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1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 955 hours of work - Polishing the paintwork

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My favourite thread on here for sure, absolutely loving the work and learning loads too.  Tempted to hand paint a car one day, be interesting to see if using similar techniques will get a similar finish.

Quick question though - what sort of paint did you use?  2k with a clear coat on top?

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1 hour ago, Asimo said:

Do car makers do this as well or is it just necessary for restoration perfection?

New cars paint is sprayed onto new metal, then baked. Noway the robots would be allowed to spare paint to run, sag or peel. 

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On 1/23/2020 at 9:08 PM, Asimo said:

Do car makers do this as well or is it just necessary for restoration perfection?

Years ago cars were polished in the factory by hand...


Today paint has become a real science and car companies do everything they can to get the best possible finish in the fastest time.  New cars do still suffer from imperfections and orange peel, some much more than others.

23 hours ago, Parky said:

Quick question though - what sort of paint did you use?  2k with a clear coat on top?

There are basically 3 types of car paint...

Solid - Colour & gloss in one product

Metallic - The colour goes on in whats called base coat.  This has a matt or satin finish to it and needs coats of lacquer to complete.  

Pearl - Similar to metallic but instead the lacquer is not completely clear and contains other stuff.  This paint can have several stages in it and is hard to get right.

From a restoration perspective I have to use whatever system the car was painted with originally if I want to use the original colour.  Carnival red is a solid colour which worked out great for me as it's the easiest to paint & polish! 


Edit - These types of paint are now mostly used with water based paint systems.  The older solvent based 2K is slowly disappearing.  We're allowed to still use the 2K system as it's restoration work and we use a small quantity per year compared to a normal body shop.

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Another decent chunk of progress made today.  The main parts of the car have now been flat & polished.  I still have the scuttle, valences & door shuts to do but they can be done any time.

The front wing was the first to tackle.  It's come up very well and most of the imperfections have now gone.


Door in 1200 & polished.  I also did the rear quarter,  about 4 - 5 hours to do these 3 panels.


With that done I can continue to work on the trim.  Started off with the mouldings for the front & rear wings.  All the clips & hardware are new and the mouldings have been cleaned and the insides waxed.


Next are the wheel arch trims which are very hard to find for these cars.  Each corner of the car requires a particular shape so there are 4 part numbers for these trims.  If you see one for sale it's very hard to tell which arch it's for.  Owners can spend a lot of time & money to get a full new set.  I have a mix of new & very good used ones.  Again the previous owner’s parts hunting are paying off big time.


I've fitted quite a few of these and they aren't much fun.  The fit is quite poor & years of storage cause them to become misshapen.  Takes a bit of work to get them to fit properly.  I've screwed them on so I can remove & clean the arch in future.  Originally they were pop riveted.


Fitted the mouldings for the front wings in the same way as the rear.  The door requires a different type of clip which should arrive in the post next week.


Fitted the correct style of mirror to the passenger side.  This would have been an option when new.  I've fitted one as it's very much needed in a LHD car!


Very pleased.  I hope to get the doors done next time.




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On 1/24/2020 at 1:15 PM, TripleRich said:

Today paint has become a real science and car companies do everything they can to get the best possible finish in the fastest time.  New cars do still suffer from imperfections and orange peel, some much more than others.

Yeah, the sides of my Jeep have about the same orange peel as what you determined wasn't good enough, and it rolled out the door like that to be sold. You are going for Better Than New, for sure. Ford would have gone bankrupt if they spent the time, care and effort you have on this car.


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