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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 14th 2010, 5:57 pm

Have been doing a lot of reading up on this, and decided to take the plunge. Maaco wanted two grand to do the body work and change the paint color. I think not, so 50 dollar paint job it is....







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Post by T.Hadley on May 14th 2010, 6:17 pm

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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 14th 2010, 6:20 pm

I'm not use if I got the mixture right. I did it thin , but got a massive amount of bubbles. They seem to be going away. I figure for the first coat its not bad. I'll and the second coat tomorrow morning, I'll wet sand it later that afternoon, and do the third coat. I've done quite a bit of reading and seems like I'm doing it right so far. I'll post pictures everyday so everyone can see my progress and give me some pointers if they see me doing something crazy
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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 15th 2010, 10:17 am

Ok day 2. Did some more wet sanding on the car. Got the second coat layed down on the hood and trunk lid. I also got the front bumper wet sanded and the first coat layed on it. This afternoon ill wet sand the hood and trunk and add the third coat. I'll also get the rest of the car sanded and get the dings with some bondo and sand em smooth. So far so good. For anybody that has been on the fence about trying this. Do it. It's a lot of fun, and a lot of work. You'll save a bunch of money and if you take your time, I've seen lots of these paint jobs come out great. I Finally had just decided to do it and am very happy I have finally got underway. I can't wait to see the finished product. I figure it will take me another 4-5 days to get the final coat on. Here are some pictures of the car this morning.









This bumper is a complete pain to get smooth coats on. Acually all the body lines make this a little more difficult than I was hoping for. Oh well, to late now, all I can do is keep trucking along.


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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 15th 2010, 1:56 pm

Making progress, it's really hot out, so I'm sweating my *** off.



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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 15th 2010, 4:24 pm

This is not quite as fun as when I started. LOTS OF WORK!! I got some bondo work done of the fender, and put a coat on the spoiler. I need to head up to Lowe's to pick up another couple of quarts of paint, sandpaper, and some 2" brushes. I think I'm done for the day, this will really take it out of you.



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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 15th 2010, 7:30 pm



Ok, so I did a little more, now I'm am beat. I'll be glad if I never have to see another piece of sand paper again in my life. This is how she sits now, I may do some more tomorrow if I am not too tired.
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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 16th 2010, 12:12 pm

It's just a little bit hot out today. I still need to get the adhesive off the sides where I removed the side molding and dodge logos.
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Post by T.Hadley on May 16th 2010, 12:37 pm

Hang in there man, just remember you are trading your labor for cash.

I have about 250.00 in our paint job, but it would have cost at least 6000 to 8000 to have a body shop do the same work I've done.

I'll take the long days with the sandpaper every time.
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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 16th 2010, 4:28 pm

AGH!!! Too late to stop now. Yeah the labor is borderline, but still worth saving the 2 g's. I got everything sanded, and layed paint on the whole car. The parts that are going to be exposed to the most sun and rocks got a couple extra coats. My fingers have blisters! The bondo work I did isn't top notch (completely smooth) but for my first try and learning how to use it I'm happy this time around. It's supposed to rain here sometime in the next couple days, so I'll let it bake in the sun and wait for the rain to pass before adding more coats. Here she is so far.....



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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 17th 2010, 4:40 pm

Looks great 10 feet away, not so much up close. I'm going to wet sand the whole thing with 600 grit in preperation for coats 4-5, then again with 1000, 2 more coats and then 2000. Nearing the finish line, and I'll be glad when I am done. Really not something you can do in a day, or two. Still happy I decided to do it, looks much better than the red.



Here is a side by side of the red and white.


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Post by retired plumber on May 17th 2010, 7:19 pm

Looking good. One good thing about painting like this is you can go back ans perfect your body work later at your own speed and repaint as you go.
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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 18th 2010, 10:13 am

Here are a couple interior shots, painted the roof and pillars black, and re-carpeted the speaker deck.





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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 18th 2010, 2:13 pm

Well this is pretty difficult. I've got some orange peel, so looks like it's back to sanding. I'm not as excited about this as when I first started. It is a huge amount of work. Getting the mixture right is still giving me trouble, I think I made it too thin this time. I haven't quite hit my groove with the roller yet, but I guess I'm getting practice
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Post by Sneke_Eyez on May 18th 2010, 6:42 pm

Looking good, I like Neon R/Ts a lot, I wouldn't mind having one myself...
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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 20th 2010, 10:38 am

My r/t works great as a daily driver. I bougt an 05 srt4, it was a beast, but the turbo lag drove me nuts, so it went back to the lot. I'm looking at an 03 cobra, it's so much more fun to drive and is soooo much faster than the srt
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Post by mapexgurl on May 20th 2010, 3:21 pm

It's looking really good. Orange peel... I was parked next to a newer mustang that had a lot of orange peel from the factory. I've seen a lot of other makes that are that way too. The work will pay off and more than likely look better than factory. Be happy it's a smaller car too! I'm going to have some muscles by the time I'm done with the Charger... lol.
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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 28th 2010, 2:50 pm

Well gave up on the paint job. Looks alright, could use some more wet sanding and another coat or two. Since Ive decided to sell it I sont really care to put a ton of work into her
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Post by PotatogunWarrior on May 29th 2010, 2:13 pm

I did learn that a 50/50 mix on the paint did not work at all for me. Paint just ran everywhere. Went a little thicker and made a world of difference. Not sure if I would paint another car like this, just depends on the car I guess.
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Re: 2001 Dodge Neon R/T rolling underway

Post by retired plumber on May 29th 2010, 10:45 pm

Well, at least you gave it a shot and had fun trying. Most people wouldn't have even tried. I give you thumbs up for the effort.
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