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not sure if this is the right place to post but .........

i bought a car mkII turbo from andrewzorn on the forum. the car looked pretty nice in the pics, except it had some damage to the right door and qtr panel. i work in a body shop so my first thought was "aww i can fix that" so i bought the car. a week later i took delivery and over all it is a pretty nice car. but working in a body shop i have a pretty good eye for door dings and bad paint. so i looked over the car and decided there was tooo many flaws in the paint, oo many spots that had been touched up, too many door dings for me to be happy with just fixing the known damage when i bought it. so i pulled it in the shop and started ordering parts. the last two nights i decided to start knocking it out one panel at a time and getting it ready for paint. this is what i got so far

this is the good side

this is the bad side

i was waiting on parts so i decided to start on the fender

i started blocking it with 320grit paper. i knew it had been painted on but i had no idea the fender was painted 4 times!too much paint build up will cause chips and cracks and shrinkage in the paint. its just bad so i decide to strip it down the the factory paint/ecoat and sand out any rock chips.
 

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I just bought a project car that needs body work. I intend on fixing the dents and the prep work myself, and then sending it out for paint. Ill be following this thread closely
 

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you can see a small dent on the top of the fender. the car has plenty of those. but no for long

thin putty coat

the hood only had to paint jobs so i was alot less work knocking it down
but it had old rock chips that were down to the metal and starting to rust and had been painted over . so i sanded all the chips and rust out

the left fender was in good shape but did have to small dings in it

hood ready for primer

got the car masked up. cant see it but i sanded all the rock guard off the
 

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bottom of the fender so it will have a nice slick finish

head light cover... same story

primed and ready for round 2 :)

 

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Simplesauce said:
I just bought a project car that needs body work. I intend on fixing the dents and the prep work myself, and then sending it out for paint. Ill be following this thread closely
honestly its ALL in the prep work. spraying the car is the easy part. but if you have any questions ill be glad to give you the best answer i got :)
 

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the door showed up today. i bought it from another member of the forum. it looks to be in great shape and i was shocked fed ex didnt destroy it. it has a few minor things but i expected it to show up lookin pretty bad .
 

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How does that b-pillar look? How are you going to address that?
 

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The door jam is pushed back a little bit. I have a plan of attack. I'm going to bring it to work next week and pull it on the frame machine as I can apply a steady strong pressure to pull it back where it needs to be. Once it pulls out and forward alot of the dent should pull out with it. There is no structural damage. Its just the edge of the qtr rolled back the actual unibody structure is right where its suposed to be.Once I get the door gap pulled back into it it will be basic sheet metal work from there. I have a stud welder. It basically welds lil nails to the metal and allows you to pull the metal back out with out drilling holes in the metal. I'll post pics when I start that. Someone once told me "it's just sheet metal" and that's how you have to look at it. It takes a basic understanding of a collision and what happens when the metal is initially hit and knowing how to reverse it. With the metal on the larger part of the qtr pushed in, I may have to shrink it once te dent is pulled out.but that's pretty simple. Just hope it goes smooth and does what I want it to do, but it doesn't always happen that way . Lol. The door would have been a fairly easy fix but I found another door pretty cheap so it was easier just to replace it.
 

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For someone trying to do this at home it would be more difficult with out a frame machine but still possible. Another option is to take it to a body shop and have them set it up on a frame machine and pull it. I'm sure it would be $100-200 for a shop to just pull the metal back where it needs to be
 

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Very cool, first image is outstanding.

Sorry about my terrible eye for paint. There's no way I can count the number of times something's been painted by looking at it. All I could do was convey the obvious, like rock chips...

But perhaps it's all for the best, this thing is going to be SO NICE when you are done.

Good luck!
 

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No worries Andrew. Just comes with working in the body shop. It's a curse as well as a blessing. Maybe it will look beautiful when Im done(hopeful) .

The centers of the wheels are in need of a repaint but I can't decide on a color silver,gold, or grey...
 

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For instance, I don't even know what you're talking about with the wheel centers. Clearcoat wear? I thought they looked pretty good, even when inspected.

EDIT probably just making myself look like a careless non-enthusiast right now, I promise it isn't true!
 

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hybrid10 said:
honestly its ALL in the prep work. spraying the car is the easy part. but if you have any questions ill be glad to give you the best answer i got :)
+1 shooting the car is easy,but the prep takes time.
 

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For instance, I don't even know what you're talking about with the wheel centers. Clearcoat wear? I thought they looked pretty good, even when inspected.

EDIT probably just making myself look like a careless non-enthusiast right now, I promise it isn't true!
naw man working in a body shop gives you an eye to see everything...


this is the wheel. im going to clean up the lips and paint the centers ( either back silver or gold cant decide)
 

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naw man working in a body shop gives you an eye to see everything...

this is the wheel. im going to clean up the lips and paint the centers ( either back silver or gold cant decide)
Well, okay. I guess I was happier not knowing.
 

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spent a few hours today sanding and taking stuff off the car.


got a lil magic to work on that qtr panel...
but i got the door on

door lines out great with the front fender. also dont have must repair to do to the new door
 

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in this photo you can see the rear window trim surround piece wasnt removed for last paint job and didnt get the edge sanded good so the pain is starting to chip


this pic shows the paint chipping between the rear window surround and the spoiler
 
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