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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by 63Falconconvert on March 6th 2012, 9:22 am

That was my original choice for paint. I liked the fact that everything matched, paint, hardener, spray cans etc. Thats good to know that you're happy with it. I'm really happy with my Rusto Marine paint, the only issue is that no one around here stocks it, I have to order it through my local True Value. I made my decision based on the results of Snafu's Cougar and rmdhokie's Stang. No one here had tried Valspar yet. Seeing your results I probably would of went with Valspar.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 6th 2012, 9:30 am

I "assumed" that farm implement paint would have to be a pretty tough finish and should hold up okay in the sun and weather. They have a "restoration quality" paint that is a little more expensive, but it says "spray only". I guess it doesn't have the self leveling qualities that the other has.

My coverage is excelent after 8 coats. I'm going for another round of sanding and then to apply (hopefully) the final coats to achieve the finish. There is some learning curve in the process. I have found that my semi-vertical surfaces lay out smoother. I guess gravity is helping to pull the paint flow. That was really a surprise. I would have thought the horizontal areas would lay out smooth and the vertical ones would tend to sag with the paint as thin as it has to be. I put the hood up for the last coat I rolled and will do the same for the final two.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by 63Falconconvert on March 6th 2012, 9:41 am

Looking forward to seeing how it buffs out. thumbs up
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 6th 2012, 11:09 am

63Falconconvert wrote:Looking forward to seeing how it buffs out. thumbs up

There's the $64,000 question.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 7th 2012, 10:34 pm

Coats 7 and 8 have been sanded with 800 and the car is sitting in the garage ready for the final coats.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 9th 2012, 8:21 pm

Rolling what I hope is my final coat tonight. I'm really taking my time by taking a lot of breaks when I get to a good stopping point. I am about halfway through with this coat.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 10th 2012, 1:44 pm

Finished (hopefully) with my painting. I have a decent amount of orange peel, but i tried to go a bit thicker with this coat so I'd have enough material to sand and buff without going through the layer. I don't know if that was smart or dumb. I cut back on the thinner a bit. I went with 12 oz paint, 4 oz Penetrol, and 4 oz MS. I loaded my roller more often. No runs, so I think I'm good. I guess the hard part now is letting it sit while it cures.


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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on March 10th 2012, 3:39 pm

That looks really good. I like the way that the blue sky reflects off of the hood.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by rick howe on March 10th 2012, 4:00 pm

Dave i let mine sit for 3 weeks before that finally sanding and buffing but it gave me time to do other things and i've seen brand new porsches with orange peel ; to this day i still have some orange peel but so what i'm more interested in changing out my cam right now and after all we own triumphs and they are always a work in progress. paint looks real nice rick. Smile
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 10th 2012, 5:42 pm

Thank's guys. I knew I'd have orange peel, but I have a manageable amount. If I was going for a show car finish, I'd have dropped the car at the paint shop along with about $2500. I won't have that much in the whole car when finished.

Plus, I did it in my garage with a roller. Being able to say that is something.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by 63Falconconvert on March 11th 2012, 10:14 pm

thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up Looks awesome. There is a good feeling knowing that you did it yourself. Most people won't get the "roller thing" but who cares. With the $ you saved you can get another car.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 22nd 2012, 8:07 pm

I've been looking at this site at buffers
http://www.autodetailingsolutions.net/meguiars-g110-v2-da-polishers.html

I'm a bit confused as to which selection to make. As far as the pads and compounds, it has to be cheaper to buy one of the combos that comes with that stuff. Which one is suggested and why?
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by rick howe on March 22nd 2012, 9:38 pm

alien Dave i'll tell ya i bought the Meguiars D.A. kit and all their waxes and compounds but check all the sites because i only paid 149.00 for the buffer kit and it came with 2 pads ; the prices have gone up but the site you show seems good. Also check out AMAZON.COM they have Meguiars polishers.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 23rd 2012, 6:49 am

rick howe wrote: alien Dave i'll tell ya i bought the Meguiars D.A. kit and all their waxes and compounds but check all the sites because i only paid 149.00 for the buffer kit and it came with 2 pads ; the prices have gone up but the site you show seems good. Also check out AMAZON.COM they have Meguiars polishers.

Thanks Rick, I'll check around. I borrowed a cheap buffer from a friend, and that wasn't the answer.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by rmdhokie on March 23rd 2012, 7:22 pm

Car looks great. Looking forward to seeing it cut and buffed.

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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 25th 2012, 7:26 pm

Ordered my Meguiars polisher, heads, and compounds from Amazon.com today. It's odd that I have now spent over twice on the buffer and stuff than I did on the rest of the paint job.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by rick howe on March 26th 2012, 6:22 am

Yes but it's so worth it.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 26th 2012, 7:55 pm

rmdhokie wrote: Looking forward to seeing it cut and buffed.


So am I.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on March 30th 2012, 6:43 am

My Meguiars DA buffer, heads, and compounds arrived yesterday. I probably won't get to work on it until next week, but at least I have the tools now.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by 63Falconconvert on March 30th 2012, 7:16 am

Getting new tools is like an early Christmas gift thumbs up
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on April 11th 2012, 10:06 am

The Meguiars DA buffer works great. I've color sanded and buffed the car. I still have a little buffing to do. It is a little "cloudy" looking, but I could still have some residue on the car from buffing. It doesn't wipe right off but I'm working on it. It is very glossy at an angle and the orange peel is minimal. I'll take some pics when I get through with the buffing.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by leeready on April 13th 2012, 9:21 pm

What are you using to wipe the compound off the car with? I'd highly recommend a good micofiber cloth. Don't even bother with a terry cloth.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on April 14th 2012, 10:00 am

I am using micro fiber cloths. I have done some more buffing and it is spotty and cloudy. Where it has gotten shiny, it looks like it has burned through to the next layer. That is shiny. I only put on 1 coat of paint after my last wetland. I wonder if it is too thin?




If the Valspar paint fails, I could always lay on about 4 coats of rustoleum safety red I guess.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by 63Falconconvert on April 16th 2012, 10:36 pm

Looks like its too thin. I did 3 costs for my final wetsand.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by leeready on April 17th 2012, 3:28 am

Why would the layer underneath be shiny though? I don't remember that happening to me, but I painted with black. Maybe it's different. Not sure.
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