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My 1992 integra project

Post by integrafan on August 10th 2013, 3:40 pm

Hello everyone.
Last year I picked up this 92 integra for 500$
So far I've invested about 200 on parts and dropped my old rebuilt b18a engine into it(from an integra i owned prior).
To keep this a budget project, I've decided to try the 50$ paint job and see if I can get some decent results.
I'll be rolling on some tremclad, outside in a driveway.
The plan: My plan is to scuff with 400 , then 2 coats, then sand with 600, 2 more coats, then 800, 2 more coats, then 1000 or 1500 or 2000 2 more final coats.
But before that, I need to do some rust repair behind the wheel well and side moldings.

I have maybe two months to complete this project before snowfall. but i plan on taking the time to do it right

Here is what i picked up so far for supplies



And here is the project





Also i have a few questions before i start
1. Will it be difficult to go from red to gloss white? or is it the same as any other color?
2.I have side skirts that are made of urethane that I want to put on as well, can I use this paint for that or should I just get a different type of paint for the side skirts?
3. Is 400 grit good enough to scuff the first coat?
4. This car was in an accident before I purchased it, it was hit on the passenger side rear quarter panel, and it looks like they used a significant amount of bondo to repair it and it is now cracking and separating leaving a 1/16 gap, should i remove the bondo and try fiberglass instead?  I am aware that most people would weld in new metal, but I cant weld and therefore this is not an option at the moment. any suggestions or pointers, as well as criticism is very welcome, thanks for following!!!!cheers 

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Re: My 1992 integra project

Post by Noah Zarq on August 10th 2013, 8:41 pm

First, fix the bondo. If it's cracked now it will only get worse, not better, with paint. Rustoleum / Tremclad is fairly forgiving in the bendy urethane, so long as you can get good adhesion. On my son's Nissan it held up 4 years no problem. Prep is the key to success in any paint job, so take the time to do it right.

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Post by integrafan on August 10th 2013, 9:02 pm

Okay so today i only had time to get some primer over a few holes
I also found a few surprises and need some advice on how to tackle them...

First of all this guy

Can I just use fiberglass to fill this hole or should i get some mesh to reinforce it?

Then this guy

Any suggestions?
Im thinking grind it down anf just fiberglass over it....but I'm guessing that it will crack again over time.Neutral

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Post by integrafan on August 11th 2013, 6:16 pm


Picked up some more supplies today that I think might help a bit:D

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on August 12th 2013, 10:39 pm

integrafan wrote:
What's going on here?  Almost looks like the panel-alignment was so off, that they added a gap-filler.

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Post by integrafan on August 12th 2013, 10:43 pm

well whatever it was fell off today, and thats what it looks like. But now I have a huge gap there!
So I don't know what to do about that.....any ideas? HELP?Crying or Very sad 

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Post by integrafan on August 12th 2013, 11:29 pm

quick question, can i use this as a primer? it
says oil based .

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Post by Prospector on August 13th 2013, 4:41 pm

I would say yes.

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Post by integrafan on August 13th 2013, 10:38 pm

Well this is a disaster.....I've never seen so much bondo in my life!!!




Im thinking they just bondo'd over the damage and dents. I'm thinking I should try to get down to the metal , pull the dents as best I can, then re bondo or fiberglass? The bondo must have been at least a 3/4 inches thick in some places!(which explains why is cracked like crazy.
If anyone has ANY suggestions please feel free to suggest away. I'm a little worried at this point.....Don't really know where to go from here...

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Post by integrafan on August 13th 2013, 10:44 pm

On a side note I started scuffing the driver quarter panel and door. Massive orange peel from the idiot that last painted it and paint runs too.....

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Post by Prospector on August 14th 2013, 1:11 am

That Bondo is the deepest I've ever seen .... what were they thinking?


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Post by Samilcar on August 14th 2013, 9:48 am

Yikes! That's definite "Bondo abuse".

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Post by Noah Zarq on August 14th 2013, 11:33 pm

That's incredible! But take a deep breath, relax, and lay out a plan. If it was my car, I'd go to a pull-a-part and cut off a quarter panel. Measure the car and cut the damaged part off your car, leaving about a quarter inch difference. Buy a flanger (cuts a little step into the sheet metal) and the replacement panel pops into place. Might need a little file work to make it exact. Clean everything and use panel adhesive. It's not as hard as it seems. No worse than replacing a door skin.

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Post by integrafan on August 14th 2013, 11:44 pm

Will panel adhesive be sturdy enough to not flex and crack. It does sound like what I was thinking. It is a bit much for what I had planned for my alloted time frame. But I am confident I can do it.
What is a good brand of adhesive?

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Post by Prospector on August 15th 2013, 10:06 am

A lot of people use the 3m panel adhesive in lieu of JB Weld because it is much more flexible but still pretty doggone strong

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Post by integrafan on August 15th 2013, 10:52 pm

Removed most of the bondo today, doesn't look as bad as it seemed. Unfortunately there is not a single wrecker that has this car at the moment. So I'm thinking of  putting fiberglass over it, then just paint over it as a temp fix, once I find a replacement quarter I will fix it properly.




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Post by integrafan on August 15th 2013, 11:02 pm

Also I'm thinking that another reason that the bondo cracked is because the idiot put the bondo right over the dents and didn't even sand it down. Oh well, I'm glad I only paid 500 for this car.Hopefully I can turn it into a 1000$ car lol:P

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Post by kdiddy on August 15th 2013, 11:26 pm

Wow....I'm speechless. I'm surprised the car didn't list to the right from the weight.

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on August 16th 2013, 12:01 am

Ah, I guess the rear of the quarter is bowed away from the liftgate from the damage. That is some bondo! I once did something like that, but I recreated the lower quarters on a '68 Cougar.

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Post by integrafan on August 17th 2013, 3:40 pm

Got some primer down today. I'm thinking it might have been a bad idea to lay down the white primer.Seems a bit harder to see the imperfections i need to sand. On the other hand, it will help with the coverage when I lay down paint




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Post by Noah Zarq on August 17th 2013, 3:53 pm

I bet a lot of that quarter panel will improve with some hammer and dolly action. If you screw it up worse, well...  you were going to replace it anyway, right? But if you try, the worst you can do is learn something. Work from the outside of the dent inward, sort of in a spiral. You will probably need a shrinking hammer but if you get it straight enough you'll only need an eighth of an inch body filler.

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Post by integrafan on August 17th 2013, 4:44 pm

I was actually thinking of just throwing on some fiberglass over it. It is actually not that bad. I think the last owner just used too much bondo and didn't prep the surfaces properly. Its just a temp fix anyways.

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Post by integrafan on August 20th 2013, 3:25 pm




I know it looks absolutely horrible right now, BUT, I'm not done yet....just slapping on the fiberglass

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Post by integrafan on August 20th 2013, 3:28 pm

Hey I just realised I may have made quite a bad mistake....I purchased the wrong primer....Here is what I picked up

Will this still work? The only difference on the can is that it is water based primer.I'm half way done priming the car with it already:oops:

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