“What sand-paper grit should be use?” is one of the largest questions on most Tacoma auto forums. It is critical to choosing the correct sand-paper grit for each task to avoid paint damage to the vehicle. There are a lot of different contradictory information on the internet that can be very overwhelming and confusing and especially for beginners who have never done any car repair projects before.
After reading some of the forum posts, I found out that a lot of auto enthusiasts are using the wrong type of grit. I saw some people were saying that they’ve used 400 grit or even 600 grit sandpaper to repair clear coat scratches. Huge mistake! Sandpaper lower than 1,500 grit is too rough for the clear coat and will leave little scratches
The cost of the car paint repair mainly depends on the type of the damage. It can cost anywhere from $10 – $9,000. For each type of damage there is a different repair method and as a result the price can vary. Although it is pretty difficult to give an estimate without seeing the actual damage, in this article I want to give you a basic estimate of how much the cost can vary.
Car paint finishes has 4 layers: clear coat, paint, primer, and metal. Metal is covered with 2-3 coats of primer that protects it from rusting. Then you have 3-4 layers of paint and on top of the paint you have 2-3 layers of clear coat that protects paint from environmental contaminants and scratches. Typically, the cost will be determine by size, severity and the location of the scratch. If there is a deep scratch that goes across the door, the body shop might have to repaint the whole panel.
Of course you have the option of taking your car to the body shop or you fixing it yourself. Therefore, I am including body shop price and DIY price. You will also find a list of products needed and a short summary of the repair process.