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Old 23 Feb 2021, 11:49 pm
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So, today, I finished painting the refurbished under the hood chrome panel.

The blue areas approximate where the chrome had been etched or air abraded for the flame look.
And, I gave it a good scuffing with sand paper too.
Yesterday, with the temps in the 60s, I sprayed the "Fusion for Metal" and the Deep Metallic Blue.

Today it was 70 degrees, so i gave the blue paint a coat of high heat engine clear.
Not sure how long that will stay looking good with all the vibrations and heat under the hood.
But, for $50, I thought why not try it.
I won't install until later this spring.


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Old 25 Feb 2021, 04:32 pm
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That looks great Frank!
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Old 04 Mar 2021, 11:14 pm
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Continuing to finish up a few details before spring.

The air brush and pinstriping guy had peeled 2 areas of my fresh blue paint in doing his work over the holidays.
I don't know it was just failure to paint to bond well; or, him pulling masking tape in cold temps in his garage.

I was supposed to take it back to him to finish the silver pin stripes on the front fenders and bumper, after the body shop modified the blue line coming down towards the bumper.
Tired of all the months of shop time, I decided to keep it simple and NOT MODIFY THE BLUE areas coming down along the grill.

** Consequently, I made the decision to finish the front fender and bumper pin stripe on my own. (No shop time and better control of paint and taping temps) I found a fitting to hook up my airbrush to my garage compressor and control the pressure to 45 psi. The result was a much stronger, even, and consistent spray application. And a cost savings over a couple of $20 cans of airbrush propellant.

I did this, especially all the taping, and spraying in one warm day earlier in the garage this week. Was easy, squeezy!

**AND I DID NOT PEEL OFF ANY PAINT IN THE PROCESS.

It's a metallic silver beltline between the deep ocean blue and the flat clear coat over gray metallic. 2 light coats of silver, and one coat of clear.
The airbrush gives an exceptional look, unlike like a smooth hand painted line. It almost looks speckled like frost.



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Old 04 Mar 2021, 11:57 pm
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Also having to take the dash apart and repaint the last 2 dash bezels that I already painted body blue and clear coated.

Not sure if it was just too much paint to quickly. (Hour between coats; and 24 hours before clear coat)
Or, if their regular gloss clearcoat was a bad batch this time.
But, after about a month on the car, both the instrument cluster surround and the air bag cover developed deep cracks in the paint.

As I have said before I had had great luck with Automotivetouchup.com's products. And, I applied the clear in the same manner as I have before....including the center dash bezel with my fading flag graphics. Their OEM color matches are right on the money.

After only one phone call they sent me a new clear coat product, a 2-part polyurethane clear where you have to punch a button on the bottom to release the second ingredient, the shake well. And, it is only good for 48 hours after mixing. It's called a "2K max clear coat ".
They sent if free of charge.
This is supposed to be a more free flowing, quicker drying, and harder clear surface that the regular clear.

The BIG TRICK here was sanding down all the cracks, but not sanding thru my air brushed fading flag graphic on the passenger side air bag cover.
I allowed the clear, with the air bag laying flat, to fill in the cracks over the flag.

Day 3 looks awesome. I will not reinstall until next week.
This also gave me the time to put #2723 bulbs in my turn signals in the instrument cluster.

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Old 06 Mar 2021, 11:54 am
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Nice clear morning, and was out for Coffee & Cars.
So, thought I'd just do the paint final photo shoot.











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Looks really good Frank!

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Awesome PT.
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Old 07 Mar 2021, 01:44 pm
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I do have a new set of slightly smoked LED tail lights ready for install.

The ones that I have are the type that a lot of PT folks are looking in the flat black, or clear chrome version.
Unfortunately, they are no longer being made, and are sold out.

Mine have gotten discolored/foggy inside the outer lens.
So, when I do replace them later this spring, I will try to crack open my lenses to see if that fogginess can be polished out or cleaned off.
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Old 16 Mar 2021, 07:56 pm
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PTeaser Smoothie Bumper repair complete!

I believe that I had posted somewhere else that I has snow plowed with the lowered front end, where that middle pile was actually frozen
Broke the PTeaser Bumper in two at about the center line.


Completed it and reinstalled the bumper today.
I think it looks great.
What you don't quite see is, I covered the sheet metal screws that go up into the metal plate on the inside. I bought a thin sheet of Hard Silicone rubber, marked the screw heads, and relieved the surface of the rubber to receive the screw heads so it would lay flat.
I angle tapered the edges to blend into the under surface of the bumper.
Used JB Weld to mount it; held in place on the curvature with duct tape!
That way, there is not only an extra layer of bonding the pieces together; but a little bumper of protection when I do scrape.

Oops! That was my only casualty; a one day delay to repair where the duct tape pulled off some of the tape.
I have become very happy, and getting great results using my garage compressor, hooked up to my Paasche Air Brush.

Used the left over body color, and a spray can of Flat Clear Coat.


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Old 16 Mar 2021, 09:25 pm
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I remember the picture of the "snow plow" ouchie! It looks great. Good work.
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