Register now to get rid of these ads!

Sanding Louvers...Advice, tricks...help?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bp1971, May 31, 2012.

  1. Does anyone have a good techique or trick to sanding louvers? I am going to be sanding the 162 louvers in my hood sides on the roadster soon and any advice, tricks, or technique help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. BISHOP
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,571

    BISHOP
    Member

    Have fun.

    The only real trick is beer. Put on your favorite music and a comfortable place to sit with the panels in your lap.
     
  3. All of the above +++++++++ More beer !!!!!!!
    And ya better know what yer doin when ya paint 'em.
    Or your doin it all over again !!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Merlin
    Joined: Apr 9, 2005
    Posts: 2,546

    Merlin
    Member
    from Inman, SC


    Yep what he said!^:D
     

  5. 3banjos
    Joined: May 24, 2008
    Posts: 476

    3banjos
    Member
    from NZ

    Just been through this. 205 in the boot lid. Lots of beer, and just pick up the 1's ya missed in the morning.
     
  6. Are there any chemical stripping companies still around or has the EPA gotten rid of all of them?

    Charlie Stephens
     
  7. Just f n do it n think how cool it will look when your done!
     
  8. Wear some mechanics gloves or you might regret it in the morning.
     
  9. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,190

    flatheadpete
    Member
    from Burton, MI

    Great time to commit a crime....no fingerprints after you're done!!
     
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,597

    Mr48chev
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Some kind of gloves for sure. I wish I had a good suggestion for sanding the louvers but I still haven't figured out a good method for sanding the 120 in my hood and I've sanded them several times over the years.
     
  11. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 958

    Jeff J
    Member

    Paint stick w/ sandpaper on it ! The fingers like it a little better !!!
     
  12. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,950

    flamedabone
    Member

    I'm doing that exact thing today...308 or those bastards..

    The only thing I have found that helps is 3M makes a Softback Sanding Sponge in fine, superfine and megadamnfine. (superfine is fine enough to paint. part # 02602) They help ALOT, but it still sucks...my thumbs and index fingers are toast and I still have one more round of sanding...

    Good luck, -Abone.
     
  13. 3banjos
    Joined: May 24, 2008
    Posts: 476

    3banjos
    Member
    from NZ

    So whats on there at present. Primer or old paint, if primer try some scotchbrite.
     
  14. BISHOP
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,571

    BISHOP
    Member

    Thats a good suggestion, and I would use the super fine, those things are great.
     
  15. Here's a trick I did years ago.
    Wife came into the shop 1 morning and asked if she could help with anything.
    I said, sure.
    The decklid ( over 300), hood sides (over 200), and hood top (140)
    had been sittin for about 2 weeks waitin 4 me to set them up to shoot.
    Handed her a bucket of water and sum 400, told her to get after it.
    The great gal she is she did it.
    Took her 2 days.
    That was 20 years ago --Everytime she see's a louvered part in the shop or a louvered hood, side panel, or anythig lovered,
    I hear this under her breath--"FUCKIN LOUVERS"
    Enjoy yourself.

    "If it was sooooo easy everybody would have em"
     
  16. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,885

    Jeem
    Alliance Vendor

    Bandaids or super glue...and after an hour or so, be prepared to talk to yourself about weird schitt. Maybe that's just me.
     
  17. Thanks guys for the suggestions...especially the part about having beer. The panels are primed and bing prepped for paint. I like the idea of using a scotch bright pad.
     
  18. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,950

    flamedabone
    Member

    Here is my '34 lid after the first round of primer.

    [​IMG]

    I lightly sanded the non louver areas with 80 on a flexible long board to get it straight. Then, I did the louvers and the rest of teh lid in 180 to smooth it and get it ready for the second round of primer.

    What you can see in the pic are the last of the high spots and bare metal areas around each louver. All this will covered with primer in the next round and the third will make sure everything is perfect.

    The only good thing about the second and third round of primer is yo ucan use the fine and superfine 3M pads..they are WAY easier than sandpaper, but it still is no fun at all..

    Load some Metallica in the CD player and get a rack of cold ones and get to it. (DON'T set beer cans on the car..it can leave little rings in the paint...)

    Good luck, -Abone.
     
  19. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?
    Member

    I don't do allot of paint prep, but when I have to sand them I generally use scotch bright pads in lots of different grades. The other weird thing I do is before pulling my gloves on, I take a strip of duct tape cut into small (say 1/4" wide) strips and wrap the ends of my fingers. Just the tip will do. With some of the gloves, I find that the material cuts almost a quick as the skin under it. It helps, trust me.
     
  20. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151

    slammed
    Member

    Take the pain. Accept the pain. Become one with the pain.
     
  21. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,594

    zman
    Member
    from Garner, NC


    yep... prepping for paint is a bit easier than color sanding or the cut and buff portion.

    [​IMG]

    Never this close together again... ;)
     
  22. ^^Jeezus! How did you get in there to clean those!!?
     
  23. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,594

    zman
    Member
    from Garner, NC

    The whole time I was cussing the person that came up with the idea to put them that close together. The bummer is it was me... :roll eyes:

    As bad as it was, it does look worse in the pic than it really is, though it does suck. And even when they are farther apart, you really have to watch those edges.
     
  24. Started sanding the louvered panels tonight. I used a scotch bright pad and it worked grea... I also incorporated a six pack of my favorite beer into the process. Thanks again for all of the replies and helpful tips.
     
  25. Chopped 66 Bug
    Joined: Apr 5, 2012
    Posts: 214

    Chopped 66 Bug
    Member

    And I thought 16 louvers was a pain in the ass! Didn't know about the beer part, that is where I went wrong. I hate sanding and louvers just makes it that much more fun!

    Mike
     
  26. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,350

    Tony
    Member

    Some good tips guys! I'm DREADING doing my deck lid. I put these in myself by hand with a die set i made, so although they are pretty damn close, they are not uniform like a machine does..
    Ought to be a lot of fun.
    Thanks for the idea's and advice.

    Tony
     

    Attached Files:

  27. 26 roadster
    Joined: Apr 21, 2008
    Posts: 2,015

    26 roadster
    Member

    Great stories, only did this on five or six cars and since I had a "hook up" for louvers there were a LOT. I don't drink enough to do it any more...............LOL
     
  28. I put 168 louvers in an O/T TR6 once....I got lucky, the guy that did the louvers had me buff all the paint off the area where the louvers were going before he started punching.
     
  29. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,594

    zman
    Member
    from Garner, NC

    I always strip both sides before I punch. And I usually recommend they do it before bringing it to me. Saves a bunch of money.
     

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2021 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.