Got back to High Level AB and went right to work on the car. I called the paint manufacturer and talked with a tech who told me the met had to be sanded down before applying the clear. So back to sanding again. Took the whole car down with 320 grit, being careful to sand all the orange peel down.. but the result wasn't as good as the plan
At the end of the day I Re-sprayed the metallic blue then this morning I went back about 12hours later and sprayed the clear.. There is still orange peel and dust into the paint from the overhead furnace. It still in the -Teens Celcius here. But hey, I'm not even working in a paint booth. only so many variables I can control. Wish I had a better place to paint but this is all I can do. At least with a coat of clear on it now I can wet sand out the imperfections. The dark met is way harder to spray than the White pearl, A couple faint tiger stripes showed up, not sure why, I didn't get any with the first application. I wanna pull it out in the sun when possible and see if I can live with the results before I put it all back together. Probably put 3M or Xpel clear bra over a large portion of the car as well after the clear is hardened and sanded. Worse comes to worse I can drag it over to an actual paint booth and pay someone else to finish it if I'm not happy with my work. I'm only into this for paint so far about $500 CAD.
Saw the sun start to come in the window this morning while the shop was still fogged in so I had to snap a few shots.
Its a way different color in direct sunlight. The Metallic reflection really makes it pop.
Closeup of the dust specs on the front bumper
Really hard to make a perfect paint job in this mess. The dodge is getting a new front end so even if the front wheels were on the car I couldn't move it out.
If you buy Aluminum Control arms make sure you get the Steel cones they NEED inside the Ball joint holes.. NO ball joint will fit without them.
Got the pistons in the mail when I got back.
I cant find any Titanium Fender badges so a guy from Kelowna made these replicas for me with his 3D printer. Gonna sand them down and put some paint on them for the Front fenders...
Engine work starting as soon as the paint is dry enough to work in the shop!