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1973 Gremlin Project.... "The Demise of Sanity"

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Thanks Joe...
I know I'll getter done...
It's the primer that I put over the epoxy primer that's rather rough. I'm not worried about the epoxy. That went on really nice and curred very well. It was when I went to the 2k high build primer that's rough. And that's when I started to have problems. It was the heat of the day by the time I got to the 2k. And I was having compressor problems too. My compressor is getting rather worn out.
I will get back at this in a couple of days. Gonna let things get good and dry first.

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Tester size...
Single stage acrylic... 











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Woooo! I got goosebumps all over lookin' at your sweet '73 gettin' ready for paint: wow, way to go man! -That's my favorite car in the whole world right there! (Gremlins make such good hot rods)

Thanks for showing the pics.
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Door hinges...!!! 
Purchased a rebuilt pair from a forum member a couple of years ago that had been rebuilt and ready to go. Got to looking at them and they'd been drilled out and replaced with something other then original pieces and they were loose. The fit between the bushing and the hinge was the culprit. It was terrible. 
Installed a set that I got from Kennedy and they fit like a glove in the original hinges. 
Now just waiting on pins and bushings from Kennedy to put these puppies together. 
Gremlin has been drying in the sun for the past couple of days. Going to start block sanding tonight when it cools down a little bit. 


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Nice color choice, the Caravelle Blue is a pretty color in my book.  You have done some great work, congrats on the final stretch!
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Still has grey primer on it, so I guess it came out all right. (I think) 
And it's smooth too..!!! Big smile
Started late last night and finished up early this morning. Now comes the blow off/wipe and put back in the garage until I can get the air compressor problem(s) figured out and the afternoon thunderstorms roll through. And until I can get my air compressor problem(s) fixed, I am pretty much at a stand still. (except for lots of hand sanding)
We are going to have at least a couple more coats 2k primer and block sand. 
I will probably hit everything again with some 320 grit. I used 220 to get the roughness off and I already know that there are little spots that will need some attention. 




I didn't bother to put primer on the inside of the roof. In fact most of the interior I probably wont touch except where it will be visible. Door jams, the very rear panels and that's about it. I also didn't think it was needed on the old undercoating that I didn't take off either. Figured I would just go over it with something else along the lines of under coating. Interior seams will all be re-sealed too. 



Still kicking around paint options. I am not sure if I want to just single stage it or do a 2 stage with clear. I think it will look much nicer with a 2 stage paint job, but I'm afraid my painting skills may not be up to it. 
The single stage acrylic that I have a sample of is 250.00 a gallon. Ouch
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The thing about base/clear is it's a lot easier to spray. Or rather it's easier to fix things like runs in the clear.

I used both -- a single stage inside, door jambs, and under hood which I sprayed myself. Used the same color in base/clear for the outside, but let a body shop spray it -- I just sprayed the primer, shop looked it over and told me what spots needed more work. His helper went over it with me (both of us working on it) for a couple hours fixing those spots he didn't like with a pro rattle can prier where touch-ups were necessary.

At least put some paint under the roof. It CAN draw moisture and rust. I'd throw a coat of primer on too, just don't worry so much about sanding and making smooth since it will be covered -- just enough for paint to stick.

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Thanks Frank..!!!
Oh, it's got paint on it. It's white epoxy primer. I was having such a hard time with everything that night, I didn't really want to mess with it then. It will get some primer on it the next time I can get things ready for another shoot. And you are right, it did draw moisture at some point and the inside of the roof did have some surface rust. 
Part of the problem is that I can not flip the car in the garage. I have to push the car out then flip it over. With wet paint and a gravel driveway, I didn't think it'd be a good idea. 
I can remember sanding the inside of the roof with my D.A. and some 80 grit. It was like a big a$$ed drum. My neighbors love me...!!!  Confused
And by the looks of this, the inside of the roof didn't have paint on it from the factory. Look in the corner where there is factory paint. There is no rust where that little corner of paint is. 


Found out last night that the paint that I have chosen, isn't the easiest to spray either. From what little I have done with a rattle can, (motor and small parts) I already knew that... Big smile
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