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Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
8/20/13 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
tuna55 PowerDork
8/20/13 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
ebonyandivory HalfDork
8/20/13 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
bgkast HalfDork
8/20/13 9:24 a.m.

Are you painting the roof or the whole enchilada?

Adrian_Thompson
Adrian_Thompson UberDork
8/20/13 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
motomoron Dork
8/20/13 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.

fidelity101
fidelity101 Dork
8/20/13 9:54 a.m.

or just roll on some tractor paint.

ransom
ransom UberDork
8/20/13 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
Klayfish SuperDork
8/20/13 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
SEADave Reader
8/20/13 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
DrBoost PowerDork
8/20/13 10:16 a.m.

Good for you. Do keep us informed.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy PowerDork
8/20/13 10:21 a.m.

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

(One of my favorite Christian songs)

Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
8/20/13 11:06 a.m.
bgkast wrote: Are you painting the roof or the whole enchilada?

First one, den da other.

Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
8/20/13 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
Javelin MegaDork
8/20/13 11:09 a.m.

In reply to Klayfish:

You nailed it on the head!

Kenny_McCormic
Kenny_McCormic SuperDork
8/20/13 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
amg_rx7 Dork
8/20/13 1:26 p.m.

Having time on your hands is dangerous...

turboswede
turboswede PowerDork
8/20/13 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
SnowMongoose Reader
8/20/13 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
Javelin MegaDork
8/20/13 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
Javelin MegaDork
8/20/13 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
Javelin MegaDork
8/21/13 12:08 a.m.

Y'all ready for this?

Javelin
Javelin MegaDork
8/21/13 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
Trans_Maro UltraDork
8/21/13 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
pinchvalve UltimaDork
8/21/13 8:04 a.m.

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

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