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Old 9th August 2017, 20:13
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Where's Noah?
There has been so much rain today I am half expecting to see an ark sail past my car.

Cheers, Paul.
I just saw him on the M1 heading south ..........should be with you shortly!
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Old 12th August 2017, 16:29
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Peterux - I would not have fancied driving in that rain.

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The Final Countdown - Part 1:
Finally lined up some spare time with some dry weather and finished off the sanding.

There was one big run on the boot lid, although the photos are not great.





The rest of the boot lid was given a once over.



Plus the headlight rims and rear view mirror screen bracket.



At which point the sky went black overhead and I really thought my time was up.



Thankfully, whilst the clouds kept coming and going, the rain held off.

On the front drive, I tackled several paint drops on the bonnet / body shell.





Eventually all the real high spots had been removed from the body shell and bonnet.





So, fingers crossed, I will be able to put the final coat of BRG on tomorrow.

Note:
I need to start the painting early to give me the best chance of the paint drying before the covers go back on.

End of Part 1…
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Old 12th August 2017, 16:29
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The Final Countdown - Part 2:
With the 'sunny side' almost sorted, I turned my attention the the underside of the car.

When the rear wheel tracking was set up, the original control arms were replaced with longer alternatives.

I was happy for second hand parts to be used, but forgot they had not been prepped/painted.

So both arms now look like this.



So there were sanded down.



Before some Kurust was applied.



Whilst it looks like blue paint in the above photo, it dries black.



So these just need to be painted before the wheels go back on.

The other big job underneath was sorting out the mess caused when the car fell off the jacks.

I'd previously hammered out the dents from the boot floor, but this had left some cracks in the Tetroseal.

So I worked my way around the underside of the boot floor removing any cracked Tetroseal.

Then save any exposed metal a coat of Kurust while I had that out.

This was the only section bright enough to get a half decent photo of.



Unfortunately, I also spotted a small crack in the cockpit on the passenger side.

Now this was small enough to get back on the road with and sort out later.

But instead I started hacked at it with a screwdriver until I'd made a huge mess.



Final job of the day was to wipe down/tack off everything on the sunny side.





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Great Paint Expectations:
If I am being brutally honest I've reached the point where I just don't have any.

As I ended up putting a lot of time and effort into a paint job that can only aspire to be average at best.

But the good news is that it will do and I really want to stop working on the car now and get back to driving it.

In the end I will have proved you can both build a car outside and paint it too.

However, the real question is why would anyone want to?

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 12th August 2017, 17:12
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Looks good Paul
I know how hard it is to build out in all weathers but it can be done.

Going back to the start of this build you never knew what skills you had and it was a dream to drive a sports car that you had built from scratch.

Along the way this became far more involved than you could ever have guessed and at each step we watched as you tackled it.

Im sure that you have learnt as much about yourself as you have the automotive skills and im sure friends, neighbours and loved ones look at you in a new light.

Looking forward to seeing the yellow details being added.
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Old 13th August 2017, 11:40
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Roadster - Thanks mate.

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Saturday Evening:

Pruned the wall of my al fresco paint booth to give me a bit more space.



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Sunday Morning:
Was tip-toeing around the house to avoid waking my family up.

But this allowed me to be all set up for painting before 8am.





Then there was a final round of wiping down and tacking off before I could start painting.

Unfortunately, I had a complete nightmare with the final coat, as it just would not go on smoothly.

So all I can say at this point is that there is definitely more BRG paint on the car, but it is pretty rough.
( The photos make it look miles better than it is in reality. )













End of Part 1…
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Old 13th August 2017, 11:42
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Part 2:
As well as the sunny side, I also painted over the scratches on the inside of bonnet.
( Caused by the collapse of the 'circus tent' in high winds. )

Before:



After:



This time I remembered to put a block on wood in place to stop the bonnet sticking to the body shell.
( Although I will not be lowering the bonnet until the end of the day. )



I even found something to wrap it in to reduce the risk of scratching the paint.



Now I just need the weather forecast of a dry day to be correct.

Until next time, take care, Paul.

PS
I'd leant one of my regular dust sheets to my daughter while she is painting a project for school.

So I had to drag this one out from the back of the Summerhouse and the blue circles caught my eye.



As this was when I originally painted the headlight rims light blue.



I found the photo above on Page #5 of this thread, which equates to September 2012.

So here I am today still painting the headlight rims, a month shy of five years on.
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Old 13th August 2017, 11:49
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Paul,

first and foremost well done for keeping this going. Whatever it comes up like in BRG it will be so much better than keeping it in primer. You have a good weather covering now and when it is back together will look the business.

i expect it has almost made you lose sight of what you wanted. But remember you did build and paint it - on the drive !

get it dry and back together and do what you deserve right now - drive it !!!!

best wishes

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Old 13th August 2017, 15:29
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I will echo Dave's comments!
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Old 13th August 2017, 18:02
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As stated above, leave it a bit, mop it and in the meantime, ENJOY IT. I'll wager that nobody will ever raise an issue un-prompted about any of the reservations you have.
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Old 13th August 2017, 20:31
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Dave, Molleur & Barber - Cheers chaps.

The support I've had from this forum over the years really has helped me get this far.

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Difficult Decision Time:
I removed all the dust sheets from around the car and it did look good in the sunshine.





Which means I have now decided that I will take the long and winding road to the finish, rather than a short cut.

So tomorrow morning I will order some more BRG so I can add another coat of paint to what I have.

This will give me the reassurance that the cut and polish stage will not break through to the primer.

The good news is that this will give me a better finish in the long run.

The bad news is that I will not be back on the road when the MOT runs out in a few weeks.

However, in the great scheme of things another few weeks in a five year build is neither here nor there.

Although I know I will be frustrated waiting for the weather and my spare time to line up for another coat.

But I am going to stick with it and hope that all the effort will be worth it in the end.

Cheers, Paul.
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Remember that night time temperatures can plummet and morning dew can kick in any time now.
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Congratulations. I simply know that you will persevere.
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Old 15th August 2017, 06:39
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Barber – I was woken up at 5.30am this morning by the sound of rain lashing down outside.

So I know that August is disappearing quickly and my painting ‘window’ will only extend a few more weeks.

Therefore I plan to get the car back on the road in September whether I get an extra coat of paint on, or not.

Then I will just drive it over the Winter and have another go at finishing the paint in late Spring.

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Molleur – Thanks, although this has proven to be a real test of my endurance.

Part of me really wants to throw the towel in and just accept a poor paint job as anything is better than primer.

Especially as I have spent so long convincing myself that the ‘warts and all’ nature of my build just doesn’t matter.
( The amazingly positive reaction the car gets either on the road or parked on my driveway confirms this. )

But the other part of me really wants to achieve a half decent paint finish, not perfect, but better than it is now.

Cheers, Paul.
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Old 15th August 2017, 19:15
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you will get there Paul, hang in there is all.
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Old 19th August 2017, 12:35
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Molleur - I might be hanging on by my fingertips, but I'm definitely hanging on.

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Saturday Morning Painting Show:
With apologies to Elvis Presley…

"It's now or never,
Hold my brush tight
Paint me my darling,
But be dry by tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
It's now or never
My car won't wait."


My wife's brother is coming over from Ireland tomorrow and staying for a week.

So I have a pile of chores to do today, including relocating all the parts sitting in the dining room.



Despite the thunder and lightening of yesterday, today's forecast was dry.

My morning also started well, as I was looking at the latest photos of Mr T's car.



So I took my chances and started with a gentle flatting back of the previous coat.





Then there was the usual round of wiping down and tacking off.

Before I had a minor shock when I opened the box with the paint in it to and saw "Bronze" instead of "Brunswick".



Thankfully that appears to have been just a typo, although it is hard to get a decent photo of the colour.
( The paint is reflecting the grey of my sweatshirt. )



Although, to be honest, even if it had been bronze green (whatever that is) I would have probably used it anyway.

I bought an extra 2.5 litres this time, so I could make sure the inside of the bonnet was one shade of BRG too.



Unfortunately, in my case, I really think that "Practise makes no difference whatsoever".

As I appeared to be able to create "lime peel" almost as will.

Still, the whole point of this coat was to ensure I would have enough paint to sand back.







One down side of yesterday's rain was I couldn't set the boot lid up on the grass.



So, given how windy it is today, I expect to be picking leaves out of the paint later.



Which means that unless I do something stupid during the sanding down stage, the BRG painting is finished.

Right, I better go and do my chores, so until next time, take care, Paul.
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"As I appeared to be able to create "lime peel" almost as will."

If Fatbloke can deal with it, so can you. Here's hoping.
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Barber - I was actually thinking about Fatbloke's lemon peel this morning.

So I will be going back through his thread at some point to pick up some flatting back tips.

Thankfully, some areas of the paintwork appear to have settled down better than others.



Although, I am sure there will still be a LOT of sanding required to achieve a smooth (ish) surface.

But I've still got the odd chore left to do before put the covers on for the night.

So I'd better go, cheers, Paul.
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Old 20th August 2017, 15:01
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Watching Paint Dry…
Even though the paint was touch dry yesterday, the weight of the covers still causes the dust sheet to stick in places.

So this morning, I removed all the covers again to let the paint air dry a bit longer.



Any slight marks made by the dust sheets will be sanded back anyway, so no real harm done.

Cheers, Paul.
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Looking good Paul so close now just the final push now and it will be all sorted.
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Old 22nd August 2017, 20:35
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I'd give that paint several days to fully cure before sanding on it.
Looking good, progress at last!
Congrats Paul, well done.
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