Paint Problem

RAWZA

CCCUK Member
Small blisters in paint on bonnet and wing on my 1980 c3 any help recommendations for paint shop in Newcastle Sunderland area please.
 

Chuffer

CCCUK Member
Can`t help with paint shops in Geordie Land I`m afraid , but how old is the paint job and when did the blisters start to appear ? It could be caused by osmosis in the glass fibre or moister in the paint due to who ever last sprayed it didn`t clear all the moisture out of the spray compressor .
 

RAWZA

CCCUK Member
Hello Chuffer thanks for the reply, Had the car17 months it was restored and re sprayed in 2019 in Derbyshire the blisters just appeared in the last month during the cold weather on the bonnet and wings I have had a quote to strip it back to the fiberglass and have bonnet and wings re dun.
 

Chuffer

CCCUK Member
Hi RAWZA , the respray being that recent does suggest to me that it is moister in the paint causing the micro blistering . Either due to not perfect conditions when it was resprayed or as I said , moisture in the spray compressor . I have had micro blistering appear on the top of front wings on my C3 which was resprayed sometime just prior to import in 2016 . Damned annoying as it didn`t show when I bought it . However , it only really shows in certain angles of light . It is most obvious under fluorescent lighting , so haven`t done anything about it yet .
 

Chuffer

CCCUK Member
:eek: That`s bad my friend ! Not so much micro blistering , more like mole hills ! Mine is nothing like that all and probably wouldn`t even show up on camera without a macro lens . Your quotes sound reasonable but make sure the body shop is well experienced in working with fibre glass cars as it is an entirely different ball game to steel bodied cars . Correct preparation is critical .
 

antijam

CCCUK Member
That doesn't look a good paint job - even the surface that doesn't appear to have blistering seems to have an impressive orange peel effect. It looks as if the guy who did the respray didn't have a dryer on his compressor and was either in a hurry or inexperienced. Hopefully your next respray will achieve a better result.
 

Rich

Administrator
My brother in law had the same problem. Blistering on his '71 Mustang during the winter. It was stored outside with a cover on it (eek:eek:). Once the warm weather came and the cover was off, it settled down. Have no idea if this is normal though or if he was lucky.
 

Mad4slalom

CCCUK Member
Thank you stealthyflatfish I have got it booked in to have the work done already they have also done two lotus bodys with the same problem.
Hope they sort it without too much trouble. Fibreglass bodywork seems to suffer from micro blistering mord ofter than metal, aluminuum is also notoriously hard to get paint to adhere to. Like glassfibre it requires etchprimer and a specialist paint system. My friend has just had blisters appear on his aircraft in all the cold and damp , they settle back down as it warms up. I too have noticed some on my corvette that were not visible on arrival as i machine polished it and would have seen them. The car wasnt stripped back to gelcoat and had had a previous colour change so will need painting properly somewhere in the future.
only way is to strip back to gel coat and start over. There are isolators available that can hold them back for a while but best do it right once imo. Good luck. 👍
 
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