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Old 10-17-2005, 06:49 AM
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1984 Corvette!! Help Anyone!!

I Have Just Came Across A 1984 Corvette, I Have Been Doing Bodywork And Painting About 20 Years, But Have Never Done A Corvette, First, Someone Stripped The Car Of Paint And Repainted, Well The Paint Is Just Bubbling Up In Areas,not Stress Cracks Just Lifting. I Think They May Have Stripped The Gel Coat Off, I Know I Will Have To Strip It With Fiberglass Stripper. But What About The Gel Coat??how Do You Apply, And Also Where Would You Even Purchase Gelcoat From, Any Ideas Or Thoughts Or Help Would Greatly Be Appreciated, Thanks , Mike.

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Gel coat can be purchased at any industrial fiberglass location.
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The 84 did not have a gel coat.

Run from this thing!
Someone has contaminated ( most likely with a striper) the plastic and if were talking about the top surfaces -urethane.

Of course there is a chance they just screwed up on a primer but I would be Leary if I had to stand behind it.

How to test.
Take a new razor blade and shave a number of bubbles,(cut or shave a little off at a time so you can Gage whats going on) if bubble stops at primer could just be lacquer primer or bad activation. (test primer with thinner)
If bubble goes to glass, its totaled.

By the way, you NEVER use paint stripper on an 84 or newer vette.
They are a totally different ball game then the older ones.

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re:84 vette help

Gotta go along with Barry on this one , 84 & newer Vettes weren't made out of the "old" type fiberglass . They are some other type of " composite "plastic material . Requires a whole different approach to repair ANY body panels on this car . I don't remember even being able to get fiberglass repair resin to stick real well to this stuff . Any body else ever have any luck ??? Rick
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I have seen people use fiberglass resin to fix spots on the newer models and it makes no sense to me at all as the materials are totally different.

Proper way would be using Duramix, Sem, 3M, or Fuzor dual cartage repair systems.
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Worked on a vette back in tech school. Newer vettes were made of what was called sheet molded compound (smc). They have products made specially for smc repairs.
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thanks for the info guys im gonna see if i can do anything with it, it was given to me and runs really well, so i am gonna play with it a little bit and i will let you all know what happens, mike.
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