When I sent mine to paint, I told the shop, take as long as you need. That way they can do a better job and not be rushed. It took about a week and 1/2. They did a panel off job, turned out better than I hoped.
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Definitely panel off ! Especially if your changing he colour. You will never get a great paint job if your changing the colour and don’t do panel off! I did panel off myself and took me over 2 weeks doing it on weekends and at night. Turned out great!
And To clarify I would do Panel off regardless if your changing the colour or not. You will never match the old colour and because the lower skirt and rear lower quarter panels and under rear trunk panel are all covered with door and hood shut your will never get a great paint job
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I am a strong believer in panel off paint. There are a lot of people who are agains this, but in my opinion its the only way to properly prep and spray around all the edges. I have been in the Buisness for about 10 years now and I have seen many product failures due to lazieness. I go as far as to pull off the rear clip as well. I do however leave the front half of the roof on and pull the windshield or molding depending on the shape of the molding or windshield. here is a pic of one of my current builds. I plan on some paint booth time this weekend to see some color.
Im one of the naysayers. I only do panel on paint jobs unless the paint job is getting over $7,000. Ive always guaranteed a paint job for as long as you owned the car and took the proper care since I started in the mid 60s. Only thing I dont is rust. Ive never understood the need to paint all the insides of panels on a color change since the only time anyone would see it is disassembled or wrecked. Ive never had a job I couldnt get all the edges and jams properly painted together. I do jams and under panels first, mask, and then paint the exterior. Any noticable paint edges are gone with a few swipes of wet sanding if the buffer dont take them off. If your happy taking them apart for paint, thats not a problem for me. Your just doing unnecessary work and money to me. Also notice a lot of people seem to damage painted parts during reassembly, so they paint them on the car anyway in the end.
I will say that removing this will require a whole bunch of spare parts clips fasteners etc that will be brittle and break it may cost a bit just to unbolt and bolt everything back on if parts have become brittle just be aware of the amount of effort required to line everything back up also thought worth mentioning.