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I picked up the paint today. It only cost me two Home Inspections! (That included a gallon of clear and activator plus reducer for the red) Body shops must get a big discount. When I priced this same paint last summer it was about $100 bucks more per gallon!

 

 

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After doing the roof and having so many problems I was getting discouraged with painting in general. I now have a new desiccant filter/dryer, new paint gun and different paint with slower reducer and slower activator for the clear. The paint went on just like acrylic enamel from the past and the clear went on just as smooth. I pulled the tape back at the area where the cowl meets the firewall. The color match looks pretty good. With a little sanding and buffing I don’t think it will be too noticeable. I am more confident now on doing the rest of the car!

 

 

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Of course I did a video, what else is there to do while waiting for paint to dry?

 

Disclaimer: (For entertainment purposes only) If you follow my lead your car will also take 20 + years to complete!

 

 

 

 

 

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4 hours ago, Mudbone said:

Disclaimer: (For entertainment purposes only) If you follow my lead your car will also take 20 + years to complete!

 

Oh well, that's the price you pay for meticulous work!

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23 hours ago, Kosage Chavis said:

I'm terrified of painting my car.  But watching your videos encourages me.  Thank you Mr Mudd!

Did you see the PM I sent you?

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I forgot to mention the potential big screw up I made. Saturday morning I was doing some clean up and using a blow gun to remove some dust before masking and painting. Apparently I had shut off my air compressor after I did this. So I basically sprayed one coat of sealer, three coats of base coat and three coats of clear on one full tank of air! On my last coat of clear it felt a little different than the two previous coats. When I was done I checked my regulator gauge and it was down to 26 psi. (I was spraying with 28 psi) I was very lucky that the last coat wasn’t a disaster!   :D

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10 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

@Mudbone Sue speaks the truth.  In the 10 years you have been working on yours I may have driven mine more than 10K ...  You need to finish that before there is no more gas made. 🤔

 

Actually it’s been more like 20 years, and yes, I am working on an optional Tesla conversion as I type!  :D

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After trying just about every product I had to remove the yellowing on the engine turned aluminum dash inserts, including brake clean, carb cleaner, every paint thinner including lacquer thinner. I decided to try some non toxic paint and varnish remover.

 

 

 

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I didn't have the volume on so forgive me if you mentioned this in the video.

 

Do you think you removed an old layer of clear coat that you will have to respray?

 

None the less turned out very nice and look forward to seeing it all back together.

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13 hours ago, 38Buick 80C said:

 

I didn't have the volume on so forgive me if you mentioned this in the video.

 

Do you think you removed an old layer of clear coat that you will have to respray?

 

None the less turned out very nice and look forward to seeing it all back together.

 

Yes, I will need to put some clear coat back on.

 

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I was able to get the dash off to the Soda Blaster this afternoon. It should be done next week. It fit nice in the back of the Tahoe with the seat folded down.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Smartin said:

That grey epoxy looked like a pretty close match to the glove box grey, too!

 

It was but it dries flat. I thought about hitting it with clear coat!

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Yeah the epoxy is pretty flat when dry.  Although I think the clear coat might have made it too shiny.  Probably doesn't matter all that much either way, since it's the inside of the glove box.  It's good to see progress on this one!  Looking great...

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Dash Board Soda Blasting: Did anyone out there have any Soda blasting done? I did not expect this rough of a surface. I will now have to sand it down some before I apply sealer.

 

 

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19 hours ago, Smartin said:

Even if it was soda blasted, I would sand to prep metal.  That looks like good ol’ sand.

 

 

I called the guy tonight and he said he used some type of slag product not Soda. I guess I should have put a sign on it I wanted it Soda Blasted.  That is what I asked for.

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