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Post by Hell_Fish on October 24th 2012, 5:45 pm

For the past few years I have flip flopped about paint. Roll or spray, roll or spray. Last week I made up my mind and started to roll. The car has been a long term project and a few months ago got all the rust repair done. Once painted I can put the car back together.

The Barracuda 2 years ago


I will be using rustoleum gloss white and rustoleum clean white primer both thinned with mineral spirits. I also got a couple spray cans of the same for hard to reach areas. I have not gotten very far yet. Im starting on the engine compartment, so I can get my engine off the stand finally. I mixed the primer on the thick side, 2 parts paint to one part MS and applied 2 coats this past weekend. I figured that the primer is pretty easy to sand.

After some sanding

After 2 coats of primer


Should the primer be wet sanded? Is 2 coats enough?
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Post by cac1967 on October 24th 2012, 8:47 pm

I would just dry sand the engine compartment with 320 grit and paint away thumbs up
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Post by Hell_Fish on October 25th 2012, 10:16 am

So, dry sand the primer and paint? Ok. I figured I could have not used a primer, but I have been working on this car since 2000 and getting so close to driving this thing for the first time, I didn't want to take a chance.

BTW- nice 67 Mustang. I had a 67 fastback many years ago. We had a garage fire that took out the front end of the car.
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Post by cac1967 on October 25th 2012, 11:03 pm

Thank's for the compliment!!! I have owned it since I was 13, it;s acupolco blue, 351 windsor , borg warner t10 4speed, dry sand the primer and wet sand the paint guess I should have been clearer on that , I went to high school with a guy that had a 67 barracuda, his had a 69 model 340 in it ,was a pretty quick car, what engine is your's? thumbs up
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Post by Hell_Fish on October 25th 2012, 11:25 pm

273 Commando. 10.5 to 1 compression 235hp stock, should be 290hp once fired up. My wife had a 69 Mustang coupe. 302 with 69 351W heads. Sold it to a friend 3 years ago. I also have a chopped 56 Ford F100 351W and C4.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on October 26th 2012, 1:13 am

That's a cool car. I think that's one of the largest back windows ever. My mom's first car was a '63 Valient 2 door with a slant 6 and a three-on-the-tree.
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Post by Hell_Fish on October 29th 2012, 10:33 am

Not a lot to report. I really cleaned the firewall. Used simple green and oven cleaner to get all the nastiness off. I had some custom matched spraypaint to match the gold interior and used it to paint some of the exposed metal. The tops of the doors are next and then rustoleum clear over all of it. I have tested and the clear didn't wrinkle the paint, so the 2 work together.





I have a journal for my Barracuda detailing my slow restoration. Once i pass the 7 day mark I will post it, but you can find it on google if you search for Hell Fish Barracuda.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on October 29th 2012, 2:41 pm

Yeah, keep going. This board seems to be dead at this time of year, so anyone getting anything done, is a hero.
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Post by Hell_Fish on October 29th 2012, 6:04 pm

Being in central Texas, fall is the time to get stuff done since its not 100 deg outside. Cool
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Post by leeready on October 31st 2012, 6:20 pm

I hear that. It finally feels good out in Houston.
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Post by Hell_Fish on November 4th 2012, 10:26 pm

One coat of primer on the rest of the engine bay.


A couple more pics at my site
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Post by ANeat on November 15th 2012, 12:32 pm

Great job, That cuda looks real solid. I know here in Ohio most of the mid to early 60's mopars Ive seen or owned were pretty bad.

Buddy of mine had a64 cuda hopped up street racer back in the 80's, full roll cage, tricked out slant 6, great car
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Post by Hell_Fish on November 19th 2012, 4:15 pm

I wanted to get another coat of primer this weekend, but I spent my time digging trenches to run power to my shop.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on November 20th 2012, 12:59 am

Hell_Fish wrote:I wanted to get another coat of primer this weekend, but I spent my time digging trenches to run power to my shop.
That will be nice to have.
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Post by Hell_Fish on November 20th 2012, 1:18 pm

It will, but the pickaxe and shovel method for trenching takes as long as the rolled on paint method. Smile I have 100 ft left to do.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on November 21st 2012, 3:37 pm

Hell_Fish wrote:It will, but the pickaxe and shovel method for trenching takes as long as the rolled on paint method. Smile I have 100 ft left to do.
Can easily save just as much money, too.
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Post by Hell_Fish on December 10th 2012, 12:05 pm

The trench is finished. I have to roll the Barracuda out of the shop for the day to finish some internal wiring. and install the breaker box for the power. With the fish outside I plan to get out the sanders and start working the exterior for primer.
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Post by Hell_Fish on December 26th 2012, 12:41 pm

Power is now hooked up in the shop and can really get to work on the paint now. Power tool work so much better than my arm and faster too.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on December 29th 2012, 10:33 pm

Cool nothing like having a shop to work on your car.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on December 31st 2012, 2:57 am

No doubt. My car has snow on it, and the driver's door lock was frozen when I tried it a few days ago. The passenger side opened. I haven't started that thing in over a week, and I've had that battery since the Spring of '07! It's a NAPA Select, or Gold, or something like that, and I've used it in 4 or 5 different cars.
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Post by Hell_Fish on January 2nd 2013, 6:31 pm

It sure does help. I have a started to sand down the paint. I have a flap disc on a angle grinder and am sanding down the areas that the old paint had cracked. Found some bondo in one area and smooth steel underneath. Other areas will be fun since there are more layers than I realised. It's been too cold to get any painting done, but I can have more area prepped for when it warms up enough to lay down some paint.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on January 3rd 2013, 1:32 am

From what I've read here, cold weather allows for a longer drying time, which allows the paint to lay flatter, before becoming completely dry. I'm not sure what temperature is the beginning of "too cold," but I'm thinking that above 55 is pretty safe. Hardener can speed drying times in colder conditions.
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Post by Hell_Fish on January 3rd 2013, 11:36 am

Its been cold for Texas between 37 and 47 during any day I had a chance to work on it.
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Post by Hell_Fish on January 8th 2013, 11:17 am

A little more sanding complete. Found 2 pin holes that will need to be repaired.



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Post by Hell_Fish on February 15th 2013, 2:38 pm

Still removing paint and bondo. Welded a few holes closed and worked out a few small dents. I found the passenger side rear 1/4 panel is a mess. The car had a thick layer of bondo that was covering the damage.



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