of corrosion protection primer is recommended. I recommend a primer called Zero-Rust. It will stop rust from growing and give you a great surface to paint over.
When using an automotive grade paint, I always recommend that it be sprayed for best results. If you are applying a clear-coat over most finishes you shouldn't need to sand unless you wait over 24 hours then you would have to sand and possibly even reapply the color.
The clear-coat will need to be applied after your color has dried at least 1 hour and no more than 24 hours.
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