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Thread: Stirlsilver's Disco Ute Project

  1. #791
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    Here is the first video going through the process of painting the Ute. It's a bit on the long side, 20mins, but I did try to squeeze it down as much as I can. I probably just need to talk less!!

    Land Rover Twin Turbo V8 Ute Project - Painting Part 1

    Stay tuned for Part 2
    Stirling

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    When painting - how do you stop bugs from flying on your nice shiny (and I suppose smelly) paint?

    I have tried hanging up a bug zapper - but I have a few bugs immortalised in some of my paintwork..
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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_ghost View Post
    When painting - how do you stop bugs from flying on your nice shiny (and I suppose smelly) paint?

    I have tried hanging up a bug zapper - but I have a few bugs immortalised in some of my paintwork..
    You should knock up a little booth in your shed, I know a carpenter who would do it for the joy of doing it Stirlsilver's Disco Ute Project Then weld up a couple of ramps and park the series up top, I know a fella that will do that also for the joy Stirlsilver's Disco Ute ProjectStirlsilver's Disco Ute Project

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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_ghost View Post
    When painting - how do you stop bugs from flying on your nice shiny (and I suppose smelly) paint?

    I have tried hanging up a bug zapper - but I have a few bugs immortalised in some of my paintwork..
    I'm not quite sure, but I can tell you how you don't do it, paint it orange and then point a 400W lamp at the car. The bugs think that they have found the worlds biggest flower and head straight for it!

    Part 2 is below

    Land Rover Twin Turbo V8 Ute Project - Painting Part 2
    Stirling

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    When I painted my Perentie in the backyard, the bugs couldnít find it. Stirlsilver's Disco Ute Project
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    wow, the paint looks fantastic! excellent colour choice. congrats on the whole project coming together.

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    Alright, Iíve found some time to upload some photos of the progress over the last month or so. This is basically the same stuff that was covered in the videos, but this way you donít have to watch 2 x 20min videos

    The process started with the strip down of the car, removing doors, dealing with a little bit of rust here and there.




    A couple of months earlier, I had noticed that a neighbour of mine had a nice A frame which was being used for rebuilding a ute that he had. So I introduced myself and asked if I could borrow it. Thankfully he was a nice guy and said OK! So a quick drive up the road with the car in bits to get the frame and put it up.



    Because I only had the A frame for 2 weeks, I wasted no time getting the tray off, which came off pretty easily.




    With the power of a BBQ bottle, I moved the car under the carport where it was cooler and more light was available to do some prep work. Masking, sanding and priming. The rear wall in particular had some light surface corrosion which needed to be addressed.









    I decided to go with the colour Land Rover used for the G4 challenge vehicles which is Tangiers Orange (EMC). It was recommended to me to paint the car using bed liner rather than conventional paint, an idea I really liked because the panel work I had done wasnít 100% perfect, so a shiny surface would have made all these imperfections very very visible. So I ended up purchasing 4L of tintable Raptor liner and 2L of black. I had the ambitious plan of prepping, masking and painting the whole car over one weekend, but that was a total pipe dream. By very late on the Sunday I had only been able to paint the car body with about 3L of Raptor liner. Painting a car at night is a challenge even though I had a big 400W metal halide lamp!






    Because the Raptor liner is rather thick, you need to remove the masking along all edges within 1 hour of painting so you can get clean edges, so on the same night I painted I had to remove all the masking.
    Next morning, of course, I found I had missed a spotÖ


    So, mask upÖ Again, paint and remove the masking. I had tried to do this during the day time during one of my lunch breaks from work, not realising that it coincided with Chinese new year. Causing me to upset the neighbour due to the smell!! So that meant I only could do a small amount of painting to touch up a few areas. Basically wasting 3/4 of a bottle of liner.



    My Buddy Tom then came over to give me a hand to put the tray back on, once that was done, the A frame went back to my neighbour as I had promised to have it for no more than 2 weeks. I gave Tom the chance to do the driving of the car still in pieces, without the doors or panels to the neighbour and back.





    Following weekend I took the opportunity to get onto the remaining panels after more Raptor liner which I had ordered came in.


    There was no shortage of late nights in this process. After finishing up with applying the orange, I then had to do the black on the A pillar, the roof gutter and around the tray. I applied the liner thicker in these areas to give contrast in colour and texture of the different parts. Very happy with the way it came out.









    Stirling

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    Starting on some re-assembly. Doors going back on along with the window frames. More late nights.




    After that, more assembly work, putting on the guards, and I also used the remaining 1L of black Raptor liner to spray the inner front guards and rims. The guards had some rust developing, so I used this product which is quite tough to help stop that going any further. You can see in these photos how I had drilled out the inner wheel guards to give me access earlier on for the assembly of turbo manifolds and so on. So that meant lots of bolts afterwards!
    One photo here shows where I chipped off some of the liner, when I installed the indicator. Very annoying, I may not have had enough adhesion there. Anyway, itís an easy touch up.









    Here the car was basically done! So wheels back on and off to a place to do a wheel alignment to give the engineer the evidence that I had addressed the bent rear axle and that the castor was correct. During breaking tests, the method I had used for castor correction meant that the flanges were slipping.




    Annoyingly it seemed that the information I got from the engineer about which side was right and which side was wrong was incorrect (he marked some indicator lines for me). So when I installed the grub screw to lock the flanges together, I did so with the right hand swivel at the wrong angle. So a few hours of rework there, to correct.



    And that is the latest update! I have to go to a wheel alignment shop again to get another alignment print out, while Iím at that, Iím installing some flares on the front guards.
    Then with about 350KG on the back of the car, I have to take it back to the engineer for what hopefully will be the final inspection.
    Stirling

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