this point I was pretty discouraged. If it took me one and a
half hours just to do what is left of my top plate, just imagine
how much time it would have taken me to do the side panels.
This is when I got a visit from Lady Luck. My friend Marty paid
me a visit while I was grinding my top plate; he works in a
Honda garage as a mechanic. I explained what I was doing to
him and he offered is help. At Honda they use industrial grinders,
which are meant to grind car parts. I gave him my side panels
and he brought them back to me the next day with no trace of
paint on them. It took him about 20 minutes to do. This certainly
saved me a couple of hours. Thanks a bunch Mart!
you don't have a good friend who works in a car shop or if you
simply don't feel like spending hours grinding this ugly beige
paint, there are some easier ways to prepare your case for painting.
At least sand the beige paint with rough sanding paper to get
an abrasive surface. This will help the new paint to stick well
to the old one. Some also use a primer before applying new paint.
I never tried this myself but apparently it work very well.
there is the bezel we need to prepare before painting. The first
step is to take it completely apart. Here is what my bezel looked
like after doing this: