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Discussion Starter · #21 ·
Hi guys,
Nothing exciting to show for yesterday's efforts. Realized I should back up a little and prep a couple items I missed. So, spent the day power washing, sand blasting, prepping, body filling the replacement head light buckets, side vents and found a couple dents on one rear quarter extension. Will likely go skiing today, so other than checking if another coat of filler is needed, won't get anymore of significance done today.

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What are you using to take the paint off the panels so quickly?
 

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Chuck,
It's a silica sand I got from my local brick supplier. Sometimes I mix in some of what the sales guy calls "flint sand" or "flint rock" in addition if I will be working on nasty rusty pieces. It's a bit more aggressive. But for this kinda stuff, ali valve covers etc I used just the "medium silica sand".

Ryan,
So quickly.....boy it doesn't feel like it man... :lol:
I use a D/A sander with 80 grit paper. If there are areas with excessively thick paint, I will work it first with a grinder to get through a couple layers of paint first. Key it not to hit the metal with the grinder, as you will scar it. Sometimes I can use the same piece of paper for 20-30 minutes, sometimes it's cooked in 5 minutes. But when it's done, the underlying panels are sanded and ready for primer.
 

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OK...so after a 4 week hiatus to put some finishing touches on the last project, I am back at it again. No plans to divert attention until she's done (hopefully...:). Sprayed the blocking coat this morning and spent the day wet sanding. My arms are jelly, but got it all done. Will mount loose parts (valences, head light buckets etc) in the morning, then shoot what should be the final primer coat.

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Today's progress....... Well came to the realization this morning that I hadn't yet primed the underside of the hood. This was significant, as it was one of the key pieces that was to be painted when I do the "trim out" with color in the gun. So, spent the day prepping and priming pieces parts (hood, top side of deck lid, fender extensions etc etc). Then, gave the body the final prime coat. Everything is looking pretty good. Body looks really straight, which is good...as we know black shows all flaws.....so hopefully I haven't missed any. :shrug:

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I still can't believe how quickly you get things done. Do you have a bunch of Oompa-Loompas stashed in your garage we don't know about?
 

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Looking good, its moving along swiftly. When you get finished I'll be the first to volunteer to store it and take great care of it. Of course this is while you do mine. :idea: :grin: Seeing how quickly you are doing this one, I'm sure you will go stir crazy not having something to do. :biggrin:
 

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Box 2 of the Oompas up and ship them to me UPS. Once they are hard at work on my '69 I will edit my post so no one knows--our little secret! ;)
 

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Thanks so much Grabber. I really appreciate the offer. I was starting to wonder where I was going to store it, and had no idea of what I was going to do this summer.

Dave....not sure if I like where this is going man. Starting to feel like blackmail. Make you a deal, when I'm done with them.... I'll send em your way.

Hmmm...thinking this through Grabber....maybe I'll just spend my time driving it this summer. :grin:
 

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This weekend's progress report....
Prepped and painted "trim out" stuff. This consisted of the undersides/backsides of the rear valence, deck lid, cowl, hood, headlight buckets and the engine bay.

The plan is to do the big paint next weekend. Hopefully it will warm up a little, as it's a lot like winter at the moment.

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Discussion Starter · #35 ·
March 1st weekend's progress....
Yesterday I prepped everything, finished up any final wet sanding, cleaned an organized the shop, hosed down the floor etc etc. Today I painted her. Didn't come out too bad.... maybe a B+. Color looks good, gloss looks good in most areas, but in that quest for the glossy shine....created a few clear coat runs. Ewh...I hate when that happens... :bitch: Oh well, guess I've got a little wet sanding ahead of me. I was trying to reduce wet sanding by laying it on heavier..... :shrug: Well, no fear of anyone hiring me as a painter, that's for sure.

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Hung the rear valence on Sat.

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Masked off the engine bay, so not to overspray last weekend's work.

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Ready for morning...

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If that run in the clear is the worst you did (especially seeing how you dare to go BLACK), then I htink you are doing just fine. I am seriously jealous of your progress. Do you have a wife, kids, girlfriend? Or is it just you and the Oompa-Lumpas? =)
Awesome work, I'm subscribing....
 

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Ha--told you that you should ship me a few of the Oompa Loompas, now your secret is out there forever!!!

Nice work on the paint job by the way, jealous of your progress.
 

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Hey gents,
Thanks.
Just went out and looked it over more carefully now that I don't need a mask on. Found a couple more drooooops. Darn I hate that. Don't mind the wet sanding, but the concern for burning through the "not drip" area around the drip is always the scary part. Anyway, is what it is. The wet sanding will set me back a week or two, but we'll be rolling again after that.

6d6 - yep, got em all.... wife, kids, girlfriend. And no, the girlfriend is not an Oompa-Loompa. Hmmmm.... :/ nah... not going to go there.... Actually if you ask my wife my girlfriends live in the garage. :D

Yeaaa Dave....thanks a lot for letting it out. I said I would send em your way......didn't I..??
 

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Rob,

It's coming along nicely! At least there are no bugs in the paint like when we did the 84 in the barn LOL!! I suppose that is the advantage of painting in the winter, no bugs. Have you determined which motor is going in it yet? It seems last we spoke you were thinking about that Cleveland but was that your final decision?

Keep in touch Amigo!
 

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You can buy the small square sections of files that are glued onto a wood backing from the auto paint stores or from Eastwood. They work really well taking off the majority of the top of the paint sag with little or no damage to the surrounding clear. You can also use a razor blade held verticle and scrape off just the top of the runs. Be careful not to drag the corner of the blade on the good portion of the clear. Practice on a small section first. I know it is difficult to block sand just the top of the sag without taking off the surrounding clear.
 
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