Race car - freshen up

  1. GSR Member

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    During this time with no track activity it’s been the perfect opportunity for a freshen up on some of the bodywork. It was lovely looking when I got it end of last year but it was fully vinyl wrapped in the previous owners sponsors - pulling these off unfortunately highlighted the poor prep work when previously painted and took most of the white off base coat white off as well.
    Anyway - it needed a bit of weight reduction so some fresh fibreglass panels were sourced and prepped.
    After failing miserably last night with some etch primer from jawel paints (can only blame the paint...), today I rubbed it back and used some green ti primer that I had from a previous project. C990C1BC-3F55-42C5-92C6-BF233B9C029B.jpeg
    Results were much better and ready for a top coat tomorrow. 279A0965-E503-4DA2-9C21-4B5F4BA33D30.jpeg 3F5C617C-5642-40BB-ACB0-3FDBB3FF3837.jpeg 94A914E7-9C3F-4679-9C2F-7F8F1FC54BDA.jpeg CD0F5D99-C620-4EEC-9A65-843149F183AC.jpeg A1F80E2C-02DB-4BB0-B76D-C9D9E8AE365C.jpeg Once these panels are glossed, the car is ready for roof and rear quarters to be painted - fingers crossed it goes to plan tomorrow, although I’m slightly dubious after the experience of the etch - the gloss is from the same supplier.
    I’m in 2 minds whether to stick with new lvlp gravity gun I’ve bought, or go back to hvlp one I’ve used previously, I’m not 100% happy with the result of lvlp today but not sure if that’s just being fussy. Neither of them are anything special!!
    Something to ponder over this evening.
     
  2. Parm

    Parm We Will Do Whatever It Takes

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    You can’t tease us like that
     
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  3. GSR Member

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    This is how it was: 5B75D3BD-12EE-435D-94A6-962E3873794C.png
    Scrolling through the phone photo album it doesn’t look like I’ve taken many photos throughout this process - I’ll be sure to get some car shots before I put any paint in it.
     
  4. Ruffian Member

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    Ep3 civic type r,
    (Stupid thing is I knew that from the door handles and bonnet shape before seeing the car picture)

    Cracking cars and looks like it could be interesting spec also if sponcered so race car.

    What sort of spec is it and what series are you racing in?
     
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  5. GSR Member

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    They are cracking cars with a great chassis. It is a race car and too far gone to ever go back on the road really.
    It was built as a civic cup (www.civic-cup.co.uk) car, rules are very strict and well controlled to keep it an equal playing field. Engines are fairly standard and almost bullet proof as a result.
    There are so many opportunities and different championships to race a civic in, but with such a reduced calendar this year, I think it will be the 4 civic cup rounds only for me this year.
     
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  6. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    I support all with Jon front his site a civic in time attack

    the car was 1st in N/A pocket rocket class last year

    we had a lot of work done over winter. Luckily the car is road legal so still can have a blast
     
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  7. GSR Member

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    There’s always something to do when racing - it takes over sometimes. I’ve always done all my own work from bodywork, suspension engines etc
     
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  8. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    same here I was working as a car restorer and on test days mid week and most weekends throughout the summer I was a race mechanic

    I will say I don’t miss the weekends away
     
  9. GSR Member

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    Only small progress today, and the 2k direct gloss went down really well. No runs but a couple of minor sags in the paint on the bonnet, hoping I can cut these out in the final cut and polish. If not - it’s only a race car so no need to be showroom perfect.
    Only cock up was getting the air line caught around one or the stands holding a side skirt, this knocked the freshly painted side skirt face down on the floor! A gentle rub and will recoat that tomorrow.
    Got the main body of the car to tackle tomorrow - roof, rear quarters, both doors and rear bumper.
     
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  10. Bullet2012

    Bullet2012 Forum Supporter

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    Nice, miss being out on the circuits, just do not have deep enough pockets for everything.
     
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  11. GSR Member

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    The rest of the car painted today - first coat went down well, but the second hasn’t finished so nice. At least there’s plenty of paint on there so a light cut and machine finish should bring it up nicely.
    A few runs particularly along the roof line at the top of door - it was difficult trying to get into the gutter lines and inevitably ended up with thick paint.
     
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