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Old 10-19-2005, 08:25 AM
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77 vette help!

Hello gang,Here's the score.I am going to be restoring the paint and body portion of a 77 Corvette.It has been stripped with fiberglass stripper by the owner .Where does one go from here?I have read alot of threads about this and kinda know the pit falls,but I wanna get a clear game plan before I start....any suggestions?

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Hello gang,Here's the score.I am going to be restoring the paint and body portion of a 77 Corvette.It has been stripped with fiberglass stripper by the owner .Where does one go from here?I have read alot of threads about this and kinda know the pit falls,but I wanna get a clear game plan before I start....any suggestions?
My suggestions:

Sand your bare fiberglass with 120 and make sure all traces of stripper are gone. Don't sand anymore than just scuffing it up for good adhesion. You don't want to get down into the fibers. (Hopefully, the correct kind of stripper was used as the wrong kind will expose and penetrate these fibers.)

Start out with a polyester primer.
Sand it flat with a long sanding board and 180 dry. This block sanding is really critical to do correctly if you want a quality looking paint job.
It will probably take 2 -3 coats to get it really flat.

Sand your polyester primer with 320 or 400 dry before applying a coat of a Urethane 2K primer. Sand with 400 wet.

Then decide what you want for a top-coat. The original Acrylic Lacquer, a Single Stage Urethane or Base Coat/Clear Coat Urethane would be what I would choose from.

I just went thru this process with my '69 roadster.

Good luck. Keep asking questions here. You will get lots of help.

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Thanks Roger!I own a body shop so I am skilled in the art of paint and body,I was asking more on the product side .Like should I gel coat it first or go right into primeing.Also how would I know if it needs to be gel coated again ?I guess im just trying to do the best job I can do and give the guy a job that will last him for years to come.Once again...Thanks for the help!
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Thanks Roger!I own a body shop so I am skilled in the art of paint and body,I was asking more on the product side .Like should I gel coat it first or go right into primeing.Also how would I know if it needs to be gel coated again ?I guess im just trying to do the best job I can do and give the guy a job that will last him for years to come.Once again...Thanks for the help!
If the fiberglass hasn't been damaged, I'd go right to the polester primer. I used Evercoat Slick Sand and I think that stuff is super. Super high build, easy to work with and your putting polyester over polyester since that is what fiberglass resin is.

If the fibers are really showing because the original gel coat is gone you can get a spray gel coat from Ecklers out of Florida. I used it once and it's kind of a pain to work with. But I thought it was a good product.
Maybe someone else can chime in here and advise as whether epoxy primer might be a good option instead of the spray gel coat. Barry knows a lot about these older Vettes.
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Painting fiberglass

Well I do not pretend to be "super painter" but this popcedure we used in the boat shop:

1st) Scrub that thing with hot sudsy soap and water until you are satisfied that all the wax, strippers and other things are removed. use scotch brite pads for this they work good.

2nd) Spray 2 wet coats of epoxy primer sanding litely between coats.

3rd) Spray a coat of the high build sanding primer and block out the panels. If there are any deep scratches reamaining then use some of the evercoat or similar material on those.

That should prepare the panels for your Bc/Cc which is then applied normally as any paint job would be done.

Gel coat is designed to be the final finish in glass work and provides the uv protection to the glass. A good paint job will do the same thing..


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Stripper on a 77 is not an issue if he rinsed with water.

Since we don't know what he has done, if I were doing it it would be this way.

Set in sun for an hour.
Use warm to hot water mixed with soap, and wash with gray scotch pad and rinse each panel as you scrub.
Personally I would do this to the car twice with a overkill on the rinsing.
Dry and pull outside for rest of day.
Next day,
I would DA car with 180 than wash with wax and grease remover and let set for 30 or more minutes.
Spray two good coats of epoxy with 30 minutes flash between coat.
Let set overnight than use and do whatever you want.
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DANG guys!!!!Thanks so mutch!Sounds like I was headed in the right direction,but you guys got me goin there in a straight line....lol.Mabey this will be the one I try that SPI primer out on....lol.Thanks again.
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