Hi guys, I haven't posted here in a few years. I bought my 79 many years ago on a whim. I was in the shower one spring morning and decided it would be fun to have a muscle car for the summer to rip around in and cause some trouble with then sell it in the fall. I ended up really liking the idea of the car even though I rarely drive it. I fixed up the interior but never got around to doing a proper paint job. It feels naked without the hood bird and I'm hoping that will soon change.
Here's where I'm at so far over the last few years:
After reading that infamous thread on moparts.org that started it all, here is my summary of the foam roller paint job process that I will be following:
prep sand 80
prep sand 100
prep sand 200
prep sand 400
reduce paint - 20% mineral spirits
paint 1st coat
paint 2nd coat
wet sand 600
paint 3rd coat
paint 4th coat
wet sand 800
paint 5th coat
paint 6th coat
wet sand 1000-1500
Last night I picked up a can of "Safety Red" Rustoleum from Home Depot. The color I really wanted was more of a fiery orange/red but I went with "Safety Red" because it was available and I can get another can in 5 years and be fairly certain it will match. I can also buy "Safety Red" rattle can off the shelf for hard to roll spots. My 69 Bronco is rattle-can "Safety Blue":
Last night I removed the trunk lid and started prepping it for paint.
I know I should be stripping it down to metal. I'm sure I will be able to see the transition between metal, original coat and the coat that was put on before I bought it. But this trunk lid is an experiment so we'll see how it turns out. I'm not looking for show quality - just something I'm not embarassed to be seen in.
The Safety Red is coming out better than I expected. It is exactly the red with a bit of orange I wanted in the first place.
this picture is deceiving - it doesn't actually look that good. There are specks and bubbles and some swirl marks are visible from the 80 grit on the orbital sander. Not too sure what to do about those or if they will cover up on the 6th coat.
I went out this morning to put a 2nd coat on but it was still tacky. So thats where I'm at right now. More to come.
(yes, I know its the wrong year decal but I like it better than the 79)