wndsofchng06

1954 century sedan. GA to NC

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wndsofchng06    954

So I guess the first question is:

 

The paint feels a little "rough" in spots and is only semi-shiny. The paint is not dry and chalky though. As we all know this car sat for 25 years. In the floorboards I found 1992 newspaper with masking tape and paint spray, leading me to believe that it was sprayed just before being left to sit.  I would guess this is not a base coat/ clear coat paint job.  So the question is, whats the next step to bring this paint to life?  Do I use polishing compound? wet sand? just wax and buff?

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old-tank    1,506

1992?  It might be acrylic lacquer or acrylic enamel (with or without hardener) or even synthetic enamel.  Get some 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and and gently sand where the bumper covers the paint.  If color is on the paper it of course is not BC-CC.  If you can apply polishing compound to the sanded area and bring out a nice shine, then the paint may be lacquer or enamel with hardener.  Next wipe another hidden area with a rag moistened with lacquer thinner...if color readily shows on the rag it is probably lacquer.  Report back.

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MrEarl    3,038
8 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

So I guess the first question is:

 

The paint feels a little "rough" in spots and is only semi-shiny. The paint is not dry and chalky though. As we all know this car sat for 25 years. In the floorboards I found 1992 newspaper with masking tape and paint spray, leading me to believe that it was sprayed just before being left to sit.  I would guess this is not a base coat/ clear coat paint job.  So the question is, whats the next step to bring this paint to life?  Do I use polishing compound? wet sand? just wax and buff?

 

You ought to take the car back to the shyster who sold it to you. It's obvious he pulled one over on you by shaking a vacuum cleaner bag of dust on the car and telling you it was a barn find just to try and hide that paint job.   

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MrEarl    3,038

Oh man she is really looking good already!!!  You didn't waste any time did you!? SO SO Glad to see this car go to you Matt. Will be such an easy and fun fixer upper. And you really lucked up on that 50% off sale on all the chrome and pot metal replacement pieces:D.

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Any word on the status of the mechanics yet?

 

 

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MrEarl    3,038
1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

 

You ought to take the car back to the shyster who sold it to you. It's obvious he pulled one over on you by shaking a vacuum cleaner bag of dust on the car and telling you it was a barn find just to try and hide that paint job.   

 

and before anybody starts believing that BS, the very first thing I pointed out when we walked up to the car was the dullish looking paint, right Matt?

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RivRider    83

You might want to try one of my old tricks for bringing back old paint,used on all 80-something of mine,wipe it down the whole car with kerosene,adds oil back to paint and loosens any overspray.Then go back and rub down the whole car,terry cloth towel dampened with kerosene,this will remove dead paint .Then wash with good hot water and Dawn dish soap.Then polishing compound,old Dupont #7 works best using quite damp cloth and keep re-wetting,in straight back and forth rubbing,this allows you to fill in any minor surface scratching with circular polishing later.When finished use a damp towel to remove excess compound one section at a time and dry with another towel right after.Then go at it with wax.My Grandfather taught me this with my first car,'63 Impala SS convertible,the dark maroon paint looked like it had never been waxed and turned almost white,after doing this it looked like new again.On the chrome I use 0000 steel wool,made for polishing metal,a lot less messy,especially inside where you don't want all the goop of liquid.Try a small section with both these tricks,don't be scared,I never ruined one yet,that's why "Elvira" looks so good,you might be surprised and less invasive than sanding and less work. By the way,another beautiful 4dr. saved,good luck and keep us posted.

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wndsofchng06    954

As for the mechanics,  she's not stuck.  Still gonna send a lil oil into each cylinder before cranking.  I had to help a friend haul a truck tonight,  so tomorrow I will begin Willie's paint test and manually oiling the engine. :D

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wndsofchng06    954
2 hours ago, MrEarl said:

Oh man she is really looking good already!!!  You didn't waste any time did you!? SO SO Glad to see this car go to you Matt. Will be such an easy and fun fixer upper. And you really lucked up on that 50% off sale on all the chrome and pot metal replacement pieces:D.

 

 

I just "set" the trim on for photos since I was so excited to have it home.   And I was shook down for my lunch money au this 50% sale!  JK ha ha ha I got a great deal!

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wndsofchng06    954
1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

 

and before anybody starts believing that BS, the very first thing I pointed out when we walked up to the car was the dullish looking paint, right Matt?

You did.  And you did not misrepresent anything. I encourage anyone that's interested in the other cars to have a look,  you won't be disappointed. 

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JoelsBuicks    239

This is a beautiful car.  It seems so well-proportioned and the lighter colors fit very well.  The more attention I pay to the '54, the more appealing they become.  Further, I don't and have never really understood knocking the four door as I think they exhibit all the grace and character of the other models.  I hope you'll have a lot of fun with her - getting her going,  making those small improvements, and giving lots more miles.

 

Thanks for sharing,

Joel

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wndsofchng06    954
20 hours ago, old-tank said:

1992?  It might be acrylic lacquer or acrylic enamel (with or without hardener) or even synthetic enamel.  Get some 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and and gently sand where the bumper covers the paint.  If color is on the paper it of course is not BC-CC.  If you can apply polishing compound to the sanded area and bring out a nice shine, then the paint may be lacquer or enamel with hardener.  Next wipe another hidden area with a rag moistened with lacquer thinner...if color readily shows on the rag it is probably lacquer.  Report back.

Ok couldn't wait, got up early...  blue comes off on the 1000 grit.  I need to get laquer thinner (i only have mineral spirits) and some polishing compound at lunch today...

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avgwarhawk    1,269
2 hours ago, wndsofchng06 said:

Ok couldn't wait, got up early...  blue comes off on the 1000 grit.  I need to get laquer thinner (i only have mineral spirits) and some polishing compound at lunch today...

 

I don't recommend eating lacquer thinner and polishing compound for lunch.  

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wndsofchng06    954
On 4/10/2017 at 10:53 AM, old-tank said:

1992?  It might be acrylic lacquer or acrylic enamel (with or without hardener) or even synthetic enamel.  Get some 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and and gently sand where the bumper covers the paint.  If color is on the paper it of course is not BC-CC.  If you can apply polishing compound to the sanded area and bring out a nice shine, then the paint may be lacquer or enamel with hardener.  Next wipe another hidden area with a rag moistened with lacquer thinner...if color readily shows on the rag it is probably lacquer.  Report back.

Color did rub off with laquer thinner. Polishing compound seems to have no affect on the sanded or unsanded paint. Maybe too light of a grit?

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wndsofchng06    954

Moved the 55 out of the shop today to move the 54 in. Going to try to pull the wheels after work tomorrow and figure out why all but one take every ounce of muscle in my body to turn

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MrEarl    3,038

Now that it is cleaned, can you get pictures to show what you're talking about. The worse areas I recall were along the sides? What I saw might could be brought to shine with progressively using 1500 and 2000, 2500 grit paper then wax and polish. 

 

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