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Post by superdave on December 13th 2011, 3:21 pm

New here. I've been thinking about taking this approach to a paint job for a while after reading a lot of stuff on-line. Here's my project...



I'm just trying to make a decent, occasional driver out of it. It will never be a daily driver and definitely not a show car. It will spend most of it's life resting comfortably in the garage. It's small and convertible which makes for much less surface area to have to sand and sand and sand. Spits will never be high dollar cars, and this car painted really nicely would be worth barely little more than the paint job would cost. I have all winter to work on it in the garage, so time isn't an issue. The body is very straight and no rust. I really can't see any reason not to go this route.

I was originally going to paint the car Blitz Black, but I don't really see how the roller paint job would work well with a satin finish. I'm thinking of Rustoleum Hunter Green, which is almost a British Racing Green or one of the Valspar Tractor Paints in red. They have one that has a little more of an orange tint than the Rustoleum. I'll probably do a little spray can work in the door jams and such, but I'm really curious to see if a decent quality paint job can be done by an idiot with a roller. I don't have a compressor large enough to spray and I can't do that anyway in my attached garage without a divorce being involved.

I'll take pics and share as I go.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by 63Falconconvert on December 14th 2011, 9:13 am

Welcome....Great looking ride....My vote is red
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on December 14th 2011, 9:42 am

63Falconconvert wrote:Welcome....Great looking ride....My vote is red

Thanks. Red will probably be the winner. The car was originally red and the previous owner's rattle can primer job didn't touch the door jams and trunk. Those will be much easier to rattle can a matching red and then roll the surface. I also think the red will be more forgiving than the darker, hunter green.
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ha ha!

Post by csf64ss on December 14th 2011, 11:13 am

i just started roll'n my 64 ss impala.......white..original color....makes sense no color change....so far ive done the huge hood 2coats.....lotsa peel but wtf?......wet sand'n is therapy for any idiot or half wit with a roller.......i think besides cost the true alure for this is the desire to make it work!.......and when that first person makes a positive comment on the paint.........BOOOOOOOM!!!!!.........like a good orgasm........ha ha ..........from the twisted mind of another cheapskate.........good luck...........
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on December 14th 2011, 7:35 pm

Hmmm. My vote is for green. Especially if you can do a little mixing, and get true British Racing Green (or close enough to it).
Red is good for a spitfire, but if it was a TR6, I would insist on the BRG.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on December 14th 2011, 7:57 pm

Thanks for the input guys. I thought I'd share a little more info. A previous owner decided to cut some holes in the bonnet for some reason (my guess is for cooling), but other than that, it's perfect.

I had these aluminum louvered panels punched to rivet onto the bonnet to fix that.

Mechanically, it's in great condition. The motor is top notch.


The curiosity has been killing me about doing the Rustoleum paint job. I bought the Spit and an MGB from a fellow that was getting out of the British cars to build a street rod. The MGB was about 90% completed. It had been restored by another friend about 10 years ago. This guy bought it and had a Chevy v6 put in it, but never got it sorted out and kind of lost interest. I picked up the pieces and got all the kinks worked out.



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Post by cac1967 on December 14th 2011, 9:03 pm

I love the v6, me and my father have thought about a 302 ford in a mg, poor man's cobra, and on the color I agree with tommy go green, like a hunter green , red on british car's is all to common, just my 2 cents .
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on December 15th 2011, 11:11 pm

Green is pretty common on them too...

That MG looks awesome with that light yellow paint and the wire wheels!
That looks like Meadowlark Yellow, a Ford color. My mom had it on her '68 Mustang convertible.

The Triumph looks especially good under the bonnet, as well.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on December 16th 2011, 9:45 pm

I'm really thinking about the Valspar, Massey Ferguson Red . I'm still thinking about the Hunter Green, but my gut tells me that the red will be more forgiving and the trunk and door jams are red now, making coverage easier. I may get a chance to do a little tomorrow, but we will see. I work for the Post Office and it's a little busy this time of the year. In reality, it will probably be after Christmas before I really get a chance to dive in.

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I did get a little time today. Yanked the windshield and the driver's door off.
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Post by superdave on January 12th 2012, 3:43 pm

I haven't been able to do a whole lot. Time has been short and what time I have had has been used up with things like replacing my water heater and cleaning the garage. I have been able to get the car completely blown apart and start with some of the sanding.



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Post by 63Falconconvert on January 13th 2012, 4:31 pm

Nice work. Love the V6 MGB that looks like it's a blast to drive.
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Post by Cabriopaul on January 13th 2012, 4:56 pm

The MGB only had a straight 4, 6 or a V8!
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Post by superdave on January 13th 2012, 5:21 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:Nice work. Love the V6 MGB that looks like it's a blast to drive.

It's a hoot. It's a very good motor for that car.
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Post by superdave on January 19th 2012, 8:51 pm

Getting close to applying a little paint.



My original idea was to paint the car with the Valspar version of John Deere Blitz Black. When I decided to go with the roller paint job, I switched to the MF red in the Tractor Supply Valspar since sanding and polishing satin black isn't going to work.

Has anybody had any luck with rolling the satin black?
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by Bob69Dodge on January 19th 2012, 8:57 pm

Poppashango did his van in semigloss looks a lot like satin to me, check it out
Or try google satin black roll on paint job
http://rolledon.forummotion.com/t649-1991-astro-van-rat-rod-project
Btw looks like a fun car to do


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go with red

Post by rick howe on January 19th 2012, 9:00 pm

love these cars my is a 71 and i did the roll-on with the rusto red still can't get pictures to load one day ; good luck rick.
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Post by superdave on January 19th 2012, 9:08 pm

Bob69Dodge wrote:Leeready did his van in semigloss looks a lot like satin to me, check it out
Or try google satin black roll on paint job
http://rolledon.forummotion.com/t649-1991-astro-van-rat-rod-project
Btw looks like a fun car to do

Thanks for the heads up on the van. Seems like I looked at that a long time ago and forgot about it.

I think the Spitfire makes a great car to try this on. It's plenty small, so much less sanding.
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Post by Tommy Hillbilly on January 20th 2012, 12:11 am

Nice Minilites too!
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Post by superdave on January 21st 2012, 6:31 pm

I mounted the louvered panels in the hood today to cover up the holes left by the previous owner's experiment.



It took quite a while to get everything centered up and measured for drilling the holes for all the rivets, but it turned out okay I think.

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Post by 63Falconconvert on January 22nd 2012, 8:11 am

I like it! Are you going to glass it over leave the rivets expososed.
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Post by superdave on January 22nd 2012, 9:43 am

63Falconconvert wrote:I like it! Are you going to glass it over leave the rivets expososed.

Nothing wrong with rivets. I think I'll leave them. I do wish that I had radiused the corners instead of leaving them square.

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Post by 63Falconconvert on January 22nd 2012, 9:48 am

The rivet look will look slick with the satin black. thumbs up Thats going to be a sweet ride when you're done.
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Post by superdave on January 22nd 2012, 5:19 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:The rivet look will look slick with the satin black. thumbs up Thats going to be a sweet ride when you're done.

Thanks. I think it's starting to look sweet with just a little black spray bomb primer.





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Post by superdave on January 27th 2012, 7:30 pm

Got the bonnet primed

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Post by Bob69Dodge on January 28th 2012, 4:30 am

I think the louvers cover the holes nicely. Looking good !!
Have you decided on a finish color?
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