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Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


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ERIKTHEVETKING

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Thu 07 Dec 17 16:31

Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint? Message Icon


I've been doing the rounds looking for a good C3. However, even when I find one that seems mechanically sound and a good car the paint just doesn't cut it for me.

So... I either go down the import route as there seems not to be much on the market in the UK right now... or grab a good car and have a nice paint job done.

Any thoughts?

Erik


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Redlevel

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Thu 07 Dec 17 18:06

Re: Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


A UK C3 that is sound mechanically and chassiswise is a lovely thing.

I wouldn't pass one by if it only had poor paintwork unless it was major crash damage but that's on another level. A decent paintjob doesn't have to cost the earth. On my own C4, I did all the prep and then had it primed in aerospace primer, flatted then painted with three coats of VW Tornado red, flatted again and then three coats of lacquer all for £500 plus the £50 or so it cost me to prep.

Its not concours, but it shines up well and has a nice depth and I can park it in carparks or take stone hits without worrying..

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ERIKTHEVETKING

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Thu 07 Dec 17 18:21


Looks great, so who did the paint job?


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kentvette

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Thu 07 Dec 17 18:42

Re: Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


Dare I say, maybe the budget is too low??


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Redlevel

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Thu 07 Dec 17 21:27


http://www.craftmasterpaints.co.uk/

ERIKTHEVETKING wrote (View Post):

Looks great, so who did the paint job?


My mate in Maybole who us my mot guy and paints a few cars too, and always in red! He was aghast when I told him I was going to do it in Craftmaster enamel for £100 with a brush so he volunteered to spray it for me. Laughing



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Redlevel

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Sat 09 Dec 17 11:51

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95% of the painting bill is just the prep, especially with GRP bodywork, that's why we used aircraft primer as its dense and sticky.

If your any good at the prep, you can save a fortune. It isn't difficult, just labour intensive. I blocked and filled mine using 600 grit and a couple of rattle cans of matt black to highlight the low areas.

Then my mate took over, fine tuned my work, primered it and we blocked it once again for the three top coats and lacquer, sanding it after each second last coat. Using a paint shop, this would have cost £3-£5k. All it really needs now is a good buffing to really make it shine, but its fine for me in my country environment here as the electrics and mechanicals take preference over shinyness every time.

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Sat 09 Dec 17 19:06


I would like to point out here at this stage that as a body shop we would no undertake any form of paintwork where prep has been carried out by someone else ,as we could not offer any form of warranty ,as said prep is everything and if not done right can effect top coat and might not show for a yr to 18months so please be careful ball park for a full strip back to fibreglass straightening of all lines and sorting of gaps etc about £8-10k this is driving car to us driving away when finished we recommend you buy new seals for doors etc as we remove them all to paint


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Redlevel

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Sat 09 Dec 17 20:46

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Understood, but who has that kind of money to spend on a paint job unless they are seriously well heeled and your car is destined to be a garage queen to protect your investment.

My guy is just a local mot/repair/classic guy who is handy with a spray gun and has all the gear and has turned out a decent, reasonably priced job on many a useable classic. I suspect he's not alone either. No warranty implied or given, just a lot of goodwill which I called in when a shelf collapsed in my garage and dropped stuff on the front on the Corvette and was fixed in a day for £20.

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aaroncorvette

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Sun 10 Dec 17 21:15


The paint on my Ď71 cost 8k at Mechspray. And thatís with me stripping it to bare glass.

It all depends on what skills someone has and how long they want it to last. Fibreglass asborbs moisture. If you repaint the car without it going in an oven you rush the paint blistering in..may be in 10 years, maybe 10 months.

Cost of paint jobs depends on what you want. I wanted a nice job that would last, a chrome bumper is worth enough to kind of justify it and itís no trailer queen. Also helped that the car is owned by my Dad and I so it was a 4K hit each.

Anyhow Iím more than pleased with their work, sometimes you just gotta pay the money🙃



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Mon 11 Dec 17 22:29

Re: Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


Eric the Viking - did you use to come on here a few year ago? - first name Steve?


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