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February 18th, 2007

Working on it

Minor update

I now understand why people say that 90% of the work of respraying a car to a decent standard is in the preparation. This past week I've spent many hours working on Fenchurch's driver's door, sanding out the rust-spots, rust-killing, zinc-priming, filling, sanding (repeat the last two steps over and over until it's perfect), fine-surface-filling, more sanding with several grades of paper to get it really smooth, another coat of zinc-primer, and finally flatting it down. Apart from drilling the door-mirror mounting holes and doing a little bit more fine-surface-filling (annoyingly some of the pinholes in the filler only become visible when you paint over them), it's finally ready for me to spray the grey high-build primer and topcoat on it. The filler has hid the seam very well - I think you'd have to open the door and examine the back edges to tell that the bottom has been replaced - but I'm really glad it's the only panel that needs a lot of filling. Hopefully preparing the rest of the panels and the body shell itself is going to be easy in comparison to the front wings and driver's door.

See if you can spot the seam...Collapse )