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Struggling…
When I put the covers on the body shell late on Wednesday night the paint felt very solid to the touch.

But I guess because it remained pretty hot overnight the foam pads I added to my wooden tonneau cover left a mark.



An inspection of the body shell revealed a few areas where I didn't put enough paint on.



Thankfully, there was not a single area with any major paint cracking.

Unfortunately, there were lots of areas with small scale ripples.



Now the idea behind using this truck coat paint was great in theory…

Apply a single thick coat and then flat/cut/polish into a great shine.

I could see this in action on one of the aero humps, where some gentle rubbing with 400 grit gave me this.



Not in strict time order, but when this area was wiped down it was as smooth as it looked.



However, in practise the rest of the car is very lumpy and looks like this after some hard sanding down.



It does get better if you throw more effort at it.



Apart from the areas which go straight through to the undercoat.

So by the time I'd wiped the whole car down it was looking very old indeed.









By the end of the sanding session I'd also managed to wear away a small section of my little finger.
( Obviously rubbing paint dust into the open wound was bound to help the healing process. )



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Friday - Part 2:
As soon as I started painting the body shell, the sun suddenly appeared and the temperature rose.





So whilst this may look good from a distance, another rash of ripples has already appeared in the fresh paint.

Then it was back to the tent, where I decided to go back a step on a few areas that had reacted badly again.

So the bonnet and the boot lid were given a mixed of high build primer and patches of BRG.





Getting trapped in this Groundhog Day of 'repair and repaint' is pretty soul destroying really.

The only crumb of comfort I had was the reflection from the bonnet bulge.



This shows that it is certainly possible to get a shiny finish.

However, I am now having serious doubts about what level of finish I can achieve for the car as a whole.

But I'll worry about that another day, take care, Paul.
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Paul, what are you cleaning your brushes in, wondering if that might be causing the reaction. Some of the rippling is reminiscent of laying on the paint a bit too thick, but I'm certainly no expert in this field.

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JG - Hi John,

I've used different brushes for each paint layer and both cleaned them in thinners and used brand new ones.
( To check if the cleaning process was the problem. )

I think is probably a combination of the outside temperature and its impact on paint thickness .

As yesterday the driveway was hotter than the tent and the problems are on the body shell.

Whereas, the other day the tent was hotter than the drive and the problems were on the bonnet.

So I will try one last time to fix and repaint the body shell in the shade / low heat.

Or I will adopting a 'survivor' look to get me back on the road.

Cheers, Paul.
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