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  • #16
    Fast forward a few months, and while waiting on the starter to get rebuilt, I decided to start buffing out the paint since before I just applied some Boiled Linseed oil to it to give it that shine.

    That 40 year old brushed on laquer is just comming right back around with some wetsanding/buffing.

    I still have more to do, but the parts I'm
    doing look great.

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    • #17
      It's nice to see that old car gettin a little love. Also nice that you have it running and driving. Keep up the good work!

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      • #18
        She's getting filled now!
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        I also just noticed this cracked lead repair on the hood. I'm just going to ignore it for now, since this hood is really nice otherwise.
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        I'm filling in the big pits in the door, but keeping the grampa dent along with the bullet hole.
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        I also chiselled all the old plastic off of the (What are these called?) And painted them chrome. I am planning on having everything rechromed eventually, but for now these look good enough.

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        • #19
          Gravel guards for rear quarters; the fenders projected far enough out from the plane of the door they actually performed a good service!

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          • #20
            I put some regular filler over the fiberglass.

            I also fiberglass over my quarter patch

            I just packed the other side since it had been smashed in and filled before and I don't feel like digging out all that old filler right now.

            She's really shaping up, and I have some left over paint to touch it up with.

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            • #21
              I finalized my body work on the car and it doesn't look too bad.

              It at least matches the the original body work, but unlike the previous owner, I block sanded the areas I patched out to 400 gritt (I didn't just use 80 gritt on the whole car before painting it).

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              • #22
                Now its painted!
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                And I did it in a similar fashion to how the previous owner did all those years ago. I used an enamel I had blended by Sherwin William's, and poured a whole bunch of hardener in.
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                I used a foam brush instead of my paint gun. Partially because I didn't feel like making anything off, and partially because I wanted to emulate the look of the rest of the paint.
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                As soon as it is cured, I intend to sand the hell out of it and blend it in to the rest of the paint.
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                I did previously use the enamel on to touch the car up before a show, and the match is a bit off, but not too bad.

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                • #23
                  I sure fancy cars that looks like they used to when they were driven every day!
                  & especialy if they are...
                  Josephine
                  -55 sedan

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                  • #24
                    Yea, it is going to be driven every day as soon as I get it all back together. My next issue while the interior is out is to completely rewire the car from scratch.

                    Also here's some photos of the paint after it had darkened out and dried.
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                    • #25
                      The paint is dry to the touch now
                      (not cured) so I decided to take a scotchbrite pad and work on blending it a bit.
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                      It doesn't look too shabby, I'm just taking the shine off of it. I'm going to have to wait a week before actually sanding it.
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                      Also, look at those brush strokes. Is that paint porn or what?

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                      • #26
                        Brushstrokes is what makes it art...
                        Josephine
                        -55 sedan

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                        • #27
                          Looking GOOD! Now it is just crying out for a Set of bottlecaps, (Hubcaps)!
                          StudeRich
                          Second Generation Stude Driver,
                          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                          • #28
                            I like it as well. I painted a few old trucks with a brush, when I was a kid. Sometimes to make them all one color after changing body parts, and sometimes to cover repairs. They always looked better than what I started with.

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                            • #29
                              Dad used to work in the doll up shop at Studies. There you learned how to fix things fast. If it looked like it could be fixed in ten minutes it stayed in the doll up shop. If longer they had a regular body shop. I am pretty sure Dad knew how to lead but our material of choice back in the sixties and seventies was bondo and fiberglass. We might use a metal patch here and there pop rivited but ground down after the fiberglass dried. Then we were just trying to make it look good enough to not be ashamed of how it looked.

                              When my kids were all driving back in the eighties and nineties I did some major repair work on old Mercedes 240d and 300ds and some other cars. Brushed on with the right mix of thinner would dry with minimal brush marks. Today I would not save any of the cars I saved back then. If the car is rust free is the only way I'd take it on now.
                              Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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                              • #30
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                                So I got the car running again, and I even started diving into the wiring.
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                                Now I really want to preserve the paint that's there, but I also want it to shine so what would be your opinion on clear coating the car?
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                                I work as a paint line sander at my local Maaco franchise, so this would be done semi properly.
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                                I would lightly DA with 600 gritt, mask it, then clear it.
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                                Or should I put in the hours to colorsand and buff the whole car
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                                Keep in mind that the paint was originally put on with a brush.
                                Last edited by jjester6000; 06-14-2021, 09:13 AM.

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