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8 minutes ago, dollywobbler said:

Well that could have turned out worse...



It isn't' completely smooth, but it does appear to be solid.

looks far better then anything I could pull off probably!

a bit of filler and sanding and it should be good right? :)

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Yes, just a bit worried about longevity. It's just regular household emulsion. I've known friends have good results with the stuff, but that was years ago when it was full of nasty chemicals. Slightly worried this water-based stuff is going to be shite, so may need to find a way to seal it.

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Thankfully, my pressure washer is mostly gathering dust...

Yacht varnish is one idea, but I don't want to lose the matt effect I've gone for. I've got one tin of aerosol matt acrylic sealer, which I might try. It'll take a few of them to do the entire car though, and I might actually have to mask bits of it off.

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3 hours ago, dollywobbler said:

I'd better not paint the roof white then...

Second coat is looking much better. Ditched the roller, went for a brush.


Oh yes paint the roof white, that would be a really fun subtle nod to an early Mk12 Invacar that only pretty me and Egg would get anyway :mrgreen:

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Yeah, here's the thing. So far, the paint job has cost me about £15 - and I've still got three quarters of a tin of paint left. This is a question of just how cheaply you can paint a car. Start using proper, actually-suitable paint and it starts getting very expensive. I think I'll for a few cans of clear matt lacquer and a darned good waxing and see how that fares.


Mind you, I must remember that I haven't painted the canopy, bonnet or mirrors yet...

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I don't want to piss on your chips but emulsion isn't even slightly water resistant nor will it stick properly to any non-porous surface.

Clear laquer over emulsion is a "shabby chic chest of drawers ruiner" technique.

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35 minutes ago, dollywobbler said:

Yeah, here's the thing. So far, the paint job has cost me about £15 - and I've still got three quarters of a tin of paint left. This is a question of just how cheaply you can paint a car. Start using proper, actually-suitable paint and it starts getting very expensive.

I think this paint job cost me around £15

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I used a generic hammerite knock off through a spray gun. It was a little bit more durable and just as inexpensive.

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Coincidentally, I noticed while perusing the magazine racks at Tescos that the June issue of Car Mechanics has an article on "budget paint jobs": Plastidip etc.

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