charliekwin

Project Boondoggle (or, so I went and bought a Z!)

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1 hour ago, rcb280z said:

Boy I bet that's a fun car to drive.

Yes sir, that it is

 

1 minute ago, siteunseen said:

I thought you had internal engine problems?

I'm a month or two behind.

That was last August 2017, the engine has been rebuilt and purring again.

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Busy weekend with family in town and kiddo's birthday (by the way, who opens a kid's restaurant and thinks a creepy anthropomorphized rat is a good choice for a mascot!?), so I only had a chance to start blocking a couple of panels. Still, that was enough to temper a bit the enthusiasm from last weekend: some panels are blocking nicely, some look like they'll need just a bit of filler, and probably everything will need end up needing another coat of primer.

I also decided to upgrade my gun. Couldn't justify a really expensive one, but I think I'll get better results with this thing. And now I need a new air compressor. If you give a mouse a cookie.... 

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23 hours ago, charliekwin said:

 

I also decided to upgrade my gun. Couldn't justify a really expensive one, but I think I'll get better results with this thing. And now I need a new air compressor. If you give a mouse a cookie.... 

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I basically have an older version of the same gun. I had thought of upgrading but when we had Cody's car at the paint shop I asked the manager if my spraying would be any better with a higher end gun and he flat out told me no. He told me there were plenty of guys with high end guns that didn't lay paint down as well as what I had done. So that was encouraging.

It's always amazing to me how many flaws that black can show up. As a word of caution, and I may have mentioned this earlier, many panels like the top of the fenders and the hatch flats are very thin. They need very light pressure to block out flat. If you push too hard they won't block out smooth

23 hours ago, charliekwin said:

Busy weekend with family in town and kiddo's birthday (by the way, who opens a kid's restaurant and thinks a creepy anthropomorphized rat is a good choice for a mascot!?),

Evidently someone that started a business near you 😉

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I haven't been on the forum in a few years, but I've always kept up with this thread through email updates... Just want to say this is great and you're doing an awesome job!

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On 2/27/2016 at 7:35 PM, Zed Head said:

You can see in the FSM that the brown link should be of lower capacity than the green.  How it got to 50 amps and red is still somewhat of a mystery.  I think that someone took a guess may years ago and it has lasted.

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Interesting posts on Hybridz.org regarding fusible links (that's me in my other pen name).  dmorales used to post over here I think.  Edit - actually he still does, just on different topics.

http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/123252-280z-restomod-progress/?page=7&tab=comments#comment-1207295

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I still don't have a color, but had a pretty productive weekend nonetheless. The three blues I had were BMW Santoriniblau, Rover henley blue, and Alfa polizia blue (in that order on the first picture). In the shade (first picture) they looked...not bad. In the sun, not quite so much. My wife and I both liked the henley blue in the middle the best, but in the sun, it kind of washes out and starts to look a little too close to pastel.

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Photos are of colors on cars are hard, but this Mini in the same color is pretty true to life, and it's just not quite what I'm looking for.

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After all this, I came to realize that I want a darker color that has more green and less red in it. It's down to WV's dove blue and slate blue.

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Meanwhile, I got some more primer on the doors, hood, hatch and fenders after blocking and doing some touchup on the body work. Flat gray paint doesn't photograph real well, but the three biggest problem areas I had on these are almost there. Ran out of time before I could get some more paint on the shell. I'm hoping to get color on before the end of October.

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It always helps to colour test a shaped panel if possible. It gives so much more life to the finished colour in both sun and shade exposures.

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A milestone! Everything is filled, primed, blocked, and cleaned. It's ready to paint!! Just need to clean up the garage and remask the shell. Phew!

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21 hours ago, charliekwin said:

A milestone! Everything is filled, primed, blocked, and cleaned. It's ready to paint!! Just need to clean up the garage and remask the shell. Phew!

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Excellent! Do as Homebuilt does and wet the floor down some to reduce dust in your paint. Just don't drag the slimey hose through your paint like he did.  LOL

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The shell is painted! Also the air dam, but that's less exciting. One coat of epoxy as a sealer, then 3 coats of color. I went with VW's Dove Blue (at least a version of it -- seems like there's some variation out there). Between the color temp in the garage (cloudy + flouro lights), camera flash, and Lightroom processing, I'm not sure any of these pictures are getting the color right, but the rear quarter shots are probably closest.

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So far, pretty happy with how I did. My test panels had a fair amount of orange peel, but with the exception of the driver rear quarter, I got the paint to lay on pretty flat and without runs. Body work looks pretty good, but I'll know for sure when I can roll it out into the sun. For now, I've got it in the garage with a space heater keeping everything warm.

Also, I gotta give a shout-out to some guy on one of the auto body forums I read who had advice on compressors. I don't have a 240 volt outlet at my house, and can't add it as a renter, so all those threads that say "just buy a bigger compressor" aren't that helpful. But connecting two cheap-ish Harbor Freight units with some check valves did the job pretty admirably! The Devilbiss gun wants 13 CFM, but it felt like it was getting enough air the whole time.

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Business trip to Vegas at the end of this week, but hopefully I can do all the parts on Sunday. Woo!

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My original compressor is a 10 gallon oiled HF unit. I did the epoxy with that compressor and the purple HF gun.

For the high build primer, I used a better HF gun and the same compressor. That was a struggle, but barely passable. That compressor couldn't even do a small test pass with the Devilbiss gun.

The second compressor I picked up is the 21 gallon oiled one from HF.

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Another productive day of painting; finally in the home stretch. I got the fenders, doors, and the top of the hood and hatch done today.
 
I think I did a better job overall on the shell than I did on these pieces, which I wouldn't have expected. I could never get a nice flat coat on the hood, and something weird happened on one spot on the top of a fender. But I did a respectable job on all my body work (phew!) and I'm planning to do a cut and buff on everything anyway, so I think it'll look good once fixed.
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All that's left to paint now is the cowl, inspection panels, gas cover, and the bottom of the hood and hatch.
 
And an outside shot of the shell to show the color. This is pretty true to life. I maybe should have gone just a little bit darker and a little less saturated, but I like it.
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A little bit of a step backwards since the last update.
 
I moved the fenders inside to make room in the garage and when one of them caught the light I saw a flat spot/dent on a headlight bucket that I (somehow!) managed to overlook all this time. Uugghhh.
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Thought (okay, hoped) I might get lucky and be able to hammer it back into shape. Nope. Thought (with less hope) maybe it wouldn't be too obvious installed on the car with the hood. Also nope. I've put too much into it so far to cut corners now, so I had to fix it.
 
The body work was easy enough, but advice about blending paint seemed to range from "it might work if you have the all the right materials and really know what you're doing, but probably not even then" to "bet on the Browns to win the Super Bowl first." But I gave it a shot (two shots, actually) anyway. The first attempt I tried to blend it in and ended up with a halo. Second attempt I just laid it on, which left an obvious edge that wouldn't sand out. So both failed, and I've come to accept that I just need to sand the whole fender and re-shoot it. 
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So that's a bummer --I just want to be done painting-- but I'm making some lemonade: now I have a test panel I can use to practice color sanding and buffing. I've used 1500, 2000, and 3000 and Meguiars M105 and M205. It does seem like I'll need to go all the way up to 3000 to get out the scratches, since the polisher is less aggressive than I thought it would be. I'm more confident that I won't screw things up terribly now, which will definitely won't regret thinking in a couple weeks.
 
I'm making a real effort to keep my expectations reasonable here and not compare my paint job to that of the show cars I saw last week. For even a quick job, it looks pretty good at standing distance; I should be happy with that.
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Yes, you should!!!

You shot single stage, didn't you? It is harder to touch up, than two stage. The halo you got, was the color good on that repair area? If so you might could have wet sanded the halo out. Then cut and polish

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Yeah, I shot single stage. I tried wet sanding but it didn't seem to help a whole lot and I was worried about going through too much of the paint. Oh well.

I did the hatch this afternoon. Before -> 1500 -> 2000 -> 3000 -> M105 -> M205

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I have to share the hangups, too. Turns out the hatch edges had less paint on them than my fender I practiced on. I should have been more careful with wet sanding and I have a couple areas where the sealer is peeking through. Those will be my reminders to tape up the edges everywhere else.

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And the paint's definitely not perfect. I can get a pretty nice shot if I let the camera focus on the reflection, but the flaws are there with manual.

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So it doesn't hold up to intense scrutiny, but does look plenty nice sitting here in my office, and I think I'm as likely to make things worse as I am better if I mess with it much more. I'll look at it in the sun tomorrow before moving on for good.

Meanwhile, the amount of all the other stuff still left to do is coming into focus. Over the weekend, I fixed one of the door hinges, cleaned them all up a bit, along with the hood torsion rods, and painted everything with a bit of Rustoleum so they look nicer. (Side note: I love my little Harbor Freight detail gun that came in the two pack!) I got the rods and hood hinges installed. That's also something I hope not to have to do again.  Boy, the unpainted bits really stand out now.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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You have done really well, considering you are learning on the fly!

I try to make a point of shooting the edges really well when I paint. Edges like that always seem to be thin. I don't really know what causes that but I tend to intuitively add paint there when possible. Single stage is a more correct paint for these classic cars, but it can be more difficult to repair flaws.

You paint looks really good after the cut & polish!

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Thanks for the kind words! The experience has been instructive: a lot of lessons learned that I can carry to the next project (whatever it is and whenever I can convince my wife that I need a new one).

And I have even more appreciation now for the work and skill that goes into the flawless, top-quality paint jobs out there.

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49 minutes ago, charliekwin said:

Thanks for the kind words! The experience has been instructive: a lot of lessons learned that I can carry to the next project (whatever it is and whenever I can convince my wife that I need a new one).

And I have even more appreciation now for the work and skill that goes into the flawless, top-quality paint jobs out there.

Yes, there is nothing like DIY paint. It will teach you alot.

Good luck convincing the wife. LOL

I am not super fast at body work, but I have a huge appreciation for what it makes to produce perfect paint. When I go to car shows and see a boat of a car that has beautiful straight reflective lines down it, I know it took hundreds of hours to get there. Those hours translate to thousands of dollars. Which is why I end up DIY. Not only does it take a lot of time it takes a lot of experience to get it that perfect before you lay down color.

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