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    A huge step forward today! All the fiberglass and plastic parts got a double coat of epoxy sealer. Paint often looks slightly different when sprayed over dissimilar surfaces. The epoxy prime seals all those pieces parts no matter what their composition, providing a uniform base for the next coating. Next comes a LOT of wet sanding with 400 grit, then two layers of high build primer, more sanding, and finally the finish coat.

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    As is always the case with painting, prep work is 90% of the job. Each piece was arranged on a platform. Those that needed to be raised off the platform so all paintable surfaces could be reached required on-the-spot jigs made out of scrap lumber. Then each piece was wiped down with pre-cleaner, then a tack cloth to ensure all contaminants were removed. The cockpit and trunk of the tub were carefully masked off

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    And then the spraying began. I'm not an experienced painter and this was by far my biggest project attempted. There were a few runs, especially in the recess of the air scoop which proved particularly difficult to maneuver the spray gun near, but overall I was very happy with the results. I missed a few spots on the first coat, but got them on the second. And sure enough there were several pinholes that I'd missed during the sanding process that taunted me with a vindictive "Neener, neener, neener!" I'll have to go back with polyester glaze during the next sanding phase.

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    When I was done, and the paint booth was on the bake cycle, I stood outside the booth and noticed the perfect symmetry of the frontal view. It stopped me in my tracks! After all that work eliminating the recessed headlight and trim piece, the reflection off that work of art was simply stunning!

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    Nice article in the ON magazine this month on Glenlivet's ride.
    The lion does not even bother to turn his head when he hears the small dog barking.

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    Wow, it is really looking good!
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    Really wondering if Tulliver is beginning to have some misgivings about giving up this sweet ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powwow View Post
    Really wondering if Tulliver is beginning to have some misgivings about giving up this sweet ride.
    The old dog truly appears to be enjoying his retirement.

    There will be a break in my sidecar updates as Iím starting yet another sanding phase. While some of you appear fascinated by sanding, Iím not. Will resume updates when I get back to the exciting stuff. For the next week or so, this is my life.

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    Guide coat applied over epoxy primer.

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    Wet sanding with 400 grit removes the guide coat from good areas while highlighting pinholes and low spots. Because of my attention to detail there were no low spots, but tiny pinholes that I missed on inspection now show up like craters.

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    Closeup view of some of the pinholes revealed by the primer. These will be filled by skimming with polyester fill (glaze), then wet sanded. When I finish the tub there are several smaller parts that need the same remediation. Finally, when all the pinholes are gone, all the parts go back into the paint booth for two coats of high build primer, more wet sanding, then the finish coats: base coat, pearl coat, and two layers of clear coat.

    Oh, and let's not forget about the subframe. On the bright side, that won't require a show quality finish!
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    It's been a few days of sanding so I figured I'd catch you up on my progress. After sanding the second coat of epoxy sealer and still finding pinholes I’d missed, I used an 18” LED lamp held at an angle to make the little craters more visible. That worked well, and I was able to find and fill with polyester glaze several more. With all the spot repairs, the tub reminded me of my youth when Mom dabbed calamine lotion over my chickenpox spots so I would stop scratching.

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    But thanks to that bright light I think I got them all this time. After wet sanding the repairs, they look like the photo below. Each of those white spots would have been a miniature crater in the finish coat, but with them filled with glaze they'll be undetectable under the primer. Note to self: good lighting held at an angle is essential for finding defects.

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    The parts were again wet sanded with 400 grit, then back to the paint booth for two coats of high build primer. If I manage to wet sand this (600 grit) without sanding through yet again, the next step will be paint

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    I've been pouring over paint chips from foreign and domestic auto makers. I was captivated by the Porsche Yellow Saffron Metallic, but it's proprietary. While Miyagi-San could replicate it pretty close, a four step custom paint would be extremely difficult to touch up in the event of damage from stones...which is pretty much inevitable the way I travel. I thought of solid yellows like the Millenial Yellow used on Corvettes, but I like a bit of pearl. As luck would have it, Nissan uses a really pretty Solar Flare Pearl on their 2018/19 Titans that's very close to the color I started with. Checking the formula, the shop has all the ingredients that go into it. I might lighten it up a bit, and perhaps add a bit more pearl, but it looks like that formula will be my baseline.
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    If you have areas on your rig that are particularly vulnerable to paint scratches/chips, 3M makes a protective film that works great. I use in on the entrance areas such as rocker panels and door edges on my vehicles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    If you have areas on your rig that are particularly vulnerable to paint scratches/chips, 3M makes a protective film that works great. I use in on the entrance areas such as rocker panels and door edges on my vehicles.
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    I tried that once before, but the most frequent impacts are on the top of the nose in front of the windscreen...and with that hard compound angle on the leading edge I could never anchor the film enough that the wind didn't tear it off within 50 miles. The last time I used it the film ripped off and stuck to the windshield of a Toyota that had been tailgating me. While it is difficult to get a good looking repair with pearl or metallic paint, I really like the look. The original paint was a pearl and it did get damaged over the course of 7 years and 85,000 miles. Those who have seen my rig in person will remember the vinyl dog paw prints across the nose of the tub. What most don't realize is that they were placed to cover up chips in the paint caused by stone impacts. The photo below shows three of those hits completely hidden by paws.

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    Sanding is going well, and the tub is about done. I’ll have to go over it lightly with 600 grit again the day before the painting process begins, but in the meantime there are several smaller parts to prep. But the fun part of today’s work was painting the swaybar bright red. It fits inside a tube so will never be seen, but I’ll know it’s there and will feel good about it. Sort of like when you wear red underwear you know the day’s ride will be a fast one!

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