I'm not an expert by any measure, but along the way I've picked up a few tips that sometimes come to minds as I read the great resto threads on this groovy forum. O0 These sort of general rules are just the sort of info I was looking for when I knew nowt at all. However we all have different ways of skinning the cat, and these are not hard and fast. For example you can paint top coat over wet primer if you're daring - "wet on wet". Saves some sanding sometimes and good adhesion. I say daring because if something is going wrong with the primer you've just top-coated it! 1. (This came up recently somewhere). Etch primer and zinc primer should be applied sparingly - see-through coats - I know it's hard to restrain yourself - you want to see it all one colour! 2. In general, the less paint the better. There are lots of reasons for this. When you're attacking your resto you'll see the original paint is very thin, but probably high quality. For VW it dried quicker, less paint costs less. But also less paint - better finish as it can't get too peely. And the thicker the paint the more easily it chips when it's done. Good quality paint is a winner. 3. Get a good gun. I got a devilbiss GTX for £100 on Ebay and everyone on our estate borrows it. You'll get your money back when you sell it and you WILL get a MUCH flatter finish from the gun. First time, you WILL get a finish you don't have to do anything further to. That's why they all want it. I get favours back. 4. jaffa peel. Hmmm - I like a wee bit - not too much. There's going to be arguements about this, but IMHO unless your panels are arrow straight polishing them to a mirror finish will make them look worse. 5. Painting the inside. Are you really going to flat back the high build primer inside? I bet you're not unless you have more staying power than... whatever it is. So if you're using high build, thin it right down and use as a surfacer. Over to you guys.