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Post by loneagle on January 23rd 2011, 9:42 pm

I decided to start a thread for the body work and paint on my '80 Malibu. The car got a cheap paint job at Maaco about 10 years ago that is now faded and the body has some rust issues at the corners of the rear glass. Here's a the before pics and a few of the engine and stuff.







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Post by loneagle on January 23rd 2011, 10:02 pm

Here's a few pics of what I got accomplished in the past few months. I still hava a long way to go. The rusted area along wheel arch has been cut out and a new patch has been welded in. All the small dings and dents along the body line have been repaired. Still have the areas behind rear glass to repair. This is a tough area to work and I'll need to remove windows that are sealed in place with butyl tape. I've ordered new felt strips. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment!







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Post by rmdhokie on January 23rd 2011, 10:47 pm

great start! car looks to be in great shape.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on January 24th 2011, 3:11 am

Nice. Is that an original manual transmission car?
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Post by loneagle on January 24th 2011, 11:24 am

Thanks. guys! Very Happy

Tommy Hillbilly wrote:Nice. Is that an original manual transmission car?

Yes, it originally had a 229 V-6 with a 3 speed Saginaw.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on January 24th 2011, 1:14 pm

Are you going to keep the hook black?
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Post by Roadking41a on January 24th 2011, 11:33 pm

You are off to a great start.
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Post by loneagle on January 25th 2011, 1:13 am

63Falconconvert wrote:Are you going to keep the hook black?

Right now, I'm thinking about staying with the black hood. Kinda gives it a hotrod look. What do you guys think?

I tried rolling some acrylic enamel today and it didn't work. It just dries too fast and doesn't flow out. By time I got the bubbles rolled out, it was already tacky. bigtime orange peel. This was with a slow reducer and 50 degree weather.

Oh well, It never hurts to experment and try new stuff. Somtimes I get lucky....hehe
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Post by Noah Zarq on January 25th 2011, 3:14 pm

It's your car, but the whole black hood thing screams "Fast & Furious" to me. I would paint the whole car the same color with some SS stripes.
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Post by mapexgurl on January 26th 2011, 12:10 am

I think stripes would be sweet too!
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Post by loneagle on February 19th 2011, 10:11 pm

I kinda like the black hood, I have a black Harwood I run on my '70 Nova. The factory put flat black hoods on muscle cars long before "Fast & the Furious".

I agree the stripes would look the best though. I've been looking for a stencil kit but can only find em for the earlier Chevelles. I may have to lay the stripes out myself. Not a big deal, I just get kinda lazy sometimes.

Got some work done on the car. The trunk was prepped and painted and the door jambs and edges of the hood are done. I've been using a hardener in my paint. It rolls out just fine and doesn't seem to affect the drying time at all.





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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on February 20th 2011, 12:51 am

Good attention to detail.

As far as painting the hood black, if I was gonna do that, I would still do the edges (and underneath) of it in blue. Or at least get enough blue on there so that people know that you meant to do the black, and that the black isn't there because you got a new hood, (or added the cowl scoop) after the car was painted.
Because you just know that some punk is going to come up to talk to you about the car, and say something like "it's too bad you didn't get that hood before the car got painted..."

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Post by 63Falconconvert on February 21st 2011, 2:00 pm

Looks great, like the color. Did you use a foam brush to get into tight areas?
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Post by loneagle on February 21st 2011, 11:24 pm

Thank you! I think its gonna look real nice.

Yes, a foam brush and a 2" roller. I also tried a regular 1" paint brush and it worked real nice too. Natural hair is supposed to be the best for oil base paints. I looked all over but could only find synthetic brushes.
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Post by loneagle on April 5th 2012, 11:22 pm

OK, It's time to get started on the car again now that the weather is getting better. I got alot of the body work and rust repairs done last summer. All that needs to be done is some block/ DA sanding and other prep work before rolling on the paint. I just picked up a gallon of Ace rust stop in bright blue. I plan on using an alkyd enamel hardener to increase durabaility.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on April 6th 2012, 7:18 am

Welcome back. Looking forward to seeing the progress on your car thumbs up
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Post by Pierrel on April 6th 2012, 12:21 pm

Nice job!

Are you using the Van Sickle Tractor Paint? If you do, I'm very interested in how its acting. The color we want is only available through Van Sickle, but if its a big pain to roll, then we might reconsider.
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Post by cac1967 on April 6th 2012, 4:15 pm

Welcome back !!! can't wait to see your progress, keep us posted!!!!!!
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Post by loneagle on April 6th 2012, 10:47 pm

Thank you!.....I used the Van Sickle on the door jambs and under the trunk. It seemed to work very nice. I still have half a quart left over. Van Sickle also has a hardener available for use in their paint.
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Post by dean_af on April 7th 2012, 8:53 am

Car looks good. Blue with stripes would look good.
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Post by loneagle on April 8th 2012, 4:39 pm

Sanded the trunk lid with #320 on an electric DA. I found one high spot and used a pick hammer to tap it down a bit, then used some Evercoat polyester putty applied with a razor blade to fill area. Blew everything off with compressed air and cleaned surface with Prepsol and got ready for some color. Things went downhill from here. Found out you can't use hardener in the paint, it just tacks up way too fast and now I have alot of bubbles and peel to sand out, Oh well![img][/img]
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Post by loneagle on April 8th 2012, 5:19 pm

Here's a few pics of the rust repair job on the corners of the rear windows. I used POR 15 and fiberglass cloth to patch these areas.
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Post by cac1967 on April 8th 2012, 10:39 pm

Nice repair, that por 15 will be there forever!!!!!!! thumbs up
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Post by loneagle on April 8th 2012, 10:52 pm

Thank you!......I love the POR 15. I wish the paint would have turned out better today. Crying or Very sad
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Post by cac1967 on April 9th 2012, 9:29 pm

Yes ,but that's great thing about this type of paint job, it's easy to fix!!!! thumbs up
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