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In for a penny in for a pound!! Most resprays start as a low budget affair but can quickly deteriorate into a high dollar event. Your choice of Imron paint is a good example. Imron may be too expensive per gallon to be used as a respray material. That paint may increase the cost of material used as the sealer coat is needed to block out chemical inconsistencies in the sub-layers. DP40 with additive for sealing is what I have used in the past. Yes to get the most for your painters dollar should include removal of as much as exterior parts as you can. All exterior trim is a given. To increase the details needed to get a high dollar look would be to remove larger items such as the the bumpers, lights, door handles and mirrors (maybe). Doing this removes tape lines for a much better look .Next would be deciding to freshen up the door jambs and trunk - hood openings as well as the door interior side, under hood -deck-lid or live with tape lines, over spray or mismatched color or gloss. Your painter would most likely start by sanding with 120 grit and /or 80 grit for the flaking clear coat. Chips and deeper scratches can be filler with such products as Icing (=$$)and NOT glazing compound (cheap). DO NOT skimp on the sealer products, good sealants block chemical leaching of the topcoats into the sub-layers separating and causing blisters. A high build primer under the sealer and hand blocker gives a more wave less appearance as well as a final wet-sand and rub out. Over all by arming yourself with as much knowledge as you can concerning the paint/ body work process will leave you dollar wise not penny foolish.
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