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How to eat an elephant?

Post by Anthonyz on December 4th 2010, 8:14 pm

One bite at a time.
My name is anthony and this is my winter project, I am practing on this beast in my 1 car garage to paint the vehicle that will be towed behind this guy( found a 63 chevy pickup step side I'm picking upmthis next weekend)
70 Chevrolet suburban. 3 door with the barn doors in the rear, 350 Long tubes with a couple of other toys. Picked itmup with a clean title out in bfe for 1200
Sanded the hood/pass fender and rolled my first coat this morning. Will be doing eight coats, sanding with 600 in between 2.
1quart smoke grey
1quart mineral spirits
1 pint gloss black(thanks to a nice vw bug build on this site!)

Here my before. Will update regularly. Thanks for the great site/ excellent resource.
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Re: How to eat an elephant?

Post by Roadking41a on December 4th 2010, 10:41 pm

Well a Elephant would take you 2-3 years to eat. But your Burb just a few weeks to to paint it. Welcome.
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Post by T.Hadley on December 4th 2010, 11:59 pm

Cool truck... I saw one like yours that a racer was using for a tow rig, he put 1 ton running gear under it, and even had duels in the rear, all lowered down. It was really well done.
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Post by Anthonyz on December 5th 2010, 1:01 am

Thank you, I typed the post on my iPad/ I apologize for the thread reading weird. I just put my second coat on, and I'm very excited to sand it down and try another coat tomorrow.

The top will be white, hoping to finish the front this week in order to buff it out the weekend after.

Will post pics of progress tomorrow.
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Post by kx59 on December 5th 2010, 7:34 pm

Man what a beast! the rear side windows look like they are six feet long.
1200 bucks? what a great buy!
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Post by Anthonyz on December 10th 2010, 1:34 pm

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Post by Anthonyz on December 10th 2010, 1:57 pm

This is the third coat. I really should have taken pictures of the mess I made Razz

Seriously this sucks trying to clean/work/mix/sand in a one car garage with NO ROOM. haha

Anyways, here is some food for thought for first timers. I have sprayed with a actually gun before, the results of course are on solid color and awsome. Spraying with a can with 99cent walmart paint for a rock crawler left a patchy uneven job. Rolling tractor paint un mixed gave better results but man....adding in the mineral spirits REALLY helped me out here thinning the paint out.

My first lesson was in mixing the paint.
1 qt grey, 1 qt mineral spirits, 1 pint black... mix it and put it in a new metal bucket from the paint store to kill mixing time/math to make sure you get the same shade color all around Wink

second, using crazy light coats REALLY helps avoid runs/ allows a quicker drying time.
Looking forward to adding another coat tonight and finishing up the coats this weekend. I am going with 6 coats and seeing how it turns out. Will post more pics with progress.
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Re: How to eat an elephant?

Post by 63Falconconvert on December 10th 2010, 9:00 pm

sweet looking truck. You don't see to many of those on the road. Sounds like things are progressing well.
If I could can I offer a safety tip (it's my years of doing safety checks at car shows) Your clear plastic fuel filter is very close to your valve cover and intake. If your engine compartment gets really warm your fuel line will start to relax causing the filter to rest on top of a really hot surface, the filter melts and you can imagine what happens next. I run the same filter that you use, I like to see whats coming out of my tank. What I do is place before the fuel pump with very short (2 inch) sections of flex, line then from the pump to the carb I run steel line. I have seen to many mishaps from rubber fuel, and leaking filters.
Hope my un-wanted suggestion helps.
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Post by Anthonyz on December 17th 2010, 1:08 am

Thanks for the suggestion/ I will check it out!

Last coat here
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Re: How to eat an elephant?

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on December 17th 2010, 3:57 pm

Hell yeah.

You didn't like the seafoam green?
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Post by Anthonyz on December 17th 2010, 4:02 pm

Im all about the green, the previous owner sprayed it black
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Post by 63Falconconvert on December 17th 2010, 5:14 pm

that late 50's GM Seafoam green is an awesome color. I had a 57 wagon in Seafoam
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