1993 Geo Storm GSi -Rustoleum sunrise red

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1993 Geo Storm GSi -Rustoleum sunrise red

Post by Samilcar on September 22nd 2012, 3:55 pm

I bought this car for $500 as a fixer upper for use as our teenager's first car. The clear coat was 10% gone on the hood (the "peeling sunburn" look), the clear coat was mottled, cloudy, and flat on the roof from wet leaves (it was immobile under a maple tree for two years prior to us buying it), and the clear coat was completely gone from the rear spoiler (a pink spoiler on a faded red car looks really BAD). The rear fenders were slightly rusted, but this was fixable with sanding and body filler. The bottom few inches of the front fenders were completely rusted away, requiring complete replacement.

After replacing the rusted out front fenders with a pair of decent white painted junkyard fenders, the rolling began.

The mix I chose was a slight variation on that used by MR2Miach:

8 parts Rustoleum
6 parts acrylic enamel reducer (slow)
2 parts mineral spirits
1 part synthetic enamel hardener

The hardener (5 Star Synthetic Enamel Hardener 5132) was mixed with the Rustoleum and allowed a 15 minute "induction time" before the MS and reducer were mixed in.

Order of work:

150 grit DA machine dry sanding
320 grit DA machine dry sanding
body filler work
320 grit DA machine dry sanding

1st coat
2nd coat
1000 grit hand wet sanding
3rd coat
4th coat
1000 grit hand wet sanding
5th coat
6th coat
1500 grit hand wet sanding
7th coat
8th coat
1500 grit hand wet sanding
9th coat
10th coat
2000 grit hand wet sanding
11th coat
12th coat
2000 grit hand wet sanding
DA machine compounding w/Megs 105
DA machine polishing w/Megs 205
wax

This first pic is a reflection shot of the hood:


Just the sun reflecting off of the hood:


Reflection shot of the rear spoiler:


Sun reflection shot off of the rear spoiler. This shot shows what's left of the final 2000 grit wet sanding scratches. Even with multiple hard pressure compounding with an aggressive compound, these scratches are still just barely visible from a foot away and the light at the right angle. I was initially worried about the paint being too soft for the Megs 105 compound, but this hardener really did it's job. This paint is HARD:


Comparison sun reflection shot off of the old front fender and the newly painted fender. The paint on top of these old rusted fenders was actually in the best shape of the whole car, with all of the original clear coat.


Reflection shot of front fender:


Reflection shot of front door:





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Re: 1993 Geo Storm GSi -Rustoleum sunrise red

Post by 63Falconconvert on September 22nd 2012, 8:19 pm

You nailed it!!!! Awesome job. MR2Miach was the one that started to add hardener to the mix. Those test panels he did came out great.
This proves that when you take your time, mix the right stuff and apply thin coats you can have a awesome paint job.

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Post by Samilcar on September 22nd 2012, 9:05 pm

Thanks, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I noticed one thing that needs to be corrected, the first picture is of the roof, not the hood. I tried taking a reflection shot on the hood at first, but it was too windy, and the empty can of hardener kept trying to slide off of the slick hood.

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Post by cac1967 on September 26th 2012, 5:18 pm

look's great!!!!!!!!! thumbs up

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on September 26th 2012, 10:41 pm

That does look great. Really catches my eye - and I'm not even a cop...

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Post by augieke on September 28th 2012, 11:55 pm

Very nice. Looks professional. Congrats!

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Post by rmdhokie on September 29th 2012, 10:31 am

You did a great job. Another success story!!!!

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3 year update

Post by Samilcar on November 10th 2015, 6:42 pm

I thought it was only two years, but I guess it's been three. The Storm has turned into my daily driver for my five mile commute, it's spent all of that time outside. I had pictures of it this spring after I had waxed it (it gets washed and waxed once a year), but those got lost with my old phone.





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Post by wantajav on November 10th 2015, 8:36 pm

That's a great looking car. I remember back in the 1960's every new red (enamel like Rustoleum is) car was soon faded or pink within about 5 years. It was considered "normal" until the latest urethanes and mainly the synthetic di-azo reds came along around 1980 from DuPont. Your car has held up well considering, nice as is- can always bring it back anytime if you want. I notice - no visible chipping on the front, that is a testament to the durability of your paint job.

Check out "extreme makeovers" from Meguiars or a detail website if you are interested, with a Porter Cable polisher and some ultimate or poorboys you could bring that back in an hour....

one thing for sure I'm definitely getting a Porter cable and trying some of the latest pads and compounds on my cars including the roller jobs coming up

Great job
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on February 17th 2016, 9:48 pm

I agree. I'm seeing a little hazing on the hood and roof - perfectly understandable for a car which is always outside. A little polishing compound before your next wax job should make it look like it did in 2012. It still looks pretty damned good anyway.

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