After a long winter hiatus, work has resumed on my T. We have had serious problems with the paint I planned on using. After several unsuccessful combinations of gun/paint/reducer we dropped back 10 yards and punted. Decided to go back to what was on the T when I bought it - lacquer. We had some initial problems with it as well - like before the paint would just not flow right. Long story short - we think the mixing data in the material handling sheets is misleading owing to trying to be VOC compliant. MSDS say mix 5:1; we mixed 1:1.5!! Worked just fine! Test all this on rear panel. 4 coats of lacquer; lightly sanded with 800 and then compounded. Got the exact results I was looking for. Now I can paint the rest of the car!
Look'n good !!
Looks great and one of my favorite T body styles
Please keep the photos coming.
Wouldn't you be better off doing the whole car at one time to get better color match? or were you just doing a test?
I hope our center door comes out that nice. I would be ecstatic!!!
Thanks for the photos. You're a real inspiration to me to get mine up to your standards.
I was doing a test but I'm not worried about matching the paint as I used only a couple cups out of a gallon for the test. I'll do the car in two sections: rear quarters followed by doors and front quarters...
I'll post photos as I go.
Looks nice. What brand lacquer are you using?
That polished out photo looks like I could shave in it! I actually did that many years ago on a T club camp-out, using a friends beautiful car.
David, you have worked your way around the mixing problem well. In our warm climate I usually end up around 1:1 thinners to lacquer. The thinner the mix you can handle, the better the gloss off the gun. Just don't get too heavy with the coat or it will run. I usually apply one coat, let it flash off, and then apply a second. That way, I can get more paint on, in a shorter time, and with less sanding/rubbing between applications.
I love using lacquer. It is very forgiving of mistakes. It gives a finish more suited to old cars. And, it smells good!
Allan from down under.
I painted the rear section yesterday. I did not feel confident enough to attempt the entire car. All the trouble we had been having made me doubt my previous abilities. I discovered that by the time I finished spraying the section, rinsed out my gun and mixed up some more paint, the paint has flashed and I could start spraying right away. It all went quite smoothly. Tomorrow the rain should be gone and it will be dry enough for me to paint the rest of the body.
Well, that ought to "go like stink" with that engine under the hood !
I was able to give the rest of the body about 5 coats of lacquer. All went well except for the small bug that flew through an open vent window and landing right smack dab in the middle of the cowl! The damage will disappear after compounding which will start next week!
I'm making progress! Completed compounding the T - hand rubbed the pillars and sills, used polisher on body panels. I'm happy with the results although there are a couple of spots I want to touch up. I laid down 6-7 coats of lacquer and then sanded with 1000 grit before compounding. I'll wait until top and interior installed before final polish and wax.
Really looking nice! Interesting C-door you have there. Right hand steering?
A thing of beauty! Thanks for the update.