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Wasn't she supposed to be blue?

This is what Fenchurch looks like after I spent most of the day spraying grey primer on her. I had hoped on Friday to have finished spraying the body shell by now, but that was unrealistic. I need to put a guide coat on next to show up any faults (scratches and things that show through the primer), flat it down to eliminate the faults, touch the primer up if I rub through to the metal anywhere, then put a final coat of primer on before I can start on the top (colour) coats.

The air in the garage doesn't seem dusty, but there's always some little bits of muck stuck to the paint after I've sprayed a coat. At least one advantage of spraying at this time of year is that I haven't had any kamikaze flies yet.


H'mm, most impressive. You are lucky you have space! I suppose at some point I shall have to do the same number on mine, but I can't say i look forward to it. I was looking and one undergoing restoration today- I bought the engine and 'box from it, as it's had the 1098cc unit fitted. Mad speed freak... It's tricky to find a panel on the thing that hasn't been welded and replaced... what holds some of these old cars together, I have no idea...
You've got a 948 have you? They're supposed to be very smooth-running, and it's possible to coax a bit more power out of them if you're that way inclined. Funnily enough the 1098 in Fenchurch feels much more powerful than the 1098 in my first Moggy, which had trouble pulling the skin off a proverbial rice pudding. In hindsight it was probably a bit worn and way out of tune, but because I'd never driven a good one I thought it was normal to have to go up fairly shallow hills in second gear.

Fenchurch's engine is a much easier starter too - you just set a couple of clicks of choke, turn the ignition on, briefly yank the starter knob, and she immediately purrs into life. Starting my first moggy on the handle when the starter motor died was "interesting."


Dust on a fresh sticky surface are problems long associated with the refinishing game.

While I can't eliminate them for you I can give a set of traditional polishers guidelines which ought to help.

1, Do your preparative work (sanding, filling etc) in the morning and clean up dust use tack cloths etc then walk out of the shop closing all doors windows. Go and have a cup of tea and biscuit for at least 15 minutes.

2, Move slowly and smoothly when you return; do not open windows! wipe prepared surface with tack cloth then apply the finish.

3, move slowly out of the room taking your implements with you

4, close the door and clean up your apparatus OUTSIDE the enclosure holding your freshly finished item.

I know it sounds like common sense, and you probably know all this. The trick is to apply the knowledge. There's alway going to be dust, but if you give it time to settle and move carefully you can minimise the amount that becomes airborne again.

Re: Dust

The main problems I have are: 1. the garage is dirty and cluttered and there's a limited amount of stuff I can do to sort it out because it's not mine; 2. the spray gun blasts compressed air all over the place by its nature; 3. the solvent fumes mean I have to have the back door open for ventilation, and after a lot of spraying I have to open the main door too which is particularly bad because pulley shaft runs right over Fenchurch's roof.

However, at least it's cellulose paint, which dries quickly and can be flatted down/polished afterwards. The fine dust isn't much of a problem at all; it's the bigger flakes that fall off the ceiling and walls that are annoying.

Re: Dust

Spray systems have their own constraints, which is why they use forced ventilation spray booths.

Tricks from commercial spray furniture finishing would have limited relevance (for example you couldn't mount a Morris traveller on a lazy susan so you can spray all round the piece but have the spray always pointing towards the extractor!)

Could you suspend a plastic sheet over Fenchurch - under the door pulley shaft to minimise crud from that direction?

Re: Dust

Good idea. I'd have to work out some way of doing it such that the sheet couldn't get tangled up in the door mechanism, but it would probably help a lot if I could manage it before doing the topcoats.

The back door frames seem to be fully dried this morning, but I'm going to leave them another 24 hours before putting some more oil on.

I sprayed the guide coat on last night (topcoat thinned down so much it's translucent), and she's a lovely sky-blue colour now.