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Old 03-17-2013, 07:50 PM   #26
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yes Ill spray the car myself most likely, unless it has to get out of the way to make room for other cars and its all ready to spray and Im busy with my other job or something, than the guy who owns the shop I work for will spray the car, hes freaking amazing so I wouldn't mind that one bit but normally I paint all my own stuff. I always sand and buff everything I paint cause Im so picky, ill sand it with 1500, than 3k , than wet 5k on a soft pad d/a. Than 2 or 3 stage polish it depending on what color Im buffing. Since the car is white Ill probably only need to use machine polish and ultrafine polish to get it blinging. Whenever I finish with 5k I don't bother using extra cut compound cause the 5k paper is so fine the rubbing compound isnt needed. 5K grit, wet, on a soft pad d/a is THE SHIZZZZNIITT and saves so much time in polishing.

as far as bodywork goes my process on an all over paint job is to first mark the obvious dents, than I will block the car down with 400 to find any low or high spots that aren't plainly visible. On white its not hard to miss something since it masks imperfections so well. Than Ill grind them to metal real quick, than ill spend time straightening the metal with a hammer and dolly where I can use one. Stud gun and slide hammer if its something big but I won't need it on this car. After I do as much metal straightening as I can then Ill wipe some lightweight filler. Block it down until it feels good, than primer. After primer I lay a guide coat down of either black powder or black paint. Than a very light block with 400 to again see if I have any low or high spots. Repair those if needed, block again. After everything is blocked and flat and straight than I will go over the entire car with a soft pad d/a with 500 grit paper, than go over it again with 600. Grey scotch brite (automotive stuff, not what you use in your sink ha) on the edges and then it'll be time to tape her up.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:50 PM   #27
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Epic work, I wish I had these skills!
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:55 PM   #28
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:47 AM   #29
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Epic work, I wish I had these skills!
Didnt you shave and spray your engine bay ?. The pics didnt look too bad man. Seems like you have the basic skillset,might just need some honing and fine tuning but you seem to have the starting points all nailed down. Give yourself more credit man.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:20 PM   #30
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So had some time to work on my original hood.



..Started sanding the filler and then remembered that we just fixed an aspen white 04 sti (which is awesome cause I don't have to spray the underside) and that we had a spare sti hood upstairs with a small bit of damage and a few dings. Alot less than my current hood so obivously alot less work, so I tossed my original hood and pulled the other one out. It had some damage on the front corner.



a little time with my old friends...



and just by happenstance I was working on an 04 wrx and the hood was being resprayed so it was off the car, so I was able to test fit the hood after doing a little hammer and dollying work and got it to line up pretty well. I did a little more work on it and it looks better then this current picture, I just forgot to take one after I did the second round of straightening.




I go over the hood and hit all the spots with the grinder.




I Go over all the grinds with 80 grit on a hardpad d/a





I then sand the entire hood with 320 before laying any filler. just personal preference.




I usually mix ligthweight filler( z-grip) and self leveling metal glaze ( dolphin glaze) to lessen the possibility of pinholes. Works well as I rarely have pinholes that I need to spot glaze with.




Hood is wiped and alot less work for me, tomorrow I'll be able to block it down and hopefully be able to primer all the parts at the shop. That would be nice.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:46 PM   #31
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:36 AM   #32
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Rick! Glad to hear you are doing well and back in an STI man, very glad to hear it.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:05 AM   #33
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me too man, me too. Hoping to have it done before the big sumospeed event in may.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #34
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me too man, me too. Hoping to have it done before the big sumospeed event in may.
come to the AWD meet dude!
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:09 AM   #35
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when and where is that ?
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:20 AM   #36
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when and where is that ?
june7-9 ocean city md.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:27 AM   #37
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ah ok. I can do both then.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:36 PM   #38
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EEEUURREEEKKKKKKAAAA



Finally got the mirror out after about 30 minutes of drilling. Funny part was, when I got the mirror off. The threaded part that was in the mirror twisted out with my fingertips hah.




Went ahead and freshened up my headlights today since they are quick and simple.

Before...





800 Grit on a soft pad d/a





all masked up..




2 coats of clear, and 30 minutes on the bake cycle.....





Bamm. Brand new headlights that will never again fade or yellow. I used Dupont Chromaclear clearcoat, real good stuff. Nice and expensive ha.






Ill probably do my taillights tomorrow cause its such a simple and quick process, and theres always a little bit of clearcoat leftover from whatever is getting sprayed to do lights. Feels nice to get some little things done. Should be able to get all my stuff primed tomorrow. Ill work on the hood in beetween customer stuff and hopefully be ready by the late evening to prime.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:37 PM   #39
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Wow they look amazing!
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:02 AM   #40
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I can only hope to clean up my STi like this one day...the body is pretty good but its daily driven and has all the annoyances that come with a daily driven vehicle...from the easy to accept occasional rock chips...to the harder to accept careless door dings from other people...I parked at the grocery store just the other day and someone parked so close to me I could barely get in my car...I am definitively gonna subscribe to this thread.
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Old 03-20-2013, 04:49 PM   #41
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dang this is going to look new again. that car was definitely due for some work tho
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:40 PM   #42
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Didn't realize you could do this with headlights/tails...so tempting. Does the paint really keep the plastic protected from oxidation?
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:05 PM   #43
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I thought clear coating still ended up with a foggy look but yours are definitely oem clear.

Did you have to wet sand and polish after clear coating ?
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:12 PM   #44
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Great work! Good to see quality craftsmanship bringing an STI back to showroom condition or better.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:40 PM   #45
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The car is coming along really well. Cant wait to see this thing all finished up at the weekly meets.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:45 PM   #46
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Thank you fellas for the comments.




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I can only hope to clean up my STi like this one day...the body is pretty good but its daily driven and has all the annoyances that come with a daily driven vehicle...from the easy to accept occasional rock chips...to the harder to accept careless door dings from other people...I parked at the grocery store just the other day and someone parked so close to me I could barely get in my car...I am definitively gonna subscribe to this thread.




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Didn't realize you could do this with headlights/tails...so tempting. Does the paint really keep the plastic protected from oxidation?
Yep, the headlights werent really oxidized in the first place, just had some scratches and some knicks and small chips from rocks and highway stuff. The clear I use has u.v protectants in it and is guaranteed for life to never yellow, fade, crack or peel. So yea. ha





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I thought clear coating still ended up with a foggy look but yours are definitely oem clear.

Did you have to wet sand and polish after clear coating ?
if you use too low of a grit than I can see getting a foggy clear aftewards beacause of whats called " dye back ". Where basically a scratch is too big, absorbed all the material into it and manifested itself into a noticeable scratch again after the material has settled and cured. But I sanded it with 800 which is pretty high for clear, clean it off with the proper pre cleaner and 2 coats of clear fill in any of the small knicks, and any sand scratches. Clear as day.

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:54 PM   #47
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Decided not to clear my taillights as they were in really good condition. I just polished them up and they look really good.








Finally got all my loose parts primered, and an m3 bumper ha.

Bottom of the hood masked since its white, dont want to get any overspray on it.







Wipe it all down.





This stuff on all the plastics.




The primer I use. Dupont Chromabase




Activator.

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:58 PM   #48
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Mixing room for any of the curious. The most expensive room in the shop







America.....F%&k YEA....




Finally.










the main damage area.




next is guide coat the hood, and block it, see if I need to touch anything up.

after that I start on the ACTUAL car. ha.
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Old 03-20-2013, 10:40 PM   #49
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Bahaha, nice touch with the 'merica gun.
Shots like this make me miss working at my friends bodyshop...but only a little
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:02 PM   #50
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gotta give props to merica haha.

Yea I feel ya, its definitely laborous work. Im beat at the end of every day. Its my part time job that I usually work 30 or so hours a week at. On occassion Ill put in 40+ hours but not usually. I will in the next few weeks though working on my own stuff, just wont get paid to do my own stuff, which is always the sucky part, getting to enjoy its beauty when its done however is the good part.
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