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Part 18 - Rocker Rust -- Seeing Green
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May 28, 2004
It finally quit raining this week so I was able to paint the
rocker panel. I guess I should be a little more enthused about it but I
think my mood's a little tempered by the fact that I get to do a couple of
jobs I'm not looking forward to. Before I get to that, here's a few
Any guesses where I painted?
Here's a shot of the general area that I fixed.
Here's the "B" pillar with all of those lovely curves. It
took a bunch of sanding to get this area to turn out this nice.
Here's the "C" pillar. I would have liked for this area to
have turned out a little better but the quarter panel's in the way and quite
honestly, the factory work wasn't all that great in this area either.
It's a little hard to see in this picture but
remember how badly the part of the
quarter panel was mangled where it goes over the rocker cover? It's
amazing what you can do with a torch and some body filler.
As far as the paint itself is concerned, I used DupliColor
Forest Green Pearl (# T360) which is a base coat/clear coat system. I also
used DupliColor primer's (sandable primer, primer/filler, and a sealer
primer) since it's important to use the same manufacturer's primer and paint
so you don't have compatibility issues. The only things bad I have to say
about this paint is that the base coat's spray nozzle made a mess of the can
(and me but that wasn't a surprise since it did the same thing when I fixed
the cowl) and that since it's a lacquer, it's going to get chewed up by road
trash pretty quickly.
All that's left now is to run the wiring harness back
through the rocker panel (which is one of the jobs I've been dreading -- it
was a pain to get out), hang the doors (I get to take the fender off to do
the front door and I also get to be really careful so I don't damage the new
paint), and put the dash back together.
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19 - Rocker Rust -- One Step Forward, Two Steps Back
06/22/04 10:43:59 PM