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Post by wct203814 on June 2nd 2008, 11:44 pm

Hey everyone i dont have much of an update but i finished geting supplys and stuff! and i was at fleet farm and found this hardner for oil based enamels was only 10bux and it is enough for 1gal of paint do you think it was a bad buy? or will it work mixed with the paint and spirits rolling on to increase shine and reduce the drying time ? anyones 2c would be apreciated or ill just do a test coat on a panel! lol mixs 8/1 8 parts paint to 1 part hardner and that would also mean 16/1 with spirits and it would have to sit mixed and sealed for 30mns before applying to setup. if noone knows tell me and ill test it on my gas filler door!

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Post by retired plumber on June 3rd 2008, 12:36 pm

I have not used this brand before but if it is like auto paint hardner it is good stuff. Don't know about rolling tho because it might speed up drying time and shorten flow out time meaning more orange peel. Best to try it on a test piece before the whole car. Another thing, You CAN'T mix more than you can use immediately because it will set up and be unusable. Make sure you follow the instructions on the can. Be sure and let us know how it works out.
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Post by wct203814 on June 3rd 2008, 1:41 pm

allright ill test it on my gas door and a piece of side skirting! test results will be posted tonight lol .
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Post by wct203814 on June 4th 2008, 12:05 am

well i did not get to test out the hardner today for fear of not mixing it right so i might wait till tomaro but i got the whole car in its first coat of rattle can primer! im going to hit it with 2 before wet sanding it and hiting it with a base coat.
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Post by wct203814 on June 4th 2008, 12:11 am

here is the car all in primer! i gota do some more sanding tho im haveing problems with it lifting in some areas... but ill just take it down to the mettal and use an etching primer!
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Post by wct203814 on June 7th 2008, 3:39 pm

no new news on the project i plan on starting on it again tomaro morning! mabey lay some coats but there are a few tiny dings i might take care of first...
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Post by retired plumber on June 7th 2008, 3:48 pm

Get it the way you want it before paint because the shine of the paint will make the small dings stand out, especially when viewed from the side. Don't ask me how I know lol. Prep is 90% of the paint job. If it is not right even the best ($$$$$) paint job looks like crap.
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Post by wct203814 on June 9th 2008, 9:45 pm

yeah ive been thinking about some of them that are on the hood but ill be getting a cowl hood soon anywase.... so i dont know.. i kinda just wana get it painted and drive it now its nice out.. lmao but i still need a hatch i think i might just fill in the rust and crap on the junk hatch and throw it together... then that way when i get more money i can just repaint my new hatch+hood ill have enough paint left over to do it.
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Post by retired plumber on June 9th 2008, 11:43 pm

Well, that would work.Try to get a good coat of POR15 or something on the rust in your hatch (both sides if you can) and that will slow it's return way down. Then you can just bondo away. I know what it is like to want to drive something.
My earlier post was reffering to having the car competely done but what you want to do is very commonly done.
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Post by wct203814 on June 11th 2008, 8:44 pm

lol yeah im anxious to get it going but still no progress on the car yet ive been working from 6:30am to 6:00 pm and i watch my daughter at night Smile while my g/f is at work and i useualy work on the weekends.. mabey soon! Thanks
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Post by wct203814 on June 13th 2008, 12:00 am

ok so lastnight i did get a little krazy stayed up late and rolled on the first coat and this afternoon i rolled on the second coat!! im very happy with how it looks so far minimal runs and not to bad of orange peal!! tomaro ill wetsand it with 800g and lay the third and fourth coats!!! looking good thus far i think its around 65* out and its a 40/60 mix of 40%spirits 60%paint. im waiting for some little things but plan is to have it done by next week friday! mabey not but mabey so! heres some pics! and yes there is some little dents here and there i did not repair but its because i was sick of waiting to paint it to get it on the road!



















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Post by wct203814 on June 19th 2008, 12:31 am

been a while since an update but i havent been working on the car. well so far its only coat 3 and i got my new hatch and rear bumper cover ! tell me what you think oh yeah im using the rustoleum rattle can spray for the hard to get to areas that a roller wont go paint matches perfictly!







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Post by 85S10project on June 19th 2008, 3:28 am

looks good
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Post by retired plumber on June 19th 2008, 1:21 pm

Comming right along. Pretty soon you will be out burning up the highway for sure. drive Glad you got another hatch. I know from experience how hard it is to complete a project in pieces. Good job.
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Post by wct203814 on June 20th 2008, 7:49 pm

Well heres coat 4 im going to do 10 coats i think so far it looks really nice not to bad of peal and theres only 2 coats on the hatch/bumpercovers and side skirts so they show some body work still! but decent has alot of shine also did the hood hatch and door jams.










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Post by wct203814 on June 22nd 2008, 1:11 pm

here is coat five!











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Post by wct203814 on June 26th 2008, 11:26 pm

here are pics of coat 6 wetsanded some needs more attention but here it is as of tonight i havent had alot of time to sand or anything but paints rock hard.. its wetsanded with 800 the hatch,and bumpercovers are only on coat 4 im thinking of doing around 10-12 coats im still on the first can of paint! and ive got two to go so ill hold one for tuch ups! and for when i get my new hood and mabey new fenders..









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Post by wct203814 on June 28th 2008, 8:16 pm

here are pictures of coat 7/10 im going to have to do around 12 coats i sanded threw in a cupple areas im going to lay them heavy so i dont have to worry about it latter!








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Post by wct203814 on June 29th 2008, 5:26 pm

here is coat 8 and coat 6 on hatch,bumpercovers and skirting
tonight im going to roll the car out and wash it and sand with 1500 for coats 9-10






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Post by wct203814 on June 29th 2008, 9:26 pm

here is it siting in the sun!! looks decent wish i woulda spent more time wet sanding but hey for what it cost it looks nice i kinda rushed it out still needs 2 coats!
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Post by wct203814 on June 29th 2008, 9:28 pm

here is it siting in the sun!! looks decent wish i woulda spent more time wet sanding but hey for what it cost it looks nice i kinda rushed it out still needs 2 coats!





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Post by iceman_ca on June 29th 2008, 10:19 pm

looking good Laughing
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Post by wct203814 on June 29th 2008, 11:20 pm

thanks its coming along now just cant wait to get it out im shure after the next few coats and a little wetsanding it should shine im debating on what to use for a cuting compound 3m polishing or miguers fine cut? what works best? thanks
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Post by retired plumber on June 30th 2008, 11:53 am

Well......thats a good question. If you asked that on a pro paint board you would get many different answers to include swearing by and swearing at each one. I have used 3m and it was fine for me. Either one would work fine. Go with the cheaper one.
The grit you want to start with on the compound depends on how far you went with the color sanding. I won't recommend anything because they all are bringing new products out every other week it seems (read the label). One thing you DO need is a different pad for each grit. I have a wool pad for the first cut and foam ones for the finer stuff.
It all depends on how anal YOU want to get with YOUR finished job Laughing
Hope that answered your ? And I agree, its looking GOOD thumbs up
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Post by wct203814 on July 1st 2008, 12:41 am

hey thanks for the coments keeps a guy going! yeah im excited to get it finished hope to mabey drive it on the 4th! doubtfull but mabey un buffed! where do i get a whool pad at? and will a that small orbit buffer work? i bought the 3m rubbing compound and polishing paste in the little plastic cans for around 3 bux should i wet sand these last two coats with 2000 and hit it with the coarse grit stuff or just go at it with the polishing paste? and what do you guys think about a flat black strip where theres that spot in the body molding from the factory for one to break up the paint? any ideas are welcome! thanks for all the help from everyone!
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