Sunday, April 15, 2018

Achievement Unlocked!

The clear is on, and it is shiny.

We sprayed 4 coats of clear.  It looks pretty good so far--there's color sanding left to do, and there are a couple of areas we will have to touch up and respray.  I backed into one of the fenders while it was wet--it has to be sanded down to base coat in that spot, and re-cleared.  I also have a spot on part of the stripe where I sanded through to the green base coat trying to remove a weird mark, and we'll have to re-spray, then clear that spot.

But man, does it look nice.  And the best part is, after it cures for a week I can start assembly!

Here's a glamour shot:

First things first--the wheels.  I am particularly proud of this work.  They look fantastic.  I haven't seen anything like them anywhere.  They are Olde English White to match the stripes.


Now, the rest.  First, I striped the license plate plinth:

Then, we took the car apart, and got to work spraying the body, the wheels and the shifter cover.  Everything went back on its stand (almost--the front valance stayed on the car).


Lots, and lots of time went by spraying, waiting, spraying, waiting.  I did everything but the very first coat on the body.  I can truthfully say that I painted this car.

Here's the final product:



The best part is, my wife got her garage back.


So now I wait, letting everything cure.  Once it's fully cured, I'll start assembly, beginning with the wiring harness and then the suspension.  That will let me put the car on its wheels for the first time in 14 years.


It's going to be a long week.

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