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#16 Laurie

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Posted 27 August 2017 - 10:03 AM

I'm after some advice the rear of the bonnet looks pucka! So I've focused my energy towards the front.
Problem is I screwed it up the other day and ended up with a ripple (I think I put it on too thick there) so I've stripped off the whole lot on one side of the centre bump, this stripping was done last thing yesterday before we lost light.
The other side looks good but the coats (2) are still thin, as it stands but I'm left thinking if I build up the other side I'm never going to 100% match the levels.

Am I right? To strip or not to strip?

Edited by Laurie, 27 August 2017 - 10:24 AM.


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Posted 27 August 2017 - 01:19 PM

Sod it I stripped it anyway :-P
Better to do it right and uniform x

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 01:15 PM

So I cheated in the end and got it professionally done, problem is hes filled in all the holes for the chrome bonnet trim and the badge :lol:
How do I relocate them without ruining the paint job?

I also need to cut out some closed cell foam for the reverse side - any tips? Paper first then use as template or go for it?

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 05:46 PM

Sussed it out

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 03:06 PM

As an aside, I was spraying the roof of my 850 restoration the other day, olde English white, and when I was 'nibbing back' I thought how difficult it is to get the original 1964 BMC Longbridge 'orange-peel' finish.

I bought a new 998 Cooper in 1964 and it came with a black roof, but I wanted it white, so I took it to a friend who had a body-shop. He painted the roof and mentioned that, as a favour to me, he had used 1200 W & D on the red parts of the body and given it a proper polishing. It looked so much better than the usual BMC paint 'orange-peel' finish. 

Good luck with your re-finishing Laurie. I'm sure it will look fantastic.



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 03:52 PM

I have to admit that I cheated on the bonnet in the end and got it professionally sprayed.
It looks the dogs
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Posted 04 October 2017 - 09:09 PM

That looks nice.

Next week I will start working on getting the rest of the 850 shell ready for paint now that the white roof is painted.




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