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Old 2nd September 2017, 18:14
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Saturday - Part 2:
I also added primer to the damaged areas on both corners of the wind deflector lip.





Note:
This was applied thickly to build up the 'holes' and the surrounding areas will be sanded back before a coat of BRG goes on.

I then left the paint to dry on the front drive and headed to the Summer House.

Where I could see the Yellow/Green contrast on the inside of the boot lid.



Note: I didn't bother to add an extra coat of yellow to these areas, as they will not be on show.

It actually took me quite a long time to flat back the 'sunny side' of the boot lid.



I had just enough free time to continue the sanding on the driver's side.



I also made a first pass over the rear humps.



Last job of the day was to put some high build primer on a damaged area of the boot lid.





Just before I put the covers on for the night I took this photo.



Unfortunately I couldn't get the whole car in the photo and the yellow masking tape is still in place…

However, I think it is fair to say the car should look pretty good by the time I'm finished.

I know I will not reach a professional standard finish, but it will be good enough for me.

So until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 2nd September 2017, 18:18
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Is that what is known as "Fly Yellow"?

Make sure you put a few coats of yellow on because if you need to put another coat on later you will never be able to get the masking tape in the same position and you will get a ridge.
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Old 2nd September 2017, 18:29
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I BET IT FELT GOOD PUTTING HER LIPSTICK ON ...It's amazing what a difference touches like that can make ...both to the look of the car and your morale ....nearly there ...
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Old 2nd September 2017, 20:23
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Closer, closer, and closer! Good work Paul, looking good.
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Old 3rd September 2017, 14:10
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Jag - At least it wasn't a really hot/sunny day, or there would have been a swam of bugs in the paint.

My plan is to keep the yellow masking tape in place until the final round of yellow paint goes on.

I know the yellow nose band will have a few straight edges/angles in it, but I can live with that.

Gary - It is funny just how good seeing the yellow paint go on made me feel.

I know it is just a little touch, but is does confirm I am really on the home stretch of this build now.

Plus, it was a good excuse to look at lots of great photos from Goodwood.



Moulleur - Cheers.

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Still Chipping Away:
One of those days where I was only going to get a short while on the car, but every hour helps.

For those who like photos of the sky above, this is what the clouds were doing.



So I just uncovered the rear end of the car.



And focused my attention to the area around the rear humps.



Thankfully, all of the 'white' spots in the photo are just reflections.

Although the sanding did reveal one paint chip near the petrol cap hole.



The good news is that doesn't need a coat of primer, just a drop of BRG.

By the time the first spots of rain arrived, the area was still a work in progress, but was definitely smoother.



Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 9th September 2017, 13:36
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Little, But Not Often Enough:
It has been a pretty wet week here.



And I've had to bail out the cover both in the morning going to work and in the evening coming home.

I only had a little free time today, so I started by flatting back the yellow nose band.

Which left yellow specs of dust all over the place.



I think the cover pulled everything on top of the paint so it was a bit rough in places.

And I've ended up going through the yellow in a few places.





I then spent the rest of my time working on the area around the rear humps.



The paint also broke through here in places. but I don't mind it on the metal ring / rivets.



At some point I will try to finish this area off so I can refit the petrol cap.

As that will allow me to restart the engine for the first time in ages.

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 10th September 2017, 13:04
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A little is still better than nothing.
Had a late night last night with friends in Oxford for a rather damp BBQ.

And the leaves starting to appear on my driveway are a sure sign Autumn is upon us.



So I really need to use what little time I have and keep chipping away.

Most of the car has now been flatted back to an initial stage that ends up looking like this.



It then takes quite a bit of effort to get it to the next level of smoothness.

Today I was concentrating on the rear corner of the driver's side.



But I hadn't take all the covers off as the sky looked like this overhead.



So I had to call it a day when the first few drops of rain arrived.

I've now got to spend some time doing 'real' work before a family meal this evening.

With a bit of luck, I'll be able to do a bit more during the week.

Take care, Paul.

PS
Great to see what JeffH was able to do with the the Formosa 120 gr.



I guess I am in the odd position of being able to afford to get a professional finish, but have chosen an amateur one.

But this build has always been about what I am capable of doing myself, even if I do wish I could work faster!
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Paul, great job! Time is a relative term, the more relatives, the less time.
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Ahhh you've got to the fill/paint/sand/repeat phase!

Based on my expereinces of learning to do this on my Sammio exactly the same way as you are, I wish you and your sanity all the best!
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Old 16th September 2017, 10:32
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Moulleur - Unfortunately, the last 20% of the smoothness takes 80% of the time/effort.

Dave - Thanks, as my sanity is definitely being tested today.

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Bloody Weather!
I've had a really busy week with work and just couldn't line up spare time with dry weather in the evenings.

Started the latest round of flatting back this morning…





Only for yet another 'shower' to arrive (you can see the drops of rain in the photo above).

So it was back on with the covers.



At times like this I really do despair at home long even the smallest jobs take me.

Anyway, I'm sitting here in my work clothes and will head back out later if I get the chance.

Cheers, Paul.
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Frustrating indeed! Just keep at it as you can, all will be good eventually. Patience belong in hospitals though.
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Old 16th September 2017, 15:05
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Moulleur - Now that Mister Towed's has been sold there is no rush to finish.

Well, apart from the fact my finger tips hurt and I really want the car back on the road.

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Just one of those days…
I did venture out to do a bit more sanding.

The area around the petrol cap is definitely getting there.



In fact, the whole back end is slowly getting there.



But I'd forgotten that there is still quite a bit of work to do at front too.



I also sanded down the high build primer on the repair patches.









But I then felt a sudden drop in temperature and, sure enough, my time was up.



Unfortunately, I had only just started to wipe the car down when the rain arrived.

So the car and the covers all got a few drops on them.



At this point, I take the weather as a sign that my day is done.

So until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 16th September 2017, 15:48
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Paul, try a bit of masking tape on your fingertips. Works for me!
I also use a soft sanding sponge or a kitchen sponge to wrap a piece of sandpaper around.
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Moulleur - Thanks for the tips.

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Cutting My Loses:
With rain in the forecast, I couldn't take the chance of painting, as it wouldn't be dry in time for the covers to go back on.

And the sky over head also didn't give me much confidence that I would get a decent run at the sanding either.

So I just peeled back the covers from the rear.



Then I mixed up some fibreglass filler and used it along the slight crack on the underside of the boot floor.
( The fresh filler is green and the grey is where the etch primer was previously applied. )



Not easy to work on, or get a decent photo of, but this was part of the damage caused when the car fell off the jacks.

Originally, I had to bridge the gap between the metal floor of the boot and the fibreglass body shell.

I did this by bonding in a series of plywood panels which was then covering in fibreglass matting.

The crack appeared where the outside edges of the fibreglass overlapped the boot floor.

So there is no structural damage, but I just wanted to seal it all up before adding some Tetroseal.

I then made a token start on removing the masking tape from the boot rain channel.

Unfortunately, this is all a bit of a mess as I've left tape on too long.



I had also changed the height of the join between the paint in the rain channel and the body work.

So I now have a black, grey primer & BRG in a row.



Anyway, there is some family stuff going on shortly, so that takes priority over everything else.

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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From Dawn 'Til Dusk:
I am really running out of time to finish this paint job, as even now September is drawing to a close.

So I was up and out as the sun was gently rising in the East this morning.



I then left my small tin of yellow paint in a bowl of warm water.



While I peeled off the covers and applied some fresh 'normal' masking tape around the edge of the yellow tape.



I'd also made a dripping mess of the inside of the nose opening when applying the first coat.



I'll come back and remove the yellow another day, but for now, I just added some tape over the top.



I then applied the second coat of yellow.





I had to put my faith in the weather forecast and simply leave the front end uncovered all day.



Unfortunately, I made the mistake of taking a last look at the nose as I headed off for work at 7.50am.

As there were too HUGE running in the paint, where gravity, the slope of the nose & my poor painting technique had combined.

Still, at least I didn't have my camera with me and the street lights were already on by the time I got home at 7.30pm.

So I just pulled the covers back over and will prep this for a third coat as soon as I get the chance.

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Looking great, Paul. I rather like the matt look. Have you thought about just giving a good coat of polish as it is?
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Really looking good!
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