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Wow so up early this morning for some reason I'm not working today can't waste it. Started buffing paint I have the first step done on the Dash. Looks pretty good. Waiting for NAPA to open to buy the next step compound. Using Meguires 105 to cut the 1500grit and 205 to remove any swirl Mark's. Then I am going to put a wax polish on the dash and it will be ready for gauges etc. I also have the top of the cowl pretty much done. This is scary work beings it's the latest chance of screwing up the paint job.
 





edited to correct the compound numbers I had them reversed


Edited by Mark W. - 2 hours 7 minutes ago at 5:28pm
Chug A Lug
1948 2A Body Customized
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1957 CJ5 Frame Modified
Late 50's 134L 9.25"clutch T90A D18 (1.25") D44/30 flanged E-Locker D25 5.38 Since 1962
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you The Man. Great to visit with you this am 
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Once I get past this paint sand buff wax stuff i should be making some good progress. Since so much of the stuff left has been already made.
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Keep up the great work!!!
Can’t wait to see chug together....and out in the sage brush!!!
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WOW 5 hours of wet sanding the Hood. That thing sure looks big when you have a 2.5" x 4.5" chunk of 1500 grit in your hand. I still have the Left side from about mid curve down to finish but I am pooped. The Hood so far looks real good. I still have the V shaped about 2.5" long run on the Left front corner to do. Hoping it doesn't produce the same brownish color below it the others did.

I now wonder about how to best protect the pieces once I buff them. I guess wrapped in plastic hanging from the walls of the spray booth. The Tub is going to stay on the Rotisserie until I have almost everything stuffed under the dash. Then straight to the Chassis. I think I will pickup some more of them cheap HF moving blankets to pad things.

Wish I knew what I was doin when it comes to Buffing. Sure hate to buff to deep given my good luck so far.

Can't wait to see what all the neat things stuffed into the Dash looks like.
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WOW Tub is wet sanded to 1500 grit. I have four tiny sand through's one in the middle of the Left door opening. Where my stupid light stand fell on the Tub while painting and chipped the paint. While I filled it back in with color it must have disrupted the paint around it enough to make the sealer level with the surrounding paint. I will touch this up with a tiny brush after I deepen it a little so the color will remain level with the surrounding paint.

The next one is a thin spot about the size of a pencil eraser in diameter just below the top edge of the tub just to the right of the joint between the Tail light panel and the Side panel. This one will most likely get ignored. There will be so much stuff in that area on the Tire Rack it will never be noticed.

There is a teeny tiny sand through on the rear edge at the bottom of the Right Body joint. I'll most likely thin some paint and touch this one up with my tiny spear point paint brush and then not sand it out just buff over it.

And another small sand through about 3/8" long and less then a 1/16" wide on the very bottom edge below the Right Rear corner I'll do the same with this one and just put color on it and buff it into the paint.

SO all and all an extremely good turn out on the Tub compared to what it was. I test buffed the area behind the Right Door opening last night and while the weird dark lines from the Run are going to be visible the shine comes right up. And I have no doubt that with more buffing and the second compound itwill look pretty dang good for a First Paint job in over 40 years (last time I painted a car I was 20 years old)

I'm working on the Hood now and learned my lesson last time. I now have the whole Willys Stampings taped off. I'll just blend the buffer into the shine left from the paint job and once the stampings are painted Black they will look just fine.

SO far I don't think I will have anything to be embarrassed about at a car show with regards to my paint job.

OH a side note on the 1500 grit. Amazon delievered my package this morning about 9:30 so I have plenty. I did go to NAPA and pickup a package yesterday and it turns out I should have checked them out sooner. 3M 1500 for a package of 5 full shts is like $12.50 while NORTON is $9.99 I could have saved like $24.00 on the 1500 grit I have bought had I used Norton instead of 3M.



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Dash done and looks very good. Where the big run was about an inch from the top lip running almost from the far right to the Bright indicator hole came out near perfect though the paint under the ridge of the run has a slight brownish cast to it. Nothing I can do unless I risk trying to sand below it and its barely noticeable. Once I buff it if it stands out more I might think about going a little deeper but I doubt I will.

The areas that were sanded through on the last go round all came out perfectly even.

I also did a little work on the top center of the Cowl where I had minor plastic contact damage. And it looks like with little past regular sanding it will disappear. Going to be warm in the shop today and since I am not breaking down the spray booth until I have everything buffed and know I don't have anything to repaint. Its getting warm in there. SO off to spend the day with the wife garage saleing and hitting some thrift shops. I'll get in a couple hours of Tub sanding tonight once it cools back down.

A little worried I will have enough 1500 grit to finish. I ordered more from Amazon last yesterday and it won't be here until Sunday it says. Maybe one package from NAPA if I have to $$$.
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Right fender done and acceptable. I got me a three day weekend so baring something screwing me up I should have the wet sanding done over the weekend.
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The Score Noon Thursday

Windshield ready to buff condition very acceptable
Vent              "      "    "          "          "           "
Grill               "      "    "          "        Outstanding
Left Fender   "      "    "         "          Acceptable no thin spots but multiple tiny pin pricks

Working on Right Fender so far coming out better then Left.


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Well Cuss and Scream moment solved. I finished sanding out the Windshield Frame to 1500 grit. I then masked off the Soft top Gutter (the part that is not flush with the frame) and after masking it off I went over the whole thing with the Scotch brite Gray Scuffing pad. Then I washed it down with Prepall and shook up a can of VHT Epoxy spray paint in Satin Black and turned that little section of the Frame Satin Black.

I like it. No screwing around mixing paint only to risk the same sand through. And it makes a bit of an Accent to the top of the Windshield Frame with is otherwise all Blue. And the best part is that since I plan on using this gutter to anchor the front of my Aluminum hard top I assume the paint in this are will take some wear and tear. This way if I decide to remove my top I can easily mask off this area and rattle can it back to new looking pretty much as much as I want.

Oh and its easy LOL.

Windshield Frame will be ready to Buff as soon as the Epoxy cures up in a couple days. Next up on the sanding table. The Grill.
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Had not considered the 3M product. I'm not to worried about keeping CHUG pristine once it goes adventuring it can wear its wear proudly.

That said I had a Scream and cuss moment I was sanding out the paint on the little soft top channel on the windshield when in one or two strokes of the 1500 grit I ended up with a 2-2.5" white edge showing through.  Luckily its where it is and I can mask off that part of the Windshield and give it a couple more coats with the air brush and then just be careful resanding it. In fact I might not even resand it. In my hard top plans that piece is completely covered anyway.

I had less then 5 square inches of the windshield left to sand out.

Always something.
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Mark,
Ever though about coating some of the areas with 3M clear bra? I did some of my new F150. It was not difficult. Now would be the time for you to do it. I plan to coat as much as my 2A as I can when ever I get around to restoring her. Stuff is not too expensive and you can find it on eBay. The flat areas would be simple.
 
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Looks like Gus has another brother on the way!
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OK I have all but the top of the windshield sanded down to 1500 grit. Daubing paint into the little divots and creases left by the plastic where it stuck was a very good idea in sanding out the majority of those areas the color remain consistent and the surface is smooth like it never happened. SO HAPPY HAPPY and since the Windshield was far and away the worst of it. I am optimistic the rest will look as good.

The grill and the Hood have no such flaws. I put a LOT of paint on the curved sections of the Hood as that is where the thin areas showed up during the first sanding. So that combined with the fact this paint is much much smoother then the first go round and takes very little to have to 1500 grit. They should both come out very nice.

The Tail gate which I have done nothing with since the First painting go round last year. Will be as it is. I don't think I will even buff it. It has a decent if slightly orange peely gloss to it and it will be buried behind the Pioneer Tools, Gas can, Spare tire, Tire/Tool swing away rack, back up lights and such. SO it will be hard to see it. I am going to cover the inside of the tail gate with 1/8" Aluminum painted Gloss Black to match the floor and it will also have matching Oak Strips on it. So when it is laid down the Strips will match the Floor.

Found out about work this week and it looks like 3 more nights of being rented out to another paving co. So I should have Friday off to swap shifts and if there is no pressing work for Saturday I could end up with a 3 day weekend. And while the wife is screaming about working on the garden and some other stuff I should be able to make huge progress on the wet sanding this week.
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Nice work as always, Mark!
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Lookin' good. Mark.
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OK photos of some painted sheet metal

Fenders (you can see a little bit of the damage the plastic did to the surface in this photo


Windshield (I have the two outer panels sanded to 1500 grit here and it appears the flaws in the surface will for the most part come right out.


Hood (This came out very nice with one run about where the left Hood latch will go. Wish I had drilled those mounting holes first before painting)


Grill (again as before this came out really nice with only a few dust bumps so I will only be sanding the flat areas on the grill and it should buff out real nice)

The Tub (turns out this morning I found a little bit of the plastic damage on the cowl but its barely a coat of paint deep so will easily sand smooth. I did get two nice Chips in the paint when my Light stand fell over on it. One in the Left Door opening the other on the leading edge of the Left step. Both easily filled with a little brush and will be unnoticeable once sanded out.

All and all I am happy with the repaint. I'm going to have a few tiny dust spec's and maybe a small flaw or two here and there. But as long as I am careful sanding it should buff up very nicely. And for not having painted a vehicle since my 40 Dodge coupe in 1978 I am happy with the results. And as I have said many times While Chug will attend a few car shows that was not what I have built it for. Pretty soon the rock chips and the saga brush scars will make me completely forget about flaws in the paint less then the size of a pin head.




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I got the booth all buttoned up for the night will get some tomorrow.

Learned shouldn't have put plastic over the pieces as soon as I did got a little lift off. So I touched the areas up and may have a little extra sanding.

Put it's done unless something shows up during sanding. I have almost a 1/2 gallon of paint left. So I can fix most anything.

But I really hope to not touch a spray gun until I paint the top next Memorial weekend lol
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