Minty Fresh: Body + Paint = Wonder Twins Activate

So resuming were I left off last time.  The car is officially not for the wife anymore and is to have a stock look while performing much better.

I was able to get 3/4 of the paint work done before the cold hit last winter(08) and then finished this spring(09). I don’t want you guys to get the idea that body work is easy, it isn’t.  It consumes way too much time, and if given the option, I would pay someone to do it(but I am not made of money…or eyes).

All work was done once again in my garage, paint too. If proper steps are taken, you can get a decent paint job out of your garage.  I crack my garage door, and place a box fan w/furnace filter at the other end.  This create some pull to clear fumes(into your neighbors yards).  Also painting on still(not windy), or rainy days is best.

On with pictures:

So my initial prime job was just the bondo’ed areas, this was to conserve primer and keep cost down.

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Then after sanding the spot primer job, came two full coats.

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The bitch, of all bitches was next.  Scuffed the bay, prep’ed it, and…

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shot it all in one night thanks to the wife’s assistance. (insert exploding heads here) It looks that good.

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Next up was edging or jambing.  I don’t know how you can see these remaining pic as I am sure your eyes melted out of your skull after the engine bay shot’s pure hotness.

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Mid paint job. Painted a-pillar/roof line black, roof is body color. It was cold and was starting to get too cold for paint.

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Clear-coated, and looking heavenly.

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A taste of things to come….MORTAL KOM..bat…

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Just wanted to show off the Cold Stone punch card…just 8 more punches…

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It looks as though I never took any pictures of the front end pieces that I painted this spring. I did them at work, so that would explain that. Also, I think I slowed up on the picture taking…lol.

So not everyone will agree with my color choice, but here are my thoughts on it.  I wanted something good looking but not a cop magnet.  It also had to have a certain level of maturity to it.  So these criteria ruled out any reds, yellows, and oranges.  I don’t like purple all that much(besided it belongs to the Grip Gamblers).  Black, white, and silver are the colors that everyone falls back on if they can’t pick an actual color. I will do a blue car but not yet. So this left green, I didn’t want a dark green.  It also seemed like silver flaked colors were looking good about that time.  It was also nice to stick Nissan just cause I like that.

I leave you with this teaser pic for next time.  Engine and Suspension:

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