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My honda accord, 1998, paint is literally peeling and FLAKING off. I would like to sand off the hood which is the worst area. What type of sandpaper should I use? What is wet sand paper? Can I use outdoor rust spay paint from Home Depot? Not that I want to mislead anyone but am selling my car and the hood is a real deal breaker.

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Audra Fordin, Owner at Great Bear Auto Shop Jean, I commend you for trying to fix it yourself. However, investing your time and money in parts, and perhaps not coming out with the best looking repair might also scare buyers away. And then they will have to think, hmmm what else has she done herself? There are inexpensive repair shops that can make it look good and not cost you a fortune. Mechanically yours, Audra www.women AUTO

Kathryn van der Pol, Owner/Manager at Adolf Hoepfl & Son Garage Dear Jean, If you feel like you must do something, take it to a body shop and ask them to recommend the proper sanding paper for the job. Painting cars is considered an art and the folks who do body work artists. Let them explain all the various stages and types of sand paper you will need. The next buyer perhaps will want to get it painted professionally. If you try spray painting it yourself, you may diminish its value and create another headache. Best of luck.

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Jean- the best sandpaper to remove old paint is usually 80 or 100 grit- once primer is applied use 320 wet or dry to smooth it ( use it wet) - before application of finish coat- use automotive lacquer in the proper shade which is available from Dupli Color & available at most part stores - hope this helps thanks Super Girls Auto.

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