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Old 01-22-2021, 02:31 PM
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Default How much door gap for paint?

My doors are hung and swing well. I am using the Van's seals. I am trying to finish the body work on the doors and cabin. How much of a gap should I have around the doors prior to paint? I'd like to finish them out, pull them, paint them, then put them away for final assembly.
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Old 01-22-2021, 03:07 PM
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Depending upon the paint, the film depth should be under .015" However, you will want a gap of at least 1/16 or 1/8", after paint for other reasons.
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Old 01-22-2021, 03:10 PM
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So 1/8 gap, and after paint it should be no less than 1/16 (assuming 0.015 paint depth).
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Old 01-22-2021, 06:00 PM
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I shot for 1/8" gap now (not finished nor painted yet) figuring it would close down to a little over 1/16" after paint.
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Old 01-23-2021, 06:42 AM
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A multi tool blade with 180grit sand paper stuck on both sides made a perfect gap on mine.
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Old 01-24-2021, 07:24 AM
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@Electrogunner, that sounds like a great idea. What worked best for you? Any pics?
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Old 01-23-2021, 08:24 AM
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So 1/8 gap, and after paint it should be no less than 1/16 (assuming 0.015 paint depth).
.016 is 1/64" 1/16" is .063 You should expect that paint from both sides should reduce you gap by less than 1/32

2 coats of epoxy primer, base coat and 2 coats of clear should be under .010", depending upon who paints it.
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