View Full Version : Bringing the paint back

08-23-2018, 11:32 PM
These are my first attempts at bringing back the paint. It had a clearcoat on it but it has all peeled off. A lot of elbow grease here.

https://s19.postimg.cc/7id6rh34z/2016-08-09_15.34.38.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/3lzuvhi5b/)

And after...
https://s19.postimg.cc/gb441szcj/2018-08-22_16.13.53.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/p64ycbo4v/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/6qkhex2ar/2018-08-22_16.59.05.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/xoeegnmxr/)

Before...and after
https://s19.postimg.cc/y15smv02r/2018-08-16_15.26.13.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/wm47y4yzj/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/d49ki79rn/2018-08-16_15.26.24.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/ceqs5u97z/)
https://s19.postimg.cc/7g39rapzn/2018-08-16_15.41.01.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/611p2kowf/)

You can see the original color under the gravel shields. It still has clearcoat.
https://s19.postimg.cc/lmj0mit4z/2018-08-21_14.31.52.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/sczhvygan/)

I think it will make a fine driver. Going with a medium dark grey metallic on top. It matches the inside trim and from what I have seen is a good combination.
https://s19.postimg.cc/mq34ydiw3/2018-08-08_11.01.00.jpg (https://postimg.cc/image/4na275n1b/)

08-23-2018, 11:50 PM
IF the paint job is truly a 2 stage, base coat/clear coat, and the clear is gone..........polishing the base coat is an effort in futility. Base coat will not retain a shiny finish. It was never intended to shine by itself. It requires a finish coat of clear to seal it and provide that finish.
If the copper color is actually a single stage paint that has oxidized, you may get it to shine for a little while before it dies back. Whoever cleared it probably did so to get a shine again.
An old "car flipper" trick is to spray WD40 on a dull, faded finish and then put a couple coats of liquid polish on it. Sell ASAP because it will dull out again in less then a week.
What you might consider is to get a color for the roof and after painting it, spray the entire car with a satin clear. It's very popular with the "Rat Rod" group and hides a few flaws. Prep is still very important or you will have another peeling problem to deal with.

08-24-2018, 06:00 AM
It looks nice!

I finally learned why Studebaker added the tray between the 51 bumper arms. I carry spare gas in my trunk.

08-24-2018, 08:50 AM
Well, I figured I would give it a try. It is just time. The paint did seem to take the wet sanding well. Then rubbing compound, polish compound and Carnuba wax. It is a driver right now. Hopefully it will look better than before for awhile.