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Unread 07-18-2010, 08:34 PM   #346
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I forgot to give you guys a picture of the dash after two coats of clear coat.


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Unread 07-19-2010, 03:57 AM   #347
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Mike, man that looks great now.... Definitely big improvement over shooting in your garage... That will be one sweet ride when she is running again.....
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Unread 07-19-2010, 09:27 PM   #348
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Main Tub

I had pretty much hand sanded the entire tub with 800 grit and would have to say it was looking pretty dang nice. I needed just enough white to cover the imperfections and sanding marks. The black stripes were fine so I just taped those off. Here is the driver's side ready for a fresh coat of paint. Notice the gun in the background.


Nice shot of the passenger's side.


Here it is after the first coat of white.


Here it is after two coats of white with the tape removed and ready to be sprayed with clear coat.


Driver's side ready for clear coat.


After the first coat of clear.


Pretty nice shot of the rear.


Shot down the passenger quarter panel.


A nice picture of the front cowl after the fist coat.


I had enough paint to put three coats on the tub so I did. This will give me more material to work with for sanding and buffing if needed. Here it is after three full coats. The pictures all looked about the same so no need to overload you. I did get two small runs in the tub that I'll show how to sand out later.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 04:08 AM   #349
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Looks great Mike..... Shooting the clear heavy enough to flow out really gets you close to running... That was my problem on the couple of runs I had.... You can shoot and looks great, good coverage, no orange peel, come back later and wow where did that come from????? I guess that is where the experience factor comes in....
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Unread 07-20-2010, 08:15 AM   #350
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Your persistence is paying off. It now shows the detail you put into getting the surfaces ready and how nice they turned out. I bet your really relieved now. I would be, shoot I am and it aint even mine.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 11:33 AM   #351
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Very nice Mike
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Unread 07-20-2010, 06:35 PM   #352
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Thanks guys. Yeah Calvin that's exactly what happened. I got two solid coats on and decided to use up the clear and put on a third. I gave it an extra five minutes of flash time and sprayed the third coat. Walked around it twice and everything looked good so I turned on the oven. I went back the next day to pick it up and was like WTH, where did that come from? It was right in the area where I was spraying the rear quarter panel left to right above the wheel opening then switched to up and down right behind the passenger's side door. Where my strokes overlapped is where the runs developed.

Of course I had to sand out the run so when I did, it made that little section perfectly flat and smooth as glass while the rest has the typical amounts of orange peel. Looks like I might be wet sanding, buffing and polishing the entire Jeep if I want it all to match. An extra couple days of labor I wasn't planning on doing but should look like a show car by the time I'm done.
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Unread 07-24-2010, 02:14 PM   #353
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The Hood

The last piece to detail the painting with clear coat is the hood. I had sprayed the bottom with clear and baked it dry then flipped it over to coat the top side. This is after I had sanded off most of the clear from my garage and touched up a few color areas. Here it is ready to be sprayed.


Here it is after two solid coats of clear.


From another angle.


Here is a nice shot of the hood out in the sun. I'm really liking that white!


Unfortunately there was something I missed before I sprayed it with clear. Once I was done and got it out in the sun, I noticed a little white over spray on one of the stripes. I didn't get any pictures of it before I started to sand it off but here it is after the clear coat had been scuffed in that area so I can use an airbrush to touch up the area with black.


So now the entire hood will have to be re-cleared once I get the black touched up with the airbrush. Kind of sucks but not that big of a deal. There is no reason why it shouldn't look as good as in the picture where it is in the back of my truck when I'm done. I just put the hood in a spare bedroom and will forget about it for a while. Sometime over the next couple of months I'll get back to the paint booth to knock that out. I don't need the hood until the very end of assembly so I'm not in any rush to get it done. I'm pretty much sick of dealing with paint at this point and looking forward to working on something different. I might try to plan the last paint booth trip to finish the hood so I can also spray the last of my accessory parts like the fender flares, headlight bezels, hood hinges, etc.,. I had planed to just paint the small parts at home since they are easier to work with but if I have to make another trip to the booth I might as well take full advantage of it.
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Unread 07-24-2010, 02:19 PM   #354
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I am really envious. It is a beautiful build, Mike. The hood looks amazing with the louvers.
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Unread 07-24-2010, 03:21 PM   #355
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i just spent a decent part of my day reading your build lol, i must say you've done a damn good job!
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Unread 07-24-2010, 03:30 PM   #356
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Can't wait to see it put together! Stop biting your nails!
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Unread 07-24-2010, 03:44 PM   #357
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^^^ Yes Mother. I do that when I'm stressed out. As you can tell I have nothing to stress over.

Thanks for the comments guys.
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Moving the hood out of sight and switching gears is a smart move, just make sure you don't exceed the pot life of the leftover paint or you will have to order more...now how would I know that

The white looks very nice in the sun, it would look a hellava lot better if that was my hood
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Unread 07-24-2010, 05:29 PM   #359
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dang. probably looks better than the paint did when it rolled out of the factory
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Unread 07-24-2010, 05:42 PM   #360
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dang. probably looks better than the paint did when it rolled out of the factory
Looks better than the paint did on my TJ when it rolled out of the assembly line, and will likely last a lot longer.
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