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If your Fiero has
been re-painted before & you want to paint it, you need to strip the
non-factory (at least) paint off. If it still has the factory paint
(only) then there is no reason to strip it.
It's best to take the car apart as completely as possible before
starting. I usually only leave the two roof panels on.
Stripping a Fiero is a tricky proposition. The SMC fiberglass panels
are not so bad, but the plastic & rubber you have to be *really*
First, if you can, use a DA with 180 grit & sand the paint off. You
have to be careful if you're not used to doing this not to make
"flat spots" on the curves & dips on the flat areas.
If you have to use chemicals (& you probably will to get the job
done *much* faster), use a spray can of "bumper stripper" on the
rubber & plastic. Follow the instructions: well ventilated area;
small areas at a time (1 or 2 sq. ft.); do *not* let it soak into
the part. Repeat untill you get dpwn to the last layer of
paint/primer. Final layer of paint (or primer) must be sanded off.
If the bumper stripper works well, you may want to use it on the SMC
panels. If not, I recomend "Aircraft Stripper" (brand name) - on the
SMC panels ONLY. Let me say this again: DO NOT LET THE STRIPPER SOAK
INTO THE PART! Be prepared to spend a LOT of hours doing this. Once
stripped & sanded, prime with epoxy & go from there.
Write-up by Paul