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Discussion in 'VN - VP - VG - VQ' started by Geek2.0, Jul 9, 2014.

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    My clearcoat instructions say that it can be compounded after 6 hours hahah
    I think the real issue putting on waxes or sealants too early, but a cut and polish (without the wax) is fine! i think.
     
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    kinda disappointed you ended up going 1k on this job after all the time you spent... should look ok just the same when your done buffing it (which will be never lol, youll be buffing it once a month to keep the gloss up).

    anywho, the nature of 1k is that youll always get some dry spray because the materiel is drying as your spraying it. theres no real way around it. geez i hope you put enough clear on it, looks really dry... least you got your hands dirty....

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    Yeah it was a real shame when spraying to have it not look great after all that effort, but i think it will cut and buff up well, there is a fair bit of clear on there. I had 2 light coats and one heavy coat when i stopped, and i did level it out before spraying again, second attempt was one light coat with two heavy coats. So I'm pretty confident with the amount of clear, deffinetly should be enough to level it out. Only one way to find out!

    I've got very busy with uni all of a sudden, and I've been lucky enough to be lent an old XF ute for a while, so will hopefully finish painting the bumpers and re-assemble everything this weekend. It went in the garage on the 10th of July, so if i can keep it under 2 months i will be happy.
     
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    Awesome job mate, Will definitely look forward to the pics when she is all cut and buffed.

    Top effort.

    Cheers
     
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    No pics for a while, smashed my phone and can't be bothered with the DSLR for the little things.

    My new headlights and front grill arrived from a company called CarsRus, they look really good! Yet to test fitment though.
    I was going to get the glass installed on Friday but the installer wants/needs the windscreen rubbers that still haven't arrived, tried to track them down but rare spares is giving me the run around, hopefully they will get that sorted ASAP.

    Got the car out of the garage today and built some brackets so that i can paint the bumpers, cleaned them and the mirrors up and then primed them. While i was there i painted one of the rear 1/4 windows black, I'll see how it turns out, I suspect i will need a glossier black.

    Will give the bumpers a light block back tomorrow and maybe paint them.
    And at some point pull out the polisher, then there will be pics!
     
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    its sounding awesome mate... shame about the phone... cant wait for the pics....

    Cheers
     
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    i run the headlights grills and taillights in my vp from carsrus. had them fitted for a couple years and still look brand new.


    good work so far.
     
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    Ah brilliant! Good to hear! I found it rather disappointing that rare spares only has a drivers side headlight assembly, i sent them an email and they confirmed that they only sell one headlight haha

    Got the mirrors, bumpers and the other 1/4 window painted. Man i wish i could have painted like that a week ago. Off the gun they have come up looking glossy and deep, all be it with a little bit of orange peel.
    The difference between what i painted today, and last week are crazy, either my technique and ability to set up the gun has improved out of site or my top coat gun's aircap was faulty as I sprayed with the aircap off my primer gun today (because my topcoat aircap clogged). The guns tips and caps are identical, the guy at the paint shop convinced me to buy two because "You'll never clean the primer out".
    After seeing the bumpers I am very disappointed with the body of the car, i started wet sanding and polishing the bonnet (one of the worst panels) and it looks okay, but still no where near where i want it.

    I guess its a learning curve and if after i finish polishing i decide i am really not happy with it I can always have another go. Would be a lot easier second time round!
     
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    thts random that they would only do one side headlight and not the other. spraying is a huge learning curve. but all good fun
     
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    That sounds likes it going to be a cracker car when its all buffed. Good luck with her.
     
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    Pics .... Pics..... lol
     
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    Sorry mate still no pics :p
    My new phone screen was meant to arrive today, so hopefully it will come tomorrow and i can snap some pics!

    What did arrive today was my rare spares shipment, 2 front indicators, antena bezzle, rear window mould, front window mould and abonnet bumper kit. Now that the rubbers arrived i called the windscreen dude and they are coming on thursday!
    Also went and bought all new high quality phillips globes for the new headlights, cost a small fortune!
    Sprayed some "Chrome" on the 1/4 window surrounds, ill see how they look. It will look better than before, but its sure as hell not chrome haha
    Then i started polishing! I think i need some 1200ish grit wet, 1500 was very slow going with the amount of dry spray i had to remove, i did get the small panel under the tailight polished beautifully, looks like a blue mirror! Hopefully the rest of the car will come up the same! I really didnt like cutting with the RO (1500 grit paper), it felt uncontrolled and i couldnt see how far i had got.
     
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    All good about the pics i will eagerly await them..... lol

    i read somewhere if you start with 1200 wet and dry on a rubber block, then once it feels smooth then continue with 1500 and finally finish with 2000 and then polish. Takes a while but the result will be worth it. i have done panels before but never a full car. That same method is what I used on the panels that i have done and they came up really well.
    I will see if i can find some pics of the panels that i done.

    Cheers
     
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    Okay, finally installed my new screen, so pics!

    My phone wasn't the only one getting a new a screen!

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    I had read lots of good reviews of a small local mob called Aussie Windscreens, they were very understanding about the delays of the rubbers, and were fast and well priced, nice blokes and i can't fault there work!

    Here's what the bumpers look like off the gun:

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    And this section of the boot got another coat of clear with the good aircap (because like an idiot i scratched the fresh paint!), you can clearly see the difference in gloss between the two air caps.

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    I tested my theory of a dud air cap on a spare door, sure enough the top coat guns aircap gave much rougher results.


    I painted the sunburnt 1/4 windows black and sprayed some "Chrome" on the strip, colour looks good but its not glossy enough for chrome. I have to redo them anyway (tarp blew into the wet paint) so i think i might put some clear over the "Chrome" paint.

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    Then the polishing began! At this stage im not going for perfection (in fear of going too far).

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    Rear 1/4 is polished, door is off the gun.

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    looking real nice with a polish mate.
     
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    well done mate.... :beer chug:
     
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    Awesome mate job well done !!

    if I can get mine to come out like that I will be wrapped, although mine is white so wont have quite the same effect.

    Although the senator will be a different story as its factory colour is cardinal red.

    Cheers :beer chug:
     
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    love this thread.....I gave mine a home job respray aswell feels good to know you have done it yourself.
     
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    well done sir. polishing will piss you off allot and take you longer than you think. but don't stop till you're happy. because after this you won't want to touch it for a long time.

    also your acrylic will hold out allot better if you keep the car garaged.
     
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    Cheers for all the kind words folks! Its nice to see that people are interested!

    Parking in the garage is difficult, our driveway is only wide enough for one car. We have two cars and the falcon stays at home all day. So to park mine in the garage would mean moving the falcon around every single morning when i leave and putting it away again at night. Both cars get parked under a shade cloth car port and are sheltered by the house. At the end of the day its not an amazing paint job and if it degrades and I end up having to redo it in a few years so be it.


    I'm getting very close to getting the car on the road! Keen as anything to drive it again!
    Everything but the roof has been wet sanded, and everything but the bonnet and the roof have been polished. At this stage im not going for perfection, there is still alot of texture. For now i just need the car back on the road.

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    I stuffed up my masking a bit and got blue paint on the black B pillar covers, so i wet sanded that out and then gave them a polish. Came up looking tops!

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    I also re did the chrome today, did the rear 1/4 windows and the roof drip mold thingo. I tried to put clear coat over the chrome to make it look better but the clear melted the chrome paint hahah.
    Tomorrow i need to finish the polishing and hopefully I'll get some help to put the bumpers back on, then its just a case of re-installing the lights and trim.


    Its been an interesting week, a couple of weeks back i got lent an XF falcon ute (lurking in the background of the pics above). No PS, 3 on the tree, 3 seater bench, carby. Bloody love it. It's playing up though. It started misfiring at idle and then started stalling, it got so bad it would stall when i put the clutch in to shift. I replaced the fuel filter that was total clogged (and like 4 bucks haha) and the air filter and also fixed 4 vacuum leaks. That improved it but its still acting up. I can still hear a vacuum leak and its still missing and stalling sometimes. I think now its only stalling when the rev down (from the vacuum leak) and a misfire occur simultaneously. The leads are stamped 1988 and the spark plugs are the blackest (dry soot) I've ever seen. Aren't old cars fun.
     

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