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Old 09-28-2010, 09:55 PM   #21
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That looks 1000 times better
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:01 PM   #22
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god damn nice work.
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sometimes i'm into it and my one hand gets tired, i try switching, but then it's like someone with lou gehrig's trying to peel a carrot.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:08 PM   #23
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you should name that car "the Phoenix" great work and you are one hell of a friend to go through that much sanding
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:20 PM   #24
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My car needs this
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:22 PM   #25
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Very impressive... wow...
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Old 09-29-2010, 01:29 AM   #26
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Here's the hood now!! Plenty of buffing left to do. I also finished off my sandpaper on the doors and fenders (need to get more tomorrow, d'oh.) It's going to look great.





reflection on hood - 1ft above roundel



the rest of the pics didn't turn out, time for bed, will finish tomorrow
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:03 AM   #27
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Damn... I wish you lived in D.C. I'd have you do my car. Ha.

Good work!
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:03 AM   #28
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Looks good. Gonna be a huge improvement over what it was.
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:07 AM   #29
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wow man, you have really saved this poor car from the abyss.
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:15 PM   #30
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The master that corrects disaster! Great work!
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:24 PM   #31
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Wow alec that is reallly impressive dude
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:52 PM   #32
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I can't seem to find the time to take enough pictures during the process. My hands are always dirty during wetsanding too I guess.



Door tops sanded.


Other door tops sanded (the bottoms are a different story)


Spot the blend line =/ In the sanded spot to the left of the badge. Goes around/on top of the trunk handle, underneath the roundel and back up on the other side. WTF


Top of passenger rear door, buffed


Bottom


Ready for buffings


Nasty texture STILL there. Will sand 1 more time, scared of burning after that





This paint is nuts. The whole car is some mix of solvent pop and outstanding orange peel, caked randomly on the doors. The 4 fender panels were decent though. Still textured but not as bad. The hood was another animal and I'm super happy I tackled that on the first day.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:10 PM   #33
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I've been away from home and/or busy since I finished the car, but here are the pics. I'm happy with the way it turned out, will take the car back in the next week and run the buffer over it again, and hand wax it to protect the clear coat from the sun

























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Old 10-02-2010, 08:13 PM   #34
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Looks great. Your friend just needs some glass headlight housing and he'll be golden!
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:18 PM   #35
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He has some depo projectors (no angel eyes) in the mail. I buffed out one headlight for him in the meantime.

I think the car just needs headlights, drop, and M3 front bumper. I didn't touch the front bumper, way too rough.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:22 PM   #36
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Damn Alec great job bud!
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:32 PM   #37
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I can't believe its even the same car. Nice job.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:49 PM   #38
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He has some depo projectors (no angel eyes) in the mail. I buffed out one headlight for him in the meantime.

I think the car just needs headlights, drop, and M3 front bumper. I didn't touch the front bumper, way too rough.

Looks great man. I agree, new bumper and headlight lens will complete the renovation.
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How did you sand by the dents? Did you go around it or just sanded in it? I'd be worried of burning through around that area, but I'm guessing the paint was laid on pretty thick considering how much you removed.
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How did you sand by the dents? Did you go around it or just sanded in it? I'd be worried of burning through around that area, but I'm guessing the paint was laid on pretty thick considering how much you removed.
Just sand the same way.. the porter cable doesn't burn through anything. It took me a really really long time to buff the sand scratches out. It works great and is the safest way to do this stuff, just takes a while.
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