Javelin MegaDork
Aug. 20, 2013 8:39 a.m.

SWMBO has the kids camping with the fam for 3 days while I'm stuck at work. So what do I do with my first afternoon to myself?

Sand all the dam paint off my car, of course! It gets worse, I also decided I could hackjob body-panel repair the front fender, took the tallights out, re-bondoed the quarter panel seams, fixed the hood dent, busted a headlight (berk me that sucked), and started painting the thing.

Yeah, you heard me: paint

I'm probably going to regret this.

tuna55 PowerDork
Aug. 20, 2013 9:01 a.m.

I regretted sanding the paint off the GMC, but mostly because of what I found underneath, I wish you better luck!

ebonyandivory HalfDork
Aug. 20, 2013 9:03 a.m.

Have no regrets attempting something big. Only regret having never tried. There's almost nothing you can do that can't be undone/redone.

See the "when men were men" thread!

bgkast HalfDork
Aug. 20, 2013 9:24 a.m.

Are you painting the roof or the whole enchilada?

Adrian_Thompson UberDork
Aug. 20, 2013 9:28 a.m.

Awesome Jav, go for it. I'm not an AMC fan, but your car is a great inspration to me.

Just the roof, the whole thing? rattle can? roller?

Come on dude we need dsetails and more details with lots of pics. You know the drill!

motomoron Dork
Aug. 20, 2013 9:41 a.m.
  • Bare metal anyplace it's not really nice.

  • Epoxy etch prime everywhere

  • Build prime, guide coat/block/repeat.

  • Sealer!

  • Base/clear, or.

  • Dupont Nason Fulthane 2k single stage urethane, aka, my new favorite thing.

Aug. 20, 2013 9:54 a.m.

or just roll on some tractor paint.

ransom UberDork
Aug. 20, 2013 10:02 a.m.

It sounds like you're well on schedule; I get the impression you may already be at regret and working your way toward awesome... I can't remember where denial or grief are in the steps, so brace yourself.

Klayfish SuperDork
Aug. 20, 2013 10:10 a.m.

Is it going to be like one of those makeover shows? Wife leaves for a few days, comes home and the car is completely rebuilt? Oh wait, you were supposed to rebuild the kitchen and got sidetracked, didn't you...

Better get moving, you've got 2 days until the family returns and progress stops. Ask me how I know about that...

SEADave Reader
Aug. 20, 2013 10:13 a.m.

You seem like a really skilled guy. I bet this is going to turn out better than you hoped. Bodywork seems really intimidating to me, I really respect folks who can do it.

DrBoost PowerDork
Aug. 20, 2013 10:16 a.m.

Good for you. Do keep us informed.

Datsun310Guy PowerDork
Aug. 20, 2013 10:21 a.m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuJWQzjfU3o JK - you can do it!

(One of my favorite Christian songs)

Javelin MegaDork
Aug. 20, 2013 11:06 a.m.
bgkast wrote: Are you painting the roof or the whole enchilada?

First one, den da other.

Javelin MegaDork
Aug. 20, 2013 11:08 a.m.
Adrian_Thompson wrote: Awesome Jav, go for it. I'm not an AMC fan, but your car is a great inspration to me. Just the roof, the whole thing? rattle can? roller? Come on dude we need dsetails and more details with lots of pics. You know the drill!

Thanks! I'm glad somebody is inspired by my rolling turdpile!

I'm starting with the roof, but also doing the rear filler panel, and the left front corner (which is now slightly less bashed in).

I've managed to nearly perfectly match the faded Trans Am Red (now orangish) and in a rattle can. I'm going as smooth as possible, but expecting mistakes. I will be polishing the rest of the paint out so the car will be a 50/50 (look good at 50 feet and 50MPH) and look like all original paint.

Javelin MegaDork
Aug. 20, 2013 11:09 a.m.

In reply to Klayfish:

You nailed it on the head!

Kenny_McCormic SuperDork
Aug. 20, 2013 11:26 a.m.

If you want it to be authentic, remember to do it a little drunk, otherwise it will come out nicer than it was when new.

amg_rx7 Dork
Aug. 20, 2013 1:26 p.m.

Having time on your hands is dangerous...

turboswede PowerDork
Aug. 20, 2013 1:35 p.m.
Javelin wrote: Thanks! I'm glad somebody is inspired by my rolling turdpile!

Turdpile? Compared to a Mansory, its epically beautiful. On its own, it is simply suhweet.

SnowMongoose Reader
Aug. 20, 2013 1:42 p.m.
Javelin wrote: Thanks! I'm glad somebody is inspired by my rolling turdpile!

Yeah, there's more than one somebody.
If I apply now, can I intern with you next summer?

Javelin MegaDork
Aug. 20, 2013 2:08 p.m.
SnowMongoose wrote:
Javelin wrote: Thanks! I'm glad somebody is inspired by my rolling turdpile!

Yeah, there's more than one somebody.
If I apply now, can I intern with you next summer?

Sure! I'm willing to teach anybody how to (barely) keep an a certified American classic (reminder of how bad build quality was in 1973...) including such things as bodywork (bondo application and wailing on metal with a hammer), engine tuning (RTV'ing leaks and randomly turning screws on a carburetor), and upholstery (duct taping rips)!

Javelin MegaDork
Aug. 20, 2013 2:08 p.m.
turboswede wrote:
Javelin wrote: Thanks! I'm glad somebody is inspired by my rolling turdpile!

Turdpile? Compared to a Mansory, its epically beautiful. On its own, it is simply suhweet.

Thanks man!

Javelin MegaDork
Aug. 21, 2013 12:08 a.m.

Y'all ready for this?

Javelin MegaDork
Aug. 21, 2013 12:10 a.m.

El fin!

Now I have to polish out the rest of the (old) paint, polish the wheels, and go to the car show and cruise. Berk yeah!

(slurps on the well earned Deschutes River Ale)

Trans_Maro UltraDork
Aug. 21, 2013 1:01 a.m.

No matter how much work you do, it'll still be an AMC

J/K

Lookin good man, I always liked the lines on the Javelin.

pinchvalve UltimaDork
Aug. 21, 2013 8:04 a.m.

That's amazing! That Mustang II (uncool) now looks just like an AMC Javelin (cool). Wow!

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