8:44am: It was a very late night. We are crunched for time. We have 4 hours till rain sets in. Fingers crossed.
5:20pm: Waiting to dry then the shooting begins !!!!
5:29pm: Rain set in and we have to postpone the base coat spray since the booth sprang a leak.
Finally good painting weather.
Black is down.
2 coats down:
All the coats of base are laid. We peeled off all the masking.
A couple coats of clear down:
Action Shot: (After I ran the second coat, I let the experience take over. Jim shot the final coat)
Final product. And the longer it cured the better it looks.
Got a few runs (my fault) it got cold quick and clear doesn’t like that.
Special Thanks to Jim who stuck it out until the Job was done. The Leak in the booth cost us a day but it came out great!
Starting to unmask it:
I’ve almost got it back together. It’s so dirty from parts being outside in the dirt.
Ditching the fogs:
Look, it’s a chunk-o-clear.
Debadged, waiting for the new decal:
Just pics: (It needs a good color sanding and buff. You can see some spots where the finish isn’t perfect. Good thing it’s all a matter of time and effort to fix.)
It has made its first trip outside the booth.
I spent all night putting it back together.
I repainted the mirrors, handles, and locks.
Putting the window seal back on is probably the scariest thing I had to do. Those clips are paint gougers.
Installed the locks and mirrors and put the doors handles back on
Rolled it outside. the booth is empty
I’ve had many people waiting for me to bring it to work so they can point out all the mistake we made :-\ “Haters.” But, people are pretty impressed with it overall. You can’t really say it doesn’t look good.
First sun shot:
Well this weekend I started the color sanding. I sanded all the runs out. There’s a few spots I’ll have to touch up later but you will never notice them.
First, the aftermarket fender chipped the front of my door. I had this problem before with that fender. This is part of the reason I swapped it to a factory one. The deer strongly suggested that I not use that factory fender.
Sanding down with 800:
Then 1000 and then 1500. It’s getting very smooth.
This week I’ll be working on it, Sanding with 2000 and then the compounds. Hopefully by the weekend it’ll be shiny once again.
While waiting for the weekend I got some goodies in the mail. And there is more to come.
OperationX has been going a while. Come June it will have been 4 years since the day I decided to quit letting her sit and rot.
I got more goodies. (Hint: things that go boom…)
Here’s what I got.
This is a baby compared to the 12
I started the assembling Projector 2.0 Housing. I got some mods to do to the mounting brackets but hopefully they will be installed this weekend, LEDs and all. I hope they look as badass as I think they will.
Sunday I tried to polish on the car a bit, Unsuccessful might I add.
I’ve got to get a more powerful polisher and better compound. The off the shelf compound doesn’t work for this kind of polishing.
I also finished and painted the 2.0 Projector Housings, however there must have been something on the tops of the housings even though I wiped them down with paint prep wipes. The paint didn’t stick and looks like poo.