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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on January 28th 2012, 4:59 am

Looks good. Now, I could see the blitz-black looking cool, but I'd still paint that car a nice glossy color.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by Noah Zarq on January 28th 2012, 8:15 am

That thing would look awesome in Rustoleum Safety Red!
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on January 28th 2012, 10:06 am

Bob69Dodge wrote:I think the louvers cover the holes nicely. Looking good !!
Have you decided on a finish color?

Gonna try the John Deere Blitz Black. It's a satin black.

I was looking at it last night after I primed the bonnet and thought "You know, it looks like a teenie, tiny Batmobile.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by Noah Zarq on January 28th 2012, 8:37 pm

I am not a big fan of blitz black because every third car at the car show is blitz black. That is why I painted my son's Sentra semigloss green; it really made it stand out, and didnt look like 500 other cars.

But hey, it's your car. Have fun. That is what makes it worthwhile!
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on January 28th 2012, 11:00 pm

Noah Zarq wrote:I am not a big fan of blitz black because every third car at the car show is blitz black. That is why I painted my son's Sentra semigloss green; it really made it stand out, and didnt look like 500 other cars.

But hey, it's your car. Have fun. That is what makes it worthwhile!

I understand, but there aren't any cars around where I live that are Blitz Black and I don't do car shows. I go and enjoy the sights, but I don't show any of my cars.

I used to have a 1959 Triumph TR3. I showed it one time. I drove it about 200 miles to the show and was one of about six TR3's. All the rest were trailered in and of course took the awards. My car was a great driver, but a great driver is going to have some warts. I don't enjoy dusting my car off all day either.

Doors back on and somewhat adjusted. It looks like a lot of Bondo, but it's a thin coat that will mostly come off.

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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by 63Falconconvert on January 30th 2012, 4:50 pm

The best part of painting it blitz-black is that 10 out of 10 people will ask you when you're going to "paint" it..... lol!

Have someone do some red/silver free hand pin striping on the hood, trunk lid, that will set it off nice.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on January 30th 2012, 5:43 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:The best part of painting it blitz-black is that 10 out of 10 people will ask you when you're going to "paint" it..... lol!

Have someone do some red/silver free hand pin striping on the hood, trunk lid, that will set it off nice.

I'm going to try to get some pinstriping done. Gotta find somebody for that.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by 63Falconconvert on January 31st 2012, 9:19 am

Not sure of your location, I'm in Rochester NY, I have 3 close friends that stripe for a living. They would love to get ahold of your car thumbs up
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on January 31st 2012, 9:52 am

63Falconconvert wrote:Not sure of your location, I'm in Rochester NY, I have 3 close friends that stripe for a living. They would love to get ahold of your car thumbs up

I'm in North Carolina, so that would be a real road trip.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by cac1967 on February 1st 2012, 12:46 am

What part of nc, I'm in thomasville nc , home of the big chair!!!!
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on February 1st 2012, 12:11 pm

cac1967 wrote:What part of nc, I'm in thomasville nc , home of the big chair!!!!

Rocky Mount, home of unemployment.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by retired plumber on February 1st 2012, 4:00 pm

Get a brush and try it yourself. Draw your design lightly with chalk and go for it. If you don't like it, wipe it off with mineral spirits before it dries and do it again. I striped the flames on my 50 merc years ago that way. Looked like crap at first but the final result looked good, not pro but still good for a daily driver.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on February 2nd 2012, 8:19 pm

Mostly finished with the bodywork and priming. Just need to tie up a few loose ends and it will be time to start rolling!







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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by cac1967 on February 3rd 2012, 12:58 am

WOW, sure is getting close to paint, bodywork is looking great!!!!!!
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on February 6th 2012, 10:09 pm

I'm pretty much to the point now that I could go on forever nit picking and trying to make it perfect, but it's time to stop. I did a quick wet sand of the primer today with 400 and I think I'm ready to start rolling. I took the louvered panels off the hood for rolling and squared up the ragged holes that were cut in. I also found a few stress cracks in the hood that I had to weld and mud, but I'm glad I found it when I did.



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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on February 7th 2012, 8:38 pm

What the hell am I about to do?


I am painting an effin' car with an effin' roller.


One coat down. I rolled it and tipped it with a foam brush. Next coat I am just going to roll and not tip. Just trying out styles with the first coats.


Not much coverage, but I can see where this is going. It took about an hour and a half to roll. I mixed 12 ounces of paint, 8 ounces of thinner, and 2 ounces of hardener.


edit: Which one of you slipped into my garage overnight and put a couple of small dings in my car? One on the left rear quarter and one on the front edge of the hood. It's amazing what a little sheen on a car will bring out. It is one of the bonuses of this type of paint job. I can fix it now. If I was spraying, I would have been stuck with them.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on February 10th 2012, 12:58 am

Rolled coat #2 on tonight. I did a little reading through some other threads and saw something. Tonight, I rolled the paint on with basically no regard to the bubbles. I then just kept lightly rolling with just the weight of the roller until I had taken care of the bubbles. It seems like the paint almost needs to dry just the slightest and then the bubbles disappear with very light rolling. I'll take some pics tomorrow after it has time to dry.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by Cabriopaul on February 10th 2012, 8:07 am

wow.. theres loads of spitfires round where I live! and ive never ever seen a black one. I don't think it was ever a colour option?? But it should have been. That car looks awesome allready. I used to have a Black MG-BGT that looked the dogs doo-dars!! keep up the good stuff, Paul Smile
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by 63Falconconvert on February 10th 2012, 2:14 pm

Looks great. You know all the "purest's" will have a heartattack when they see your car and then when you tell them you painted it with an effn roller.....
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by leeready on February 10th 2012, 4:06 pm

I don't see the point of tipping it with a foam brush (for no roller makrs?), but it didn't turn out bad. I've been trying other methods also. If you got the time why not.

What kind of part are you using now? The John Deer blitz black? Since it's not a glossy paint how do you plan on finishing the job? I'm guessing you can't sand the last coat because it's not a gloss color. That's why I didn't want to go with a satin or flat black. With gloss black you just sand it down flat and buff it and get a nice shine. I guess if you laid the last coat on really smooth and try not getting any roller marks it could work out. That's my problem...I always get at least 1 or 2.

Also what what thinner and hardener are you using? Very Happy
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on February 10th 2012, 6:13 pm

leeready wrote:I don't see the point of tipping it with a foam brush (for no roller makrs?), but it didn't turn out bad. I've been trying other methods also. If you got the time why not.

What kind of part are you using now? The John Deer blitz black? Since it's not a glossy paint how do you plan on finishing the job? I'm guessing you can't sand the last coat because it's not a gloss color. That's why I didn't want to go with a satin or flat black. With gloss black you just sand it down flat and buff it and get a nice shine. I guess if you laid the last coat on really smooth and try not getting any roller marks it could work out. That's my problem...I always get at least 1 or 2.

Also what what thinner and hardener are you using? Very Happy

Lots of questions. I tipped it because it was the first coat and I wanted to see the results. I wasn't that impressed.

I'm using the John Deere Blitz Black and I haven't figured out the final coat yet, but I'm about 6 coats away. I may end up spraying the final coat panel by panel if I can't work it out any other way. I'm using mineral spirits and Valspar hardener.

2 coats on. Lord Vader, your Spitfire is starting to look good.




Wet sanded with 600 and drying out for coat number 3.
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by cac1967 on February 10th 2012, 8:25 pm

Lookin great so far!!!!!! thumbs up
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by mick on February 11th 2012, 12:59 am

Looks pretty sweet
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by Noah Zarq on February 11th 2012, 7:46 am

Gotta admit, it's growing on me!
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Re: 1975 Spitfire

Post by superdave on February 11th 2012, 4:23 pm

Applied coat #3 last night. I rolled and tipped with the foam brush again. After it dried, it looked striped again. Still looking for the method that is going to allow me to get a final coat to work with the satin.

Applied coat #4 today, and I think I'm going to be able to pull this off. After I rolled the trunk lid and rear panel (applying paint and then rolling gently until I chased the bubbles away), I started on the quarters. I rolled them with a pretty liberal amount of paint and then tipped with the foam brush. I then made another pass with the roller (moderate pressure) without applying any more paint. After that, I rolled and rolled with virtually no pressure until I had no bubbles and an even surface. I kept rolling way beyond what made sense to do. Past experience tells me to apply paint and the more that I mess with it, the worse things are going to get. This was the exact opposite of that idea. I almost felt like I lightly rolled until it tacked up just a little. That is drying very nicely and may provide the method for the final finish.

My theory is that the tipping with the foam brush helps to further even the paint out from the roller and eliminate a lot of bubbles and roller marks. The semi-dry rolling after that evens out the surface and does away with the brush marks. After it dries, I'll take some pics.
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