Sunday, July 22, 2012

Paint - Lapis Blue

It's finally time to start painting.

The car was put on jack stands then the tires and exhaust were removed.

Plastic was hung around the perimeter of the garage, in the wheel wells and underneath the car.  

Two medium coats of primer sealer were applied and allowed to dry for 1 hour.

3 Medium coats of Lapis Blue were applied then allowed to dry for 1 hour.

Kandy Cobalt Blue will be applied in two phases.  Phase 1 is 3 medium coats while Phase 2 is 3 heavy coats.  This picture is Phase 1.  I will stop here and let the paint dry for several days then wet sand any nibs or other imperfections.   After that I will mask off and apply the racing stripe.  Once that is done I'll shoot the entire car with 3 heavy coats of Kandy.  That will ghost the racing stripe and give us the dark Kandy blue we want.  

I put the wheels back on the car and cleaned up the garage.  It took about 12 hours to get to this point, most of it wearing a respirator.  It was hot and miserable work.  The body lines look great, the color is interesting but way too bright.  Phase 2 will fix that.    

I hope to pick a cooler day for Phase 2.  It's good to see color going on the car but this is not the color we want.  Can't wait to get that deep dark Kandy applied.

Thanks for watching.


  1. John. Its great to see blue !! you. Curious why each session must have such long cure times (weeks ?). I think your on the home stretch once the body / paint is done. Keep going !!, Jim p

  2. What a milestone!!!!! Long time and a lot of effort in the making.

    Looking great.


  3. Thanks guys. I am looking forward to finishing the paint so we can start bolting stuff on the car. That will be fun.
    Jim, the weekly cure times occur only because I don't have enough time to paint during the work week. I have to wait for the weekend. On the technical side though, I think the weekly cure times do make for a better and stronger paint job. This is a very strong and robust paint job. The paint isn't soft by any means.
    Again, thanks for the comments (Including you Max. Where the heck are you?)