Not shown but going on in the background was an antena and wing delete, thats right wingless!!!
the antena just looked lame. they all got welded up. With that all done and the body smoothed out it was time for
some FP410 high build urathane primer.Big thanks to my local Sherwin williams auto. I grew up in Africa where
laquer paints still fly. I played with them lots and was at a loss about all the modern stuff.
They really helped me through the whole process. Stupind questions and all.
Take no notice of the super ghetto paint booth. once running i had a window shaker to cool and dry the air along
with two ac filters, an extraction fan in the roof and a ducted filtered fan at the opposite end.
I wanted to have somebody else paint it once i had the metal work finished but couldnt get a body shop to even come look
at it. The only guys in town were Macco and a restoration place that wanted 5000-10000(without even looking at it)
In the end im glad i did it. Huge sense of accomplishment. I also now have a paint job that looks better than what i
could afford to have somebody else do.($1000 macco job)
Then preped and primed the parts. Here is where my statement from above comes true, on the hood are the door handles.
They were completely dissasembled, primed, sanded, base coat, sanded, base coat,sanded, clear coat,clear coat. A service
not available on a $1000 paint job.
Also had to strip off the rubber coat on the front fenders, it was chipped and rusty. I primed the bare metal with self etc,
then sealer, then put them on the car, taped them off to match the rubber coat on the sills, hit them with rubberizing stuf?
then primed. you can kinda see the black tips on the fenders. looks super oem!
And yes that is the floor bar holding up the bumpers.lol
The big white(subaru E51 white) was the door. I couldnt believe how good it looked after base coat. was very hard to not cover it in
matt clear for a satin finish.
This is the roof after wetsanding with 400 in prep for coat 2. Its been dried off with a paper towel and still had a really nice sheen to it.
older paints dont do that i was pleasently surprised.
Then came the clearcoat
Quarter panel. the white lines are the doors in the reflection
no buffing or wetsanding. just 2 of urethane clear, flash and 2 more coats. wetsanding is not needed or reccomended within
72hrs according to the MSDS sheet
It took a lot of doing but luckily i ended up with nice smooth door lines where the rub rail holes were welded up:-)