You may want to ease up on the rough grit sandpaper, try 220-320 for sanding repairs and 400-600 for sanding primer before basecoat. The 80 grit for gaining grip for repair materials may work okay, but be careful not to gouge too much. For being an inexperienced painter, you should get the quart to make sure you have good coverage and enough left over for touch up should you need it.
Red is a very expensive color, that's just the name of the game.
I'll second this but say to re-clear go up a bit, maybe 1200, because it can sink if memory serves. I worked for John Connery for a few years, very respected guy in Canada, along with his brother (who actually had the fastest drag bike in Canada back then, legitimately!), but it was a looooong time ago. He's still around doing some killer bikes and cars, has a website.Ok, I think I have this grit situation straight.
400 grit wet to prep for primer. Only use 180 grit as needed for scratches. Use 220 to shape repair material, and follow with 400 to prepare for prime coat Only use 80 grit for areas to be repaired Yup(cracks).
After primer use 400 grit wet again. 400 to smooth major high/rough surfaces followed by 600 to smooth surface for basecoat application
Then base/clear. Not sure what happens after the clear goes on. Wet sand again or just buff?You can wet sand any imperfections with 1500/2000/2500/3000 and then buff, or you can wetsand with 800 and reshoot the clear if it is not as perfect as you planned. Lots of options but the basics are covered.
Wow, there is another "me" on this planet! When people think of me as a painter, the first word reported as coming to mind is "anal". But everyone likes to use the word "meticulous" in it's place. True story.And yes, I'm neurotic about this stuff LOL...
Cool. I'm jealous...wish I still had access to a booth and my old Sata. I'd LOVE to do a Dukes of Hazzard paintjob on my 1098...but as suggested by, I think Matt here, more like Ducks of Hazzard...Daffy and Donald...and of course Daisy!Wow, there is another "me" on this planet! When people think of me as a painter, the first word reported as coming to mind is "anal". But everyone likes to use the word "meticulous" in it's place. True story.
And I definitely agree with using 1200 for smoother finishes in re-clearing.