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New Guy here...Datsun 240Z about to take the plunge

Post by Volksman247 on September 13th 2009, 7:14 am



Just found this site... I'm READY!!! LETS GO! Smile

Anybody know what the brightest red from rustoleum is??

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Re: New Guy here...Datsun 240Z about to take the plunge

Post by RoboGeek on September 13th 2009, 10:46 am

the safety red is very bright.. thats what I did mine in. I thought it looked to be the brightest red. Its the industrial paint and not the regular.

I always liked those datsuns
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Post by 63Falconconvert on September 15th 2009, 11:28 am

Welcome, it's been really quite lately. Great looking car.
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Post by RoboGeek on September 15th 2009, 4:31 pm

lol.. it got quite busy here for a while....
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Post by Mercurymarc on September 17th 2009, 1:19 am

Mike-
Great lookin' Z! Keep those pics coming when you get started.
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Post by Volksman247 on September 21st 2009, 11:33 pm

Whats up fellas. Alright.. i started the prep work on the car and i have removed all of the decals and have sanded the down with 100 grit by hand. I am going to go over the entire car with 400 to smooth out the paint as much as possible before i start painting. There is some minor body work that i have to do (door dings and a couple of depressions... nothing major) In addition to that.. my door hinge is sagging a bit.. but doesn't seem to be a threat to impede my progress... I figured it can be resolved post painting. I went to HD and got a hold of some gloss white (later i've read that there's another marine paint that has a better quality) but i'll go with what i have. Pics are coming once i get the first coat on.. I know they wont be pretty . ha. but its a good effect to show the transition to how good i think this car is actually going to look with the white because from what i've gathered hides imperfections in the body work pretty well. Any pointers on getting a good quality white? cheers. Mike. (PLZ excuse the night photos)





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Great Lookin' Z!

Post by Mercurymarc on September 22nd 2009, 12:43 am

Woo Hoo!
Glad you got it started.
Don't worry- the Rustoleum White works fine.
My tips to get a good white finish:
1. You might want to cover first with a few coats of rustoleum white bare metal primer since you have a darker surface to start with (brown like my blue). Not too thick- I diluted with about 30% mineral spirits and I think it was still too thick. I found the best consistancy is that of nonfat milk.
2. Thinner is better. Do not worry about runs- it can be picked up with a pass with a drier roller when still wet. Too thick is a total pain. Remember it is much easier to roll another thin coat then it is to sand out a thick coat.
3. Did I mention that thinner is better?
4. Use spray cans for tight spots.








You can check out my website where I have lots of pics with the white paint this link:
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Post by retired plumber on September 24th 2009, 1:15 pm

Yes, you need a white or very light underbase (primer) to make the white really look white and pop.
I would suggest you address the door hinge before you paint if you can because of the risk of scratches or damage to the new paint during the change.
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Post by Volksman247 on September 24th 2009, 10:07 pm

@ mike.. yeah i think you have a valid point on the door hinge. I'm going to go ahead and take it over to get the hinge done. found one online for 95 bucks. local body guy says about 2 hours time. so.. into the piggy bank i go.........more updates as it goes.
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Post by Volksman247 on September 24th 2009, 10:08 pm

AMAZING COMET BY THE WAY MARK. Thanks for the pointers everyone.
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Post by retired plumber on September 25th 2009, 12:56 pm

Volksman247, Did you try a wrecking yard for the hinge? $95 seems like a lot of money to me. Our pull-your-own would be $5-$10 here and they can cross reference it to see what other models would fit also.You know, kinda like one size fits all type thing.
I'm not up to speed on your car but I would think if you are mechanical enough to paint your own car you could probably change your own hinge and the money you save would probably pay for your paint. Just a thought. Good luck however you go.
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Post by RoboGeek on September 25th 2009, 5:31 pm

some cars you can just replace the bushing too

On most you have to remove the front fender for access.. then you have to align the body parts back up for even gaps. 2hrs at a shop is about right
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Re: New Guy here...Datsun 240Z about to take the plunge

Post by retired plumber on September 25th 2009, 6:21 pm

I replaced the hinge on my 1991 ford truck and just removed about 4 bolts. Just enough to pull the fender out enough to get at the one bolt covered by it. Aligning the fender was not a problem.
I don't know how the Z's fender/hinge work out. I was just giving a suggestion and trying to save the man a bit of money. You are right tho, some are easy and others are definately not and paying to have it done is best. His call. Smile
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Post by RoboGeek on September 26th 2009, 11:02 am

if you have enough swivels, you can get to anything!! lol
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Post by retired plumber on September 26th 2009, 1:30 pm

Laughing true
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