Friday, April 20, 2012

Painting the Hood and Door Jambs

Fresh catalyst was recently delivered, the car is fully masked, and we are ready to paint.  The black primer sealer was scuffed and wiped down with a post sanding solution about a week ago so all it needs is a quick wipe down with a tack cloth.  Let the painting begin!

The second coat of black primer sealer was applied per the HOK tech sheet.  I sprayed the door jambs, hood jamb, headlight bucket recesses, rear valance recess and the inside of the fuel filler recess.

After 1 hour of drying time, two coats of Lapis Blue were applied.  Lapis Blue has the pearl/metal flake.  It goes on in medium coats and is applied very thin.  This is not a heavy build paint.

Lapis Blue was followed by the Cobalt Blue Kandy.  The application instructions for Kandy are very specific.  "Apply 5 to 6 coats to achieve proper color.  Start with 3 medium wet coats first, with 75% spray overlap.  Finish with 2 to 3 full wet coats with 50% spray pattern overlap." If we don't do it this way we will most likely get streaking.  In this picture we just finished the first 3 coats.

Here are the last 3 coats.  With each coat it gets darker and richer.

3 medium coats of clear were then applied.  After the paint dried to the touch I removed the masking.  The paint is pretty spectacular if I do say so.  Double click the photo for a closer view.  It's very nice!

Later in the day I removed all the plastic and admired our work to date.   It's a beautiful thing.

The Portland Swap Meet was last week.  Stay tuned for an update on what we found and what we learned.


  1. Wow, you are really moving! I can't wait to see it next week!!!! I fly in Tues the 24th til Saturday...Ty T. will be back in the house.

  2. Ty! That is excellent. Can't wait to share the progress with you. I hope you can find an hour or so to get a little dirty. :0)

  3. You continue to amaze - A great looking 71 bug? Will you create a storage place for public viewing?

    The blue paint must be very touchy to work with but it looks awesome (a thing of beauty as you would say).

    jim q.

  4. Jim Q. Yes, I have storage issues and it's because I am a hoarder. The good thing is I know it and that's the first step toward resolving personal issues. Therapy starts next week.

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