what brand paint are you going with . your going to need at least 2 gallons., dont forget the door jamb fenderwells , ect.. if you dont get everything, it will stand out like a turd in a punchbowl. I recently painted a red truck pearl blue and its amazing how much the change is.
I have heard that WANDA brand paint is very good, but people shy away because its not expensive. Im going to try it when I paint a little beamer soon.
heres some painting tips.. allow a week or so between primer coats to see if there is shrink back..
why 3 coats of primer ? also sealer should go on first,. or a self etching primer first.
I would use a medium coat of primer after the sealer and sand it with 600, then 800, then 1200.. at this point the primer will develop a gloss and you will see all of the imperfections.,
then use body filler to fill in the imperfections.
Prime it again after abrading the 1200, with 320 or 400, then reprime it with high build primer.
wait at least a week, then sand with 600, 800 , 1200.. if all imperfections are gone, lightly abrade it with 400 and shoot the first coat.
dont shoot the first coat over anything smoother than 400. ive seen paint flake off when that is done with 600 grit .
if the paint isnt thick enough to fill 400 scratches, the paint was not mixed right. bring it back to the paint store and tell them to give you some good paint. the only exception to this is candy paint.,
if first coat looks good, do the second coat, then clearcoat.,
if you use a metallic you cannot colorsand the first or second coat. the metalics are all silver under the color and the silver will stand out and look like ****.
if you go with a pearl paint you have to walk the panel . if not you will have blotchy areas .
many painters dont understand that the more coats of anything the more chance of problems.,
it may not come up right away, but it will come up. use just enough needed to get a good finish.
I am a self taught painter and know alot abt painting if u have a question. I also do hot rod pinstriping.