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Post by magic marouke on Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:15 am

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Nice to see the color for the first time
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:39 am

77mali wrote:This is definitely the quickest body restoration I've seen on this site.

Ditto on that. So you'll be driving it next week? Smile
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Post by magic marouke on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:30 pm

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77mali wrote:This is definitely the quickest body restoration I've seen on this site.

Ditto on that.  So you'll be driving it next week? Smile

If I was on it full time yea maybe . So much work goes into doing it right . I used to do paint and body for 6 years and people just didn't appreciate what work is involved and where they're money went .
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Post by magic marouke on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:37 pm

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Trunk lid and doors back on . Changed out the pins and bushings . Doors were the heaviest I've ever taken off a car, seriously . Took a couple hours to line back up with the rear of the car and the fender . Gotta get it spot on or it just looks terrible
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Post by magic marouke on Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:54 pm

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Went over the whole car again looking for any tiny dents we missed . Going to get another coat of primer , then more sanding YAY!
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:01 pm

magic marouke wrote:Doors were the heaviest I've ever taken off a car, seriously . Took a couple hours to line back up with the rear of the car and the fender . Gotta get it spot on or it just looks terrible

I read in an article once that a Monte's doors are so heavy that the energy it takes to close them would kill everyone on Gilligan's Island.

I thought that was spot on.Laughing 
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Post by 77mali on Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:27 pm

LOL...the doors are wicked heavy but an engine crane & lift straps will help. Very Happy 

My Chevelle was originally Light Bucksin w/ Saddle top. Keep up the good work.
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Post by magic marouke on Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:21 pm

thatfnthing wrote:
magic marouke wrote:Doors were the heaviest I've ever taken off a car, seriously . Took a couple hours to line back up with the rear of the car and the fender . Gotta get it spot on or it just looks terrible

I read in an article once that a Monte's doors are so heavy that the energy it takes to close them would kill everyone on Gilligan's Island.

I thought that was spot on.Laughing 

Haha I'm gonna steal that one
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Post by magic marouke on Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:23 pm

77mali wrote:LOL...the doors are wicked heavy but an engine crane & lift straps will help. Very Happy 

My Chevelle was originally Light Bucksin w/ Saddle top.  Keep up the good work.

We used a floor jack which was fine . It was just the lining up that was a pain
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Post by magic marouke on Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:19 pm

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Final touch up of any small dents we can see and feel before the second coat of primer goes on
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Post by magic marouke on Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:22 pm

I guess there were dents along the top of the rear wheel arches from the factory where the metal was formed . Both sides had exactly the same tiny dents the same distance apart . There were also some at the back if the hood near the windshield .
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Post by magic marouke on Wed Aug 07, 2013 12:26 pm

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Primer and guide coat . Now more sanding YAY!!!
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Post by magic marouke on Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:51 pm

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All wet sanded down and waiting outside while we clean the floor down ready for painting

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Masked off yet again .

Had a bit of a panic when draining water out of the air compressor . The valve didn't want to stop the air coming out . Messed with it some then robbed one from another compressor in the shop , phew !

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Post by Wallyuph on Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:54 pm

Are using a base coat clear coat or a single stage paint?
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Post by magic marouke on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:02 pm

Wallyuph wrote:Are using a base coat clear coat or a single stage paint?

base coat clear coat . did most of the materials for around $600
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Post by magic marouke on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:02 pm

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Some interior parts cleaned , scuffed up , sprayed with bulldog then painted . Most everything turned out really good , some of it looking new

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Before and after of the rear package tray

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Post by Wallyuph on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:07 pm

Looking Great. Do you hang up plastic for temp booth? that's what I do mostly to keep over spray off all my stuff. Paint is not bad but that clear goes every where.
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Post by magic marouke on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:29 pm

Wallyuph wrote:Looking Great. Do you hang up plastic for temp booth? that's what I do mostly to keep over spray off all my stuff. Paint is not bad but that clear goes every where.
i was only spraying a few pieces at a time in the middle of my garage . then putting them out in the sun . its been over 100f here for weeks so they literally dry in minutes
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Post by magic marouke on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:31 pm

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Post by magic marouke on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:35 pm

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Lower door panels were in poor shape. Did the best I could with some glaze and believe it it not sprayed them with truck bed liner then black paint over that . I've seen it done before and it worked out ok . If I see some better ones at a decent price later I'll put them on
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Post by Wallyuph on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:40 pm

Rock guard works pretty good too for getting the texture back after filling in spots.
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Post by 77mali on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:52 pm

Do you use dental tools or something in the body business to get the grain back in the plastic trim pieces...

share your secrets!!!! LOL
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Post by Wallyuph on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:54 pm

the rock guard or as he used bed liner does it for you.
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Post by 77mali on Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:01 pm

I'll search that, thanks. Might fix a pair of my rear seat trim panels.
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Post by magic marouke on Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:07 pm

77mali wrote:Do you use dental tools or something in the body business to get the grain back in the plastic trim pieces...

share your secrets!!!!   LOL
it was because they were in such bad shape i used the bed liner . helped fill in small holes after some of the glaze fell out (the sun had really ruined them and crumbled ) . it was like trying to glaze air ! haha .
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