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My 2000 Ford Focus

Post by Caleb on October 27th 2010, 9:33 pm

Hello all, I've finally started my project after lots of research.
Paint: Rustoleum Professional Royal Blue (trying to get close to Laguna Seca Blue)
Mix: Penetrol 1 part, 2 parts paint

2:1 mix seems to work really well for me. It's probably because of the Penetrol. That stuff is amazing!
I do have a question though, I have 2 black fenders and some black primer on the car...I think the paint will build up enough to cover it...but I am right? Or will it screw up the final coats?

Pics of first coat

Pics of second coat

Wet sanded with 600 after second coat. I have no pics of that.
no pics of coat 3 & 4
Wet sanded with 800

coat 5

coat 6

Two close ups after coat 6


Wetsanded with 1000 grit and some 800 grit to level out some runs


No pics of coat 7
Wetsanded with 1000 grit again. I did this because I think I'm gonna go for about 12 coats total and I will do the higher grit sanding after 8 & 9.

Coat 8...coat 8 was done with 9oz paint and 5oz Penetrol ONLY! I have confirmed, you can do just straight Penetrol.

Close up of coat 8 on one of the originally black fenders

I then wet sanded with 1000 grit again. Then applied coats 9 and 10 with the same 2 parts paint 1 part Penetrol I have been doing.


There is more orange peel this time. I think it has to do with the fact that its only been 8 hours since I put it on. We will see tommorrow.


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Post by Gobeavs on October 27th 2010, 10:18 pm

I am sure this dark of a blue will cover the black nicely. IMHO covering a really light color (white) with anything is the most difficult. You have good start going there!...did I read it right you are only thinning with Penatrol???....I still got a bit to learn as I tried thinner and Penatrol. But I do agree with you about the penatrol making a difference no matter how much we add!! Very Happy .....roll on caleb, roll on!!!
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Post by Caleb on October 27th 2010, 10:25 pm

I'll keep going, after coat 5 or so, if it doesn't look right I'll just sand and prime and do those spots again.
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Post by Squire Cobra Jet on October 28th 2010, 11:37 pm

It should even out fine with enough coats. Last Winter I painted the top half of my brother's 1974 Ranchero GT Gloss Royal Blue over a Dark metallic blue and it covered fine.
I am concerned that your mix might be a little thick and give you issues with orange peel.
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Post by Caleb on October 29th 2010, 7:00 am

I was thinking about thinning out the mix more, but after the 24 hour dry time, it had orange peel....but nothing like I thought it would. I think thats because of the Penetrol. I've wet sanded and will be doing two more coats this weekend.

The ranchero looks great!
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Post by Caleb on November 6th 2010, 5:02 pm

Updated with new pics!
A couple notes:

I'm still using a 2:1 paint to penetrol mix. Except, I put in a little splash of mineral spirits also. I can tell you, I think people here under-estimate Penetrol. That **** is amazing!!! Orange peel is not really all that bad with it.

I have to use a new foam brush for cutting in ever time I paint

I only get 2 paint cycles out of one foam roller.

Since I have to drive this car during the week, it is taking me longer than I would like to complete.
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Post by Bradley on November 6th 2010, 6:56 pm

I did one of my mustangs in that color...it was bright! I woulda added some black to it if I knew better, but i just "rolled" with it. hahahah
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Post by Caleb on November 7th 2010, 12:32 am

I like the color because its really close to Laguna Seca Blue.
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Post by Caleb on November 7th 2010, 11:05 am

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Post by Caleb on November 9th 2010, 7:59 pm

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Post by Caleb on November 13th 2010, 7:45 pm

Update!
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Post by Caleb on November 28th 2010, 7:30 pm

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