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PostPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Was wondering if anyone painted their ragtop vinyl? I've used SEM vinyl paint in the past with good results. Vinyl is in great shape, it just has some pretty stubborn stains on it. Might try straight bleach on a spot.

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Also started to hit the rear vents with the sand blaster. Will be a slow process..but starting to get there.

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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Back on this car again as I get closer to paint.

Welded in the heat tubes, sealed them up.

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More work smoothing the hood out

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Stripped inside decklid of paint, rust, dirt and grease

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Had to make a relief cut in this qtr patch b/c it wasn't allowing the door to close enough. All good now

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Smoothed out engine tray patch

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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2020 7:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Decided to completely strip hood. Only like a third of the way done.

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Going around the car touching up pinholes with spot filler

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Finally finished stripping the paint in the rear vents. Used paint stripper with drill and scotch brite and sandblasting

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Put a temporary paint booth up

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2020 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Finished stripping the hood to bare metal

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Finished up the fans for the paint booth.

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Got the 2k filler primer laid down

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Next up after all the block sanding will be ready for the basecoat.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Stripped down the last of the painted parts

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:32 am    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Hit the fenders and door bottoms with undercoat.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Looking good
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:06 am    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

What's the airflow like in your little booth with those 2 fans? When I painted my truck in my garage and no fans, and only the door open, my eyes were burning and watering so bad it was hard to finish by the 4th coat.

I've been looking around for a paint booth to rent in my area, but it's becoming difficult these days. Putting a Bug on a trailer and bringing all those loose pieces seems like a nightmare waiting for a scratch. I've been painting all 19 pieces for a buddy's motorcycle and it's been a real challenge to keep dirt out.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Hey Tincan, the booth can get tight at times, and you have to move stuff around, but I made the most of it. The fans do ok, but occasionally I need to blow off the filters or change them out to cut down the dust. I wet down tarp on the floor.

Finally laid some color, looks green in the booth but its Gulf Blue.

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Then hit everything with clear

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Cleared the steering column piece I painted a while ago

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do the same kind of setup. Looks great!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2020 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

TinCanFab wrote:
I think I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do the same kind of setup. Looks great!


Thanks, today I started to wet sand parts and use Wizard's turbo cut to buff out some runs and little nibs here and there in the paint. My decklid has some clearcoat overspray that I'm going to wetsand and buff out too.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Wetsanded and buffed the decklid and a fender. Still need to machine polish.

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Accidentally leaned it on a sawhorse and scratched, will have to touch up and fix

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:42 am    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

The paint came out nice!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Your paint looks awesome. Nothing feels as good as doing it yourself. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Thanks guys
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Still more cut n buffing going on.

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Also had to drill some holes for the bumper brackets

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:24 am    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Got the front fenders polished and a door

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

That color is niiiice! Excellent work.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

hewica8 wrote:
That color is niiiice! Excellent work.


Thanks, here's the last loose part buffed out. Next will be onto body soon for final bodywork and paint.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Your almost there!!! keep it up. and that's a lovely color btw.
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