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Old 09-29-2014, 08:51 PM
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sanding and sanding and sanding

Been sanding and sanding and sanding--(to infinity)--on my lil 65 Ranchero.
My uncle had it painted sometime in the late 80s--early 90s base/clear.

really just needing to get the clear off as the paint was not all that bad, but has (had) some severe checking on the topside flat surfaces (Texas sunshine).

Did Imron make a clear-----the clear on this thing is hard as a rock and does not want to give up. I think this may be Imron "Bullet Proof" clear.

I'm thinking this whole car could rot away under the paint and the car would still hold up just fine.

Still have a pair of fenders, tailgate and the rest of the hood to finish.
Hope to get them all sanded down by the end of the week.

My body shop guy is making me do all this hard stuff, so I have really gotten a chance to appreciate their efforts on the other two cars.

The 59 Elky----they made me do all the cutting for some metal replacement, clean the underbody (and of course I assembled the the car)

The 66 Elky----I get to do the cutting, making and fitting new patches, the cleaning and assembling.

The Ranchero----I am getting much dirtier---cutting and patch making---floor replacing--general big dent hammer close to in place (bed, inner tailgate & wheelwells)

We don't really spend a lot of time on this car, but the shop is a bit slow at the time and the bodyshop guy wants to paint it before November.

Interior is painted, and both quarters are pretty much prepped. Amazing what one can get done in just a couple of hours a day after work.

Still, not too excited about getting the rest of the clear off this thing----must be about 3 gallons on it.
using a DA with 80gr to get thru it.

Really quite surprised at how straight it is ---- the car was used as a shop truck for over 40 years and the only thing that really got beat up was the bed.

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this sounds like a testimonial example of how good products were back in the day! or is this a two thumbs up for the body men & the so called hell, prep & paint can really be!!
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Probably a bit of both
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Almost done with the sanding part----yay

Tried some of that aircraft paint remover on it this morning.

That clear coat on the fender-----just laughed at the stripper.
"Hah-super paint remover---gotta do better than that."

Broke out a 8" DA and some 36 grit----still took what seemed like forever to get thru the clear---

Only have a tailgate, front splash pan and cowl to do now.

Pretty certain this car could have been at ground ZERO at Hiroshima and come out unscathed.
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I have found in similar situations that a DA, even with 80 grit, is way too slow. In these situations a rotary air sander with an 8" sticky back pad and 80 grit will get it down to a one day job (getting through to the base metal). As an alternative you can do the same with an electric buffer and pad but the electric motor, depending on your machine, won't like all that paint dust too long with out stopping and blowing it out. Not sure who carries it but I have a few rolls of 8" 80 and 120 that is a plastic type film (3M) and it wears like iron. It is literally impossible to tear by hand (really) so it lasts way longer than paper back discs when doing this type of stripping. I have them in 6" DA size too. Progressively finer grits for blocking primer etc. I use paper backed discs and strips.
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