Since the fish-eyes were spread out over the entire car, it had to be sanded down. Not all the way to the primer, but the new green paint had to be sanded down to below the level of the fish-eyes.
Terrible task and expensive. New paint had to be purchased, and lots of time sanding on the car. Apparently it was easy to tell if the sanding went low enough, because when they sanded across the top of the fish-eye, the bright green paint stayed shinny while the surrounding area went dull. I was told it was like seeing a laser light shining up. So, they kept sanding until all those beacons of shinny green were gone.
New paint delivered to them yesterday, and the process begins anew. Compressor has new drip lines and new filters and new system to remove water. Also suspect was the new rubber air line used last time, so it got a good washout with solvent.
Hopefully we get some good results with this second effort.
All was going well, until we went to spray the main body. Started out looking good, then out came some fish-eye's in the paint! Shop had degreased and wiped down the car, new air hose, filter on the compressor with new desiccant, temperature in the room at 79 degrees, chasis of car at same temperature. All of this was the same process as successfully used on the bumpers and other loose pieces.
Simply, it just happened.
So, I am buying new paint and the car is being sanded again. Not fully down to bare metal or primer, just to below the imperfections in the paint. Car will then get a new coat.
Painter turned his focus on doors, hood, deck lid and bumpers and sprayed on 3 coats of Irish Green. I am so happy with the color match. Keep in mind this color changes by they type of light and sometimes looks quite dark and other times lighter with a tint of yellow. This lighting is florescent and photos taken with my cell phone. All that being said, I am very pleased at the match to the original color.
Plan is to spray the body chassis within a week or so.
Managed to polish up the luggage rack. I like the weathered look of the original ski straps. Suitcase is a recent purchase.
Delivered the paint to the shop today. Just a few minor touches being done in final preparation for painting. Dash, bumpers, hood, decklid and doors all scheduled to be painted in Irish Green this weekend. Car body will be done next week.
I will be doing all color sanding, so she comes home soon. .
Decided early on in the project that I wanted single stage paint. I like the look and the ability to wet sand the surface to a look that I feel makes the car look great. Original color of 6406 Irish Green sounds simple, but the small variations in the paint mix really show in the final color. Too much yellow or black really changes the appearance.
Got a spray out card from Willhoit Auto Restoration that seems to match the existing car color very well.
Could not find a formula for single stage PPG for 6406, so supplier is now tasked with making a match.
Spray out card shown below. I am very sure the photo of the color will vary greatly on your computer screen from what the car will actually look like. In person, in various lighting, it seems to match original color to my eye.
Bumpers had some very small dents, which were quickly straightened. In full primer now.
Battery box needed a new battery bracket. All spot welded in place now and one very small hole left to repair, plus minor straightening and some clean up. Will be ready to spray in the Wurth undercoating soon.
Time to move on to the dash...
The entire body is now in primer. Hood, doors and decklid were already set and late yesterday the primer was sprayed on the body.
Still a long way to go with blocking and actually some metal work in the battery box and bumpers, but getting much closer. Time to order the paint!
Getting closer to being in full primer and the gaps are turning out to within factory specifications. The gaps are in very straight alignment and the gap will reduce with the addition of primer and paint. Should turn out very nice.
Below is an example of the gap at the top of the rear decklid.