Ready to fill and prime

This is the point I have been waiting to get to. It’s the point where I know that I will be done within a week. The job will be going back to the customer for painting and the final assembly and, will likely be on the road by fall.      What I have spent the last few days doing is patching the rust in the driver’s door and over the door on the passenger side as well as fitting the left rear fender and installing the support brace on the back side of it. The filling, sanding, and priming is really my favorite […] Read more »

Painting the Roadster

Well I finally reached the point on the ’29 Ford Roadster where I originally thought I would begin – Just sanding and slinging the spray gun. Of course there is an order to the process. I always think that the smaller the area painted, the less effort any mistakes will take to correct. The first thing I did was make sure the underneath of all the panels and the wheelhouses were covered with paint and protected. I did this with the urethane paint that went on the bottom and inside the body. The next step for me was painting the […] Read more »

The Guide Coat

The right quarter panel took quite a bit more work than the left did. After block sanding, priming, and guide coating, the final sanding to make sure there are no sand scratches or waves in the panel is ready to begin. I’ve chosen to wet sand simply because I think it makes for a cleaner workspace but dry sanding works as well. I’m starting wih 320 grit and moving on to 400 on my way to 600. The second picture on the left shows the panel after the first rinsing. The second down on the right shows what’s left after the second sanding and […] Read more »

The Body Work – Continued

Body filler is designed to bond to bare, clean metal. I always feel more comfortable if the metal is scratched a bit;  at least as aggressive as 80 grit. Spreading filler is not an exact science so I’ve put masking tape along the body moulding and the body panel seem so filler does not get into the creases and crevices. The masking tape was peeled before the filler hardened. To get a flat straight finish typically will require the use of a sanding block however, we live in the real world where machines are wonderful for saving time. I use […] Read more »

The Body Work

For completeness sake I am mentioning stripping and repainting the inside of the body. Stripping the floor pan was the same as the underside but the side walls required machine and manual sanding to avoid the warping sandblasting can cause. Another difference about painting the inside was all the braces and hidden small areas that needed to be coated. There were places where a standard spray gun would not fit. Luckily they make a smaller version. As I said in my first post about this car, I was really surprised about how much damage there was on a new body. My first step was to find all the dents. […] Read more »