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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on April 9th 2012, 11:46 pm

loneagle wrote: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]

I wish I'd used hardener in mine. When I finally redo it, I intend to use hardener.

All you can really do is sand out all of the "flash rash," and try laying down some more paint - this time, knowing what you know now.


Maybe this is where Penatrol can really do its best work?
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on April 10th 2012, 12:13 am

Well, I removed most of the peel by wet sanding #400 on a foam block. This stuff sands real nice. I'll give it another try in a few days. This time, I'll reduce it more and add some Penetrol to the mix.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on April 11th 2012, 12:30 am

That's one good thing about this method - it gives you time to find what works best for you.

Keep at it, and that car will turn out exceptionally nice.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on April 15th 2012, 1:20 pm

I'm still not having much luck with all the bubbles and runs! Sad By the time I get them rolled out, the paint is begining to tack up. What a mess...I have lots of sanding to do! My mix this time was 60% paint/40% MS. The temp outside is 60 degrees. The next round will be 50% paint/25% penetrol/ 25% MS.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by trimagnum on April 16th 2012, 3:05 am

I found out on this last paint job that cheap foam rollers cause the paint to foam badly. After fighting the foaming a trip to Ace Hardware was made the high density rollers stopped all the foaming and runs. You wouldn't think it could make a difference but it does .
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Post by loneagle on April 16th 2012, 10:01 am

I think your correct. I have been using some cheap rollers from Harbor Freight. I just picked up some better quality rollers and will try again next weekend.
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Post by loneagle on April 24th 2012, 11:19 pm

Well, after trying 2 different brands of paint (Ace rust stop & Van Sickle) and not getting the proper results, I decided to try some Rustoleum in sail blue and the paint worked wonderful. All the bubbles popped and it flowed out very nice, almost like being sprayed on. I think once it dries the gloss will be nice too. The other paints had a matte finish. I learned that all synthetic enamels are not the same. From know on I'll be sticking with Rustoleum!
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by rick howe on May 1st 2012, 7:25 pm

Loneagle i used hardener only on my last 2 coats and you don't need much because the paint will turn into jello so use small amounts and your paint will really shine.
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Post by loneagle on May 2nd 2012, 7:57 pm

Thanks for the tip! I think when I had the problems, I added too much hardener.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on May 6th 2012, 9:04 pm

Well, I'm finally getting the hang of it. Just got done with coat 4 and my only complaint is hair and dust getting in the paint. I don't know why I worry as it will a be color sanded out. I find the early morning is the best time to paint.

This is after coat one.

My mixing ratio is 60% paint 30% MS & 20% penetrol

This is after coat 4.

Let dry for a few days and then wet sand flat with #600 grit.
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Post by superdave on May 6th 2012, 9:20 pm

loneagle wrote:
My mixing ratio is 60% paint 30% MS & 20% penetrol.

That's 110%, but looking good.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on May 6th 2012, 9:27 pm

Math wasn't my favorite subject.... Laughing
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by 77caprice on May 8th 2012, 2:10 am

Good to see you having some luck, i was gonna use hardener in mine but i figure it dries pretty hard when fully cured and i doubt ill ever get gas or oil spilt on the paint, seeing as i never did beforehand as long as im careful. O and man i love the look your engine bay.


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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by 77caprice on May 8th 2012, 2:17 am

superdave wrote:
loneagle wrote:
My mixing ratio is 60% paint 30% MS & 20% penetrol.

That's 110%, but looking good.
loneagle wrote:Math wasn't my favorite subject.... Laughing

Gives "Giving it a 110%" a whole new meaning...... Very Happy
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on May 8th 2012, 9:57 am

77caprice wrote:Good to see you having some luck, i was gonna use hardener in mine but i figure it dries pretty hard when fully cured and i doubt ill ever get gas or oil spilt on the paint, seeing as i never did beforehand as long as im careful. O and man i love the look your engine bay.
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Thank you for the compliment! I wish I would've used the boat paint like you did. I'm going to try the hardener in the last two coats as recommended. I think, I used a little too much last time around. Measuring will be easier when I start mixing larger amounts of paint.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by superdave on May 8th 2012, 2:09 pm

I tried hardener too and stopped after the trunk. I had the same results you did. I may have used too much, but it looked horrible. I got it sanded back down yesterday and will hopefully lay on a coat tonight.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on May 12th 2012, 10:17 pm

superdave wrote:I tried hardener too and stopped after the trunk. I had the same results you did. I may have used too much, but it looked horrible. I got it sanded back down yesterday and will hopefully lay on a coat tonight.

Dave, I'm going to give the hardener another try on the trunk lid. This time, I'll mix about half as much as before. Hopefully I'll have better luck!

Got the door and jambs on the drivers side almost done. Had the door off and rebuilt the hinges. The door lines up real nice now!

New grille and bezels installed.

Relocated gauges to the A pillar.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on June 2nd 2012, 12:43 am

I'm making slow progress on the Malibu. Both front fenders are painted and look pretty nice. I plan on going to the drag races on Sunday, so I may not get much done this weekend. Here's a few pics of my other project car that I completed about 15 years ago. The engine is a 355 with Edelbrock RPM heads and intake, 3310 Holley, 282 roller cam, and alot of other stuff.



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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by 77caprice on June 2nd 2012, 3:56 am

Woowee thats a nice looking nova thumbs up , you sure know how to treat your classics. Looking forward to seeing pics of the Malibu.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on June 2nd 2012, 10:34 am

Thank you...I'm OK with the mechanical area on cars, not so good with the body and paint part. i think it's due to not having enough patience.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by T.Hadley on June 3rd 2012, 7:18 pm

Both really nice cars, what drag strip are you going to, we make the trip from Washington to Woodburn drag strip a few time a year.

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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by cac1967 on June 3rd 2012, 9:15 pm

Nice nova, that is one of my favorite gm car's.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on June 4th 2012, 10:05 am

T.Hadley wrote:Both really nice cars, what drag strip are you going to, we make the trip from Washington to Woodburn drag strip a few time a year.

T.

Thank you!......Well. we didn't make it to the drag races. It was raining so I took the family out to lunch instead. We usually go to Woodburn but sometimes Coos bay and So.Oregon dragstrip.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on August 18th 2012, 4:45 pm

I haven't got much painting done on the Malibu in the last few months. I have been installing a small nitrous kit along with a stand alone fuel system. Here's a pic of what I've been up to.
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Re: 1980 Chevy Malibu blue

Post by loneagle on May 1st 2013, 6:16 pm

The weather is getting nice, so I'm back to working on the car again. Almost finished blocking the side and then I can start painting. I've found painting in the morning works best for me.





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