|My Corvair Paint Page 1
|I was finally ready to get the Corvair painted. After a short search, I located someone to
strip, and repaint my 1969. I have seen some of the work he had done previously,
including a show truck in a magazine spread. Thanks Craigslist.
I am also getting a new convertible top, and a new windshield at the same time.
I am taking all the removed trim, and chrome back to my garage. I am cleaning off any
old paint, then buffing, polishing them as needed. Hopefully I can stay ahead of him.
|7/21/09 Just getting started removing the trim, before removing the old paint can begin.
|7/24/09 Things are starting to move. The doors corners will have to be repaired with a patch panel. I am also replacing some parts
that, at first, I thought I would re-use. For example the window fuzzies, door handles, and some trim. These little additions can really
make this project shine. There are a few thing that are being re-used, because the replacement is hard to find. Examples are the front
grill molding, headlight bezels ,and front turn signal housings. I have cleaned and polished these up. When I find a better replacement, I
will change them out. I am now placing a 3rd parts order to keep up with the progress.
When checking the paint as it is being stripped, a few things can be seen. This car has been painted completely once before. It was
sanded, primed and painted over the original paint. Then later, the lower rear quarters were painted again over that. Needless to say,
this car really needed to be taken down to the bare metal, so a proper job could be done.
|7/28/09 Stopped in to visit today. The Corvair had already been completely stripped, and shot with its first coat of epoxy primer.
There were a few concealed problems under the red paint.. Some were around the taillight panel, and some in the sides. Nothing
major, but it will take more time block sanding it to get everything straightened out. No new rust issues were uncovered.
|The door work has stopped until the new repair panels comes in.
|I have the trim back in my garage. I have been cleaning off overspray from previous paintings. Plus the parts are getting a good polish.
|Getting ready for block sanding.
|8/01/09 Stopped by to check on the progress. It is looking good. Really just getting in to the block sanding. So far he is concentrating
on the sides of the car. When he is happy with how they look, he will move on to the other body panels.
Still waiting on the door patch panels. UPS had them on the truck all day Friday as "Out for Delivery". I guess the driver took to long
for lunch, so they ended up rescheduled for delivery on Monday. The moral of the story is, if you really need a part on time, never use
|8/04/09 Stopped by to deliver the door patch panels. He had given the Vair its first coat of "high build" primer over the epoxy primer.
He had lightly dusted it with black paint to find the low spots while block sanding. The body already looks very straight, compared to
when he started. However the block sanding will find any low spots, that still need attention.
|8/08/09 Here is Corvairs body in its last coat of regular primer. The block sanding is done. One final sanding, and its ready for color.
|8/08/09 Heres the difference the filling, and block sanding has had, on the right rear quarter panel.
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