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. 098The next step for me was painting the front door posts and sill plates (rocker panels) including the accent color along the body moulding. Afterward, the cowl panel and the gas tank were ready to be mounted. 150

The only thing left after that was painting the body and the only real hard part to that was taping off the accent color. 157When painting an accent color the biggest trick is having the patience to tape well and spray in thin even coats just until the the undercolor is covered. I did paint the doors and rumble seat lid at the same time as the body just to assure that the color matched once it was assembled. You might be surprised at the difference in color out of the same can of paint simply because of stir times or weather (drying times/humidity).165

161After the base-coat colors; three coats of clear coat to fill any edge left along where the two colors meet and… to give enough thickness to color-sand any dust out and buff for ‘depth’ and shine. 179

Except for a short one showing the completed car, I don’t think I’ll post any more articles about this car. I painted the hood, fenders, and side panels within a month of receiving the job and many of those pictures are posted as featured photos on this site. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to email me. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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