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My paintjob! (Read 19250 times)
May 7th, 2013 at 8:47am

Theo the Venlonaar   Offline
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I still don't know what to do, want to paint the car but the rack also needs a re-chrome. That won't be cheap and in the end I'll never use the rack... How should I close the holes? I want to use glasfiber ofcourse, but must I close the mounting holes from beneath? I think the gastank is in the way, so I have to do it from above Huh
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Reply #1 - May 7th, 2013 at 4:33pm

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Theo
In my opinion to just glass the holes from above wont be the best way to plug the luggage rack holes.  If it were me I would either order a reporduction lugage rack and install it which would be cheaper than rechroming your original.  If you do elect to leave off the rack I think it would be best to remove the gas tank which is not that hard of a job and get up under the back deck and glass mat under the holes so that you have a stiff surface to apply your glass filler to the holes.  We have in the states what is called microballoons [not sure about the spelling] that you can mix with the glass resin for filler.
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Reply #2 - May 8th, 2013 at 2:42am

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I know microballoons, we use it for our gliders at the gliderclub. Must I remove the mufflers To remove the gastank)?

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Reply #3 - May 8th, 2013 at 6:18am

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It depends on how your pipes are run, if the pipes & or your mufflers are below the tank they gotta go. It's not a hard job just takes a little time. I also agree with Rick those holes gotta be sealed from the bottom first. A replacement rack isn't to expensive...$200.00 from Rik's for chrome $230.00 for stainless.
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Reply #4 - May 9th, 2013 at 11:06am

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Meanwhile, not only bothering about the rack, I started to prepare the car for the paintjob... (in the season...)
I took the paint of the T-tops, took me 8 hours... Must find a faster way to get things done!

The red paint was very bad, look at the my roadkill and see what I mean:
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T -tops, both are sanded now:
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I only saw one grey layer beneath the original paint, is that the gelcoat or the primer?
 
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Reply #5 - May 9th, 2013 at 11:42am

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The primer should have been red oxide. You are down to the glass. Some of the panels on the 73 were smc and some were press mold fiberglass. So you have to be carefull what you are making a repair on. The repair uses different chemicals for each system, they don't mix and won't bond to each other for long..  Easy way to tell is press mold glass will be dark. SMC will be an off white.....Gel coat is used on boats and aftermarket hoods. Not original vette panels.............jack
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Reply #6 - May 9th, 2013 at 11:51am

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Jack, no gelcoat on vettes?  Primer red oxide? Beneath the original orange is just one grey layer... Huh
On the other hand, these were the tops, maybe the body shows somehing else
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Reply #7 - May 9th, 2013 at 11:59am
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wow Theo, looks like someone drove that thing thru a razor blade factory. you are definnetly down to the glas on the t-tops and if all of your paint is crackly like that, you have no choice to take it all off. You could do a scuff and primer, wet sand, primer..... but it would take a lot. and you are changing the color right? aren't you going with blue?

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Reply #8 - May 9th, 2013 at 12:36pm

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yes, blue. see my blue GT in my pics
 
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Reply #9 - May 9th, 2013 at 12:47pm

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The spider webs in the paint is typical of lacquer paint drying out over the years. It has to be striped before new paint can be applied.......jack
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Reply #10 - May 9th, 2013 at 3:27pm

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Theo,

I have recently removed all the paint from my 73, and all my pannels are SMC but as Jack said above some 73's used both types of pannels.

If you do decide to remove all the paint I would stay away from the chemical removers.

Tim
 

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Reply #11 - May 10th, 2013 at 11:42am

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Today I used the rasorblade trick, it works well. Although I wanted to cut wood for next winter today, I spent the whole afternoon scratching the paint off. The orange comes off also, but first I've to remove the badges, trim, bumpers etc. and first of all the red paint!
My son is helping ne:
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a complete different car Grin
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Reply #12 - May 10th, 2013 at 1:08pm

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The razor blade works well on dried out lacquer just have to becarefull you don't gouge the glass. Sad Why would they have painted over that beautiful orange? Roll Eyes Looks like you employed some help. Hope you paid him well. I know he will remember that for the rest of his life Cool............jack
 

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Reply #13 - May 10th, 2013 at 2:27pm
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Looking great Theo.  Nice to get your son involved as well.  Won't be long before we have another
blue corvette
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Reply #14 - May 15th, 2013 at 11:39am
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You might want to keep him around Theo. some the nuts and bolts for the bumpers are hard to reach. My mufflers do not move and I had a tough time getting to the bolts on the side of the car that attach the rear bumpers.

Keep us posted with your progress.
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