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Old 03-13-2012, 07:17 AM   #81
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I love clubroadster jokes! haha

I'll let you know if I need a hand. So far its all little crap, not worth having extra help
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:57 PM   #82
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Interior Teaser...
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:27 PM   #83
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Drove it quite a bit this weekend with no windshield. Good times.



I should be getting the windshield next weekend and then I will start back up on wetsanding. For now I only have 1 stock seat in. Still waiting on my custom brackets to get laser cut at work.
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That thing is going to look great once it's all polished up...and not 3" higher than stock height
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hey hey its lower than stock.

I ordered some supplies to wetsand her. Going to use 3m's DA sanding products. Foam cushioning pad and 1500 then 3000 grit...should make quick work of it.
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Lemme know if you want a hand with polishing that thing
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Damn man. Its come a long way.

I'll have to meet up with you guys at some point this spring/summer to check it out.

Hopefully I'll have mine back on the road sometime soon.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:37 PM   #88
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It amazes me how Interior/Exterior "restoration" can make your wallet burn just as fast as turbo & suspension goodies. Just when I thought I was done buying stuff:

-3M 05776 Hookit 6" Disc Pad

- 3M 02088 Trizact Hookit 6" P1500 Grit Clear Coat Sanding Disc, (Box of 25)

-3M 02085 Trizact Hookit 6" P3000 Grit Foam Disc, (Box of 15)

- 3M 05777 Hookit 6" x 1/2" x 3/4" Soft Interface Pad

-MF1 Uber All Purpose Microfiber Bulk 50 Pack (splitting with a friend)

- 650G Uber Blue Pad 6.5 inch final polish pad (bought 3)

- 6515HOG Uber Orange Pad 6.5 inch medium polish pad (bought 3)

- 631G Uber Yellow Pad 6.5 inch cutting compounding pad (bought 3)

- M105 Meguiar's M105 Ultra Cut Compound Size: 1gallon
-M205 Meguiar's M205 Ultra Finishing Polish Size: 32oz (bought 2)

This weekend I plan on doing plugs, oil change, etc... and then back to body work. I want to fix the chip I got while putting her in storage. Next week I will begin wetsanding with the DA. I am pretty excited/nervous about cutting the paint with a DA, but people speak highly about this 3m trizact stuff. I plan on just keeping the DA at a lower PSI and seeing how it goes.
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It seems like you bought A LOT of compound.

I barely used 1/4 of my 32oz 105 for my entire car, But I am pretty sure I need a more aggressive pad because the 105 wasn't quite cutting enough.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:46 AM   #90
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Yeah I have a feeling 2 qts would have been about what I use...but the difference in cost from 2 qts to a full gallon was minimal. It will probably go to my friend as a thank you for helping me polish. I personally thought it was a lifetime supply. lol.
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Old 04-03-2012, 10:15 PM   #91
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-Windshield installed
-random cowl trim installed
-front lip installed

- Oil changed. Spark plugs changed. Still need to change the fuel filter

I will be fixing my chip tomorrow and wetsanding all weekend. Maybe buffing next week!

Some "These might actually look nice if my car was done" pics (iphone4):



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looks incredibly clean.
good luck with the wet sanding/buffing,
your build thread is an inspiration to make me finish mine
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Nice man!
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Dude, the truck is lookin sweet
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:31 PM   #95
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Yeah Yeah ik 4x4 blah blah

Today I learned how much of a ---- it is to spot repair metallic paint. I started by sanding the damaged area with 220. I didn't go crazy because I wanted to minimize the repair area. Next I feathered with 400. I cleaned and prepped the area and masked off using the bent over tape technique to reduce the chance of getting a hard edge. I did 3 coats of color (rattle can base coat), moving the tape back on each pass.

Next I did 3 coats of clear using 2k 2 part rattle can clear (its legit clear that you mix right in the can by pressing a pin). I moved the tape further and further back each time to reduce hard edges. It will all get wetsanded in and blended later anyway though.

This is where I made the mistake. in order for metallic to look good it needs to be sprayed in a complete pass. If you were to "dust" metallic it doesnt look right. In fact back when I had montego blue it would look crazy green (green metallic flakes in it) until you sprayed a nice wet coat. By trying to feather in the edges I created a half assed metallic line along the edge. I should have wetsanded the base coat with 1500 before continuing onto clear coat. What I ended up with was a wrinkle looking line in the base coat where the metallic got built up. Nothing I can do about it now short of sanding it again and re-spraying again but that will be another can of clear ($25) and mean an even larger repair area. Right now the repair area is still only about 1" tall x 4" long and right on the wheel arch so its not too noticeable. Oh well. She still will look good from a few feet away. My car is by no means a show car.

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Second coat


First clear (you can sorda see the edge)


Second clear


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Shoulda let it dry and sanded before the clearcoat.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #97
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Shoulda let it dry and sanded before the clearcoat.
Yeah, Live and learn. Maybe somewhere down the road I will re-repair it but my fenders could be in better shape anyway and flares may be in its future.

For now... stand 2 feet further back and we will never notice it.
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It is a bit darker in that area in the photo's, how does it look in person?
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darker. Hard to say until it dries.

when you buy paint in a rattle can or any small quantity its just a crap shoot if you will actually get the same color. 1 drop of a base color will throw it off so much.
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I'm sure unless that spot is scrutinized it will be hard to notice. How does the time line look for completion?
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