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Old 10-11-2012, 06:41 PM   #211
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Are you doing the interior, engine and transmission as well?
well, not to RS spec no. I'm going to strip the seats and make bolsters from scratch and re-upholster in a similar pattern to the stock SVT interior. but that's probably a project for next year. As far as drivetrain, I'm not planning to stick with a 4cyl in it....but I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:03 PM   #212
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well. long story short the car is not painted. I spent almost 6hrs working on it and it's still not ready. by making sure ALL of the old paint was off, I sanded through the gelcoat in some spots and exposed small pinholes in the fiberglass flares.....and everytime I fill the ones I find, and go to sand the filler down, I expose more. So I'm continuously chasing these pinholes before I can paint. I've got the driver side I THINK ready. I sprayed it with SEM rattle-can filler primer instead of buying a whole quart.....and the passenger side MAY be currently in it's last skim-coat of filler I HOPE.

Looks like the next chance I have at proper weather is wednesday. It's probably best I didnt paint today, as it ended up being way too humid anyhow.

but, I snapped some pics anyways:

Here's how the hatch/boot came out (realized I didn't take many pics of it)







(I still have to finish shaving the emblem from the trim piece)

and the car after 21hrs of sanding, first all in 320 until the mistake-paint was gone, then again in 600 wet for prep.





I did also re-mask off the rear quarter window openings and the windows on the doors....but no pics of that. Still have to mask the roof, finish repairs on the rear flairs, and THEN maybe I can paint wednesday. If this doesn't come out good, I'm seriously setting the car on fire and claiming the insurance and getting out of the focus game.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:15 PM   #213
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It is going to turn out awesome! I think it's incredible that you are doing this all on your own!
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:05 PM   #214
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UGH...this car is totally fighting me every step of the way. Basically, everything I work on for myself comes out like shit while work I do for other people always goes smoothly.

So, I have the whole car prepped....I go to start spraying....I get to the third coat of color after two light coats, and start to get the SAME GOD DAMNED LIFTING SHIT happening again. I don't know WHAT THE is going on, but it's god damned annoying. It was nowhere near as bad as the last time, so I just waited a little extra time between coats and did 3 more coats to kind of try to level it out and hide it since last time this happened wetsanding with 600 seemed to make the issue WORSE. Anyways, to sum things up.....I said it and continued with the paintjob.

Here's the shit I'm talking about:



so I figured since it's not metallic it could possibly hide in the clear.....so I banged on a crap-ton of clear in three coats (two real heavy) and got it done.



I did however put a couple runs in it....so I'll have to let it harden up for a few weeks (might just wait until spring) to go ahead with wetsanding them out and buffing it.

probably going to leave the car sit for a week before attempting to put the glass back in and get into re-assembly.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:47 AM   #215
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Have a friend that paints cars and i found it strange....but he add's the cars color to the clear to kinda tint it before he sprays the clear says later on it helps keep the clear from turning hazy or white. Always wondered does that work.

I wanna try and do my rear bumper myself.....this red really fades bad.

After you sprayed the color how long did you wait to spray the clear?
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I wanna try and do my rear bumper myself.....this red really fades bad.

After you sprayed the color how long did you wait to spray the clear?
usually about 10-12mins between coats using medium hardener in the clear.

process is:

prep surface with 600grit wet

clean with wax/grease remover meant for paintwork

spray one even coat of primer sealer

wait 8-12 mins (wait for it to "haze" or dull, that's when it's ready)

spray light coat of base color (should still see the gray coming through)

wait 8-12 mins (again, waiting for it to dull out/haze)

spray a good even coat of base color

wait 8-12 mins (again, waiting for it to dull out/haze)

spray a good even coat of base color

wait 8-12 mins (again, waiting for it to dull out/haze)

spray a light misting of clear, it should look speckled and orange-peely

wait 10-15mins (when you touch the tape from masking and it feels like tacky glue without being wet or stringy when you pull your finger away, it's ready)

spray a HEAVY coat of clear....you move fairly slow and steady getting good coverage. if a spot starts to look white, it's going to run in the next 10-30secs and make you swear.

wait about 20mins, again check the tape nearby for tacky-ness

spray a second HEAVY coat of clear.

let dry :)
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:07 PM   #217
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Not the way I would have painted it.

I would have done a drop coat.
10mins
Medium coat
10mins
Drop coat.
10 mine
Mist of lacquer
5mins
Heavy lacquer.

But that's in a booth.
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Old 10-20-2012, 03:54 PM   #218
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snapped some pics of the driver side and then pulled all the masking off









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Old 10-29-2012, 08:24 AM   #219
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so yesterday my dad came over and helped me put the rear glass in, and then I started re-assembling.....













still fighting with the passenger side fender though so front clip isn't on yet
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It will be nice to see a red RS rep for a change! I am glad that you didn't give up on it, that looks amazing!
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