Here are the bumpers, wrapped in the paper the way they came back from United. They've been sitting in the attic for over a year. I had a lot of trouble with the bumpers on the previous convertible project, so I'm hoping these will install a little easier.
I hoped it would come out slick enough that I wouldn't have to buff it, but it didn't. I let it dry for a week, then started sanding. A few of the rougher areas I actually used 400 grit DA paper (dry), but most of it was the typical 800, 1500, 2000, wetsanded with the DA.
I buffed this small area on the fender before I was finished sanding, to see what it would look like when completed.
I then finished sanding the whole car, wetsanding with the DA.
At last the Cutlass is painted. Shown here in the first picture with just the color coat applied. I used my new HVLP gun that I bought at Harbor Freight for $40. I sprayed a gallon and just less than a quart of color. On two separate days, I painted all of the small parts, all the jambs including fenders, hood, doors, trunk, and of course, the outside of the body. I painted it just like this, right here in God's great outdoors.
Here it is with clear coat applied. I pulled the car inside for this, I didn't want any leaves falling in the clear while it dried. It dries much slower than the color. I used a gallon of the Shop-Line clear. It's got a nice, hard shine, and some of the neighbors came over to comment how nice the car looked.
Cousin John came and helped me paint this day. Another person is great to have around when painting, they'll always see an area I missed, or help out by doing stuff like keeping me from tripping over the air hose, etc. He also ran and got the tweezers and lifted out a big housefly that got stuck in the wet clear coat in the center of the roof. I added extra clear in this area so I could hopefully sand and buff away the marks the fly left while doing the backstroke in my wet paint.
I've got the small parts on the bench, I'm going to paint these first. Wetsanded with 400 grit and ready.
I'm using Shop-Line basecoat/clearcoat, which is PPG's off-brand, much cheaper, at about half the retail price of the name brand stuff. The color is original for this car, a very dark metallic green, GM called it "Antique Jade Irridescent". So here goes.
Here is the center grille divider, the headlight brows, headlight inner bezels, and outer trim pieces painted and clear-coated. Sorry about the poor quality photo on this last....