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Re: 68 Mustang Coupe

Post by rmdhokie on March 21st 2011, 9:45 pm

What can I say...progress is slow...life happens. Got the first phase of wetsanding done (not looking forward to the next) after two coats. 3rd coat is done. Still plenty of shadows but coverage is getting better. I'm trying to finish up the door and hood jams...all with foam brush...so I can focus on the exterior. Here's some pics:











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Post by T.Hadley on March 22nd 2011, 12:52 am

Looking real good
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 22nd 2011, 1:13 pm

Looks fantastic!!! The door jams look like you sprayed them.
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Post by rmdhokie on April 5th 2011, 6:47 pm

Coat #8 on trunk, coat #4 everywhere else. Two quarts of paint used so far. Finished the door jams etc, so I can now focus on the exterior. I also wetsanded again between #3 and #4...just a light rubbing with 800 grit to knock down any nibbs and dust in the paint. I wetsanded the whole car in 2 hours. I continue to be encouraged with Rusto Topside Marine paint...very glossy out the can and orange peel is minimal. It's warmed up quite a bit since I started and noticed that I need to move a little quicker to keep a wet edge. Thought about adjusting the mixture, but don't want to screw with a good thing. Here's a couple of pics.










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Post by 63Falconconvert on April 5th 2011, 11:19 pm

Looks great...the car will be to nice to drive... lol!
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Post by rmdhokie on April 14th 2011, 9:39 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:Looks great...the car will be to nice to drive... lol!

So ready to put the car back together and drive it. A few more weeks I guess until I'm done painting. coat #5 is drying now.
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Post by sightunseen on April 15th 2011, 3:32 pm

Great!! Are you still using the same paint ratio as when you started?
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Post by rmdhokie on April 15th 2011, 7:27 pm

sightunseen wrote:Great!! Are you still using the same paint ratio as when you started?

No change in mixture, all painted with 3 parts Rusto Topside, 1.5 parts penetrol, and 0.5 parts mineral spirits.
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Post by sightunseen on April 15th 2011, 10:57 pm

Isn't that a marine paint?
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Post by rmdhokie on April 15th 2011, 11:44 pm

sightunseen wrote:Isn't that a marine paint?

Yep, marine paint, Brightside being the most popular, is an alternative to Rusto because it has self-leveling properties and UV protection.

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Post by 63Falconconvert on April 16th 2011, 2:26 pm

Do you think TS has a harder finish then regular Rusto?
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Post by sightunseen on April 16th 2011, 9:15 pm

Ya. Well what made you do it with topside? Your car looks so good and I would like to know what would be the best for me I guess. Looks great!
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Post by rmdhokie on April 16th 2011, 10:50 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:Do you think TS has a harder finish then regular Rusto?

I think it does. The finish seems pretty hard after just a couple of days. I've read where regular Rusto seems soft for a while.

I do know that TS has a higher gloss out of the can.
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Post by rmdhokie on April 16th 2011, 11:16 pm

sightunseen wrote:Ya. Well what made you do it with topside? Your car looks so good and I would like to know what would be the best for me I guess. Looks great!

It was simply a compromise between regular Rusto and Brightside Polyurethane. I originally planned to use Brightside because of the high gloss and leveling properties already in the can. Plus, it's marine paint. It's made for a harsh envirnoment and gotta be tough paint, right? There are a lot of folks that have had excellent results with Brightside. The down side to Brightside IMO is that it's ~3x more expensive than Rusto. I decided to give Rusto TS a shot using a test panel and haven't looked back since. It's about $3 more a can than regular Rusto at my local Lowes, but still much less expensive than Brightside. I very happy with the TS so far...levels well, high gloss out of the can, no adhesion problems.
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Post by rmdhokie on April 18th 2011, 10:47 pm

More progress pics: Coat #5







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Post by retired plumber on April 18th 2011, 11:17 pm

Looking good. It seems to be leveling out pretty good. I see some orange peel but not much. I've seen that much on new cars in the dealers showroom Laughing
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Post by Vinnems on April 19th 2011, 12:59 pm

Looks incredible!
I was going to go the Brightside route, but was wondering, do you know if they can do color matching using Rustoleum Topside at Loews or other places that sell it? It would save me a lot of trouble from buying a bunch of quarts of Brightside and mixing my own colors, and definitely be more accurate.
Keep up the good work! Makes me want to pick up a muscle car when I finish my Beetle.


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Post by 63Falconconvert on April 19th 2011, 1:02 pm

Here is a link to the Top Side site:

http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=4
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Post by rmdhokie on April 19th 2011, 5:34 pm

Vinnems wrote:Looks incredible!
I was going to go the Brightside route, but was wondering, do you know if they can do color matching using Rustoleum Topside at Lowes or other places that sell it? It would save me a lot of trouble from buying a bunch of quarts of Brightside and mixing my own colors, and definitely be more accurate.
Keep up the good work! Makes me want to pick up a muscle car when I finish my Beetle.

Not my local Lowes and I doubt other stores will as well. You probably need to mix your own. What color you going for?
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Post by rmdhokie on April 19th 2011, 9:48 pm

Not roller-related but still part of the pony resto. I picked this up on craigslist cheap. It's an 8" open differential with 3.55 gear ratio which will replace my current 2.79 ratio. It's from a 1974 Mustang II. Should make the car alot more fun to drive. I'll take a wire wheel to the cover and clean it up plus thinking about adding a powertrax "no slip" to put traction to both wheels. Cool Also have a T5 from an 86 GT that will be going in too.

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Post by T.Hadley on April 19th 2011, 10:46 pm

Are you sure its an open diff, I thought the open diff had big windows in the carrier, not all closed in like the one you have. did you get the whole rear end or just the center?
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Post by retired plumber on April 19th 2011, 11:09 pm

If you do mix your own, make sure you have enough to do the car and a quart or better left over for touch ups later on. Mix it all at once because no matter how well you measure your mix you can never match it at home. Trust me on this!!!!
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Post by rmdhokie on April 19th 2011, 11:37 pm

T.Hadley wrote:Are you sure its an open diff, I thought the open diff had big windows in the carrier, not all closed in like the one you have. did you get the whole rear end or just the center?

I wish I was that lucky to get a trac loc for the price of an open diff. I'm pretty certain it's open. I just got the center section not the whole axle assy. From what I've read (never changed one before), an easy way to tell is by the ring bolts: an open diff has flat mounting surfaces where trac loc has the recessed (slightly countersunk) mounting surfaces for the bolts. It does have a small window (~1" diameter) where I can see the spider gears inside the ring hat. It was advertised as an open diff from a 74 Mustang II and the guy I bought it from seemed like an honest ford gearhead...I ended up looking at his Torino GT project for about an hour before I even looked at the center section I was there to buy. Nice guy with a lot of parts collected over the years. I did however ensure it was a 3.55 ratio by counting and dividing ring teeth (32) by pinion teeth (9). I also checked to confirm 3.55 open was available from the factory for a 1974 Mustang II...google Suspect told me 3.55 was very common. All things considered I felt good about the deal and pulled the trigger.
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Post by rmdhokie on April 19th 2011, 11:39 pm

retired plumber wrote:If you do mix your own, make sure you have enough to do the car and a quart or better left over for touch ups later on. Mix it all at once because no matter how well you measure your mix you can never match it at home. Trust me on this!!!!
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+1...great recommendation
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Post by Vinnems on April 20th 2011, 3:41 am

rmdhokie wrote:
Not my local Lowes and I doubt other stores will as well. You probably need to mix your own. What color you going for?

Trying to mix a certain dark blue color to paint my wheels. I'm a big fan of the 50s era painted wheels, and I already had my car painted (wish I found out about this rolling method earlier Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad ) in a very light blue color, so trying to get the wheels painted in a color close to what they used back in 59. I'd rather not buy a bunch of quarts to do this. I can see it's a blue with a bit of green in it and some gray. That's three quarts right there, for five wheels? Ugh.
I think I may have found an out via Benjamin Moore. This paint is similar to Brightside and Rustoleum Topside paint, and can be tinted to any color Benjamin Moore has.
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