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Post by snafu on December 1st 2010, 7:01 pm

Here's some more pictures of my Cougar project from a couple of years ago.

Before. I'm the second owner and the car still had the original paint along with 40 years worth on dings and dents.


First step was to remove the vinyl.


It wasn't too bad underneath.




Nice paint underneath the vinyl. I wanted to save the paint for a basecoat, but I had trouble removing the glue and alot of the paint had to come off.

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Post by snafu on December 1st 2010, 7:10 pm

This is the worst rust area behind the drivers' rear wheel.



I made a patch using steel from my old hood and used panel adhesive to bond it.



Some filler on top.



This is the filler I used. Its not the cheapest, but it sanded nice.



I thougth my replacement hood was straight until I started sanding it with a block. Some shallow dents just needed a little filler.



Here's the long sanding block I used to find low spots.

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Post by rustycarr on December 1st 2010, 7:17 pm

nice work, i wish i could do body work, love the cougar.
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Post by snafu on December 1st 2010, 7:21 pm

This fender needed a lot of work. I wanted to replace it but I couldn't find one locally. It came out better than expected in the end, but a professional would probably tell me I used too much filler. With my body work, I made a habit of letting it sit overnight after I thought I was done. When I examined it the next day, i usually found it needed more work.



Valance panels and doors needed dents worked out and filled and the sail panels were very wavy for some reason. It looks like a lot of filler in these pictures, but its very thin everywhere.





Rustoleum primer was rolled on everywhere there was filler or bare metal. I think I thinned it some, but not much. It sands out very easily. After the Rustoleum, I rolled the whole car with Interlux Pre-Kote





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Post by snafu on December 1st 2010, 7:27 pm

rustycarr wrote:nice work, i wish i could do body work, love the cougar.

Thanks. This was an opportunity for me to learn. I was fortunate that the car didn't need any major straightening or welding - just a lot of minor stuff. I just started to hammer dings out slowly, trying not to make things worse and when I got the metal as good as I could, went on the the filler. The long sanding block really helps get things straight.

The bodywork really set me back. It took forever and I hated all the sanding. I originally planned a weekend for the body work, but I think it ended up being about six to eight weeks of on and off work.
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Post by snafu on December 1st 2010, 7:34 pm

Some paint pictures.



This fender fell off its shady perch once requiring me to go back with a little filler and about three coats of paint.









This is the bucket I used. It works much better than a tray because you can just hold it in one hand as you work and not worry about spilling.





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Post by snafu on December 1st 2010, 7:36 pm

The final sanding







I burned throught the paint here.



I gave the engine compartment a rattlecan job while I had the fenders off.

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Post by snafu on December 1st 2010, 7:45 pm

Finished. After the color sand, I polished with a Porter Cable and Poorboys polish. The Brightside paint has a really nice gloss. I was surprised how nice it looked even before polishing.











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Post by Roadking41a on December 1st 2010, 9:03 pm

Beautiful Just Beautiful. Amazing what going the distance can do to bring out a Great looking car.
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Post by T.Hadley on December 1st 2010, 9:19 pm

That came out very nice, I bet people can't believe you did it with a roller.

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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on December 1st 2010, 11:04 pm

Very nice. I used to like to tell people that I built mine out of bondo. I had everything off of mine when I sent it off to be painted, like in your pictures.

I had both of my headlight covers working both ways, but my sequential turn signals sequenced off, rather than turning on in sequence. It's like the little motor was spinning backwards.
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Post by DaveB on December 1st 2010, 11:21 pm

My truck was white and looked terrible so I think mentally I felt I had to change the color to get anywhere, and I'm happy with black so far.. but if I thought the white would turn out as well as your cougar I might have stuck with it. Looks real good!
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Post by mick on December 2nd 2010, 1:15 am

That is just beautiful, so clean.
I am amazed there wasn't any rust under the vinyl top, I have a vinyl top on my 66 mustang which I am still working up the courage to rip off.
How did you do the patch panel, is there a backing panel behind it and what is that glue?
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Post by snafu on December 2nd 2010, 11:38 am

Thanks for the kind words all. Its not perfect, but it turned out better than I expected and I've enjoyed the car a lot since its been done.

I wasn't sure about white either but I like it better than the pale yellow color it was originally. My interior is that wierd green-gold color that half the Fords from the era came with and I didn't want to change it so that limited my choices. I'm thinking about off-white next time.



I did have some rust in the rear window channel from the vinyl top and a rotted out window gasket. Fortunately it was mostly just some deep pits and the metal is pretty thick there.

The glue is panel adhesive. Its not cheap but its supposed to hold as good as a weld. Also, its only for non-structural repairs. What I did was cut out a square hole around the rust and shaped a sheetmetal patch that I glued in from behind. I then used filler to bring it up to level. A better way would be to glue in some flanges so your patch could be flush with the surrounding metal.

I also filled the trim holes from the vinyl top by gluing in patches from behind. I dented the area slightly on top so the filler would have a place to sit.

I plan on painthing this again in a few years to fix some things and maybe change the color. I've found a few dents I missed and I have some rust in the doors that I didn't repair properly because I was running out of time. Also one of the fender extensions has some sort of paint reaction because it had rattlecan paint underneath (I think). Also I have some sanding scratches. I probably should be happy with it, but I know I can do better with what I've learned so I want to give it another shot.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on December 2nd 2010, 1:33 pm

I'm really wanting to paint mine black, but I've also strongly considered white - so I can be like my hero, Vanilla Ice... agree
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Post by nhmercracer on December 2nd 2010, 8:57 pm

Looks great!
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Post by tbirdsps on December 3rd 2010, 1:25 pm

Awsome. I had a white 1970 Houndstooth years ago.
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Post by LARRYBOMB on December 9th 2010, 5:54 pm

Looks great. Nice interior as well.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on December 10th 2010, 9:21 pm

WOW... great car...great job!
OK question time;
Did you add any hardener to your paint. Your door jams look fantastic, did you remove the doors, and are they rattle can or rolled/brushed on?
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Post by snafu on December 11th 2010, 11:42 am

Thanks for the comments everyone.

63Falconconvert wrote:WOW... great car...great job!
OK question time;
Did you add any hardener to your paint. Your door jams look fantastic, did you remove the doors, and are the rattle can or rolled/brushed on?

I didn't use hardener, just the Brightside paint and their thinner. This paint is very hard when it dries. I did try penetrol with one coat and I didn't like the results. I don't recall exactly why now, but the Brightside doesn't seem to need it.

I didn't remove the doors. I rebuilt a hinge a few years back and spent a couple of hours trying to align the door afterwards and I didn't want to go through that again! With the fenders off, I could paint all the way around with a bush. I painted the door jambs at the same time I was painting the rest of the car. Next time, I think I'd do the door jambs in advance so I could just focus on the exterior.

Here's an example of the gloss this paint has. I left the underside of the trunk lid until last and was in a hurry to finish it. This is five or six thicker coats with no sanding or polish after. There's some trash in the paint, so it could use a colorsand and polish, but the gloss is nice as is. This is not wet paint. These pictures were taken a couple of months after I finished painting.






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Post by 63Falconconvert on December 11th 2010, 11:48 am

what was your mixing ratio?
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Post by mick on December 11th 2010, 1:44 pm

Did you strip the inside of the trunk lid?
I take it you did it mostly with a foam brush, it looks great
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Post by snafu on December 11th 2010, 5:52 pm

Yes the inside of the trunk lid was done with just the small foam brush. The door jambs were done with the foam brush and a small bristle brush for some of the tight places.

The trunk lid, like the rest of the car, just had the original paint so I didn't strip it all the way down. I did sand everything. There was some surface rust on the the back lip so I took a wire wheel to that and followed up with a rust converter and Rustoleum primer.

I'm not sure about my ratio. For the exterior, I just kept adding thinner until I had the 2% milk consistency. On warm days I had to remember to keep adding thinner or it would get too thick as I was painting. On the inside of the trunk I left the paint somewhat thicker and didn't sand between coats unless I had a run or insect in the paint.

Others have reported good results putting this paint on thick with fewer coats, but I found thin worked best for me.
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Post by HD_Jeep on December 14th 2010, 8:05 am

Just dropping in to say it looks really nice great job.
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Post by rmdhokie on December 20th 2010, 8:16 pm

Hope my Stang turns out as nice. Great job!
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