The Fairlane Chronicles!

Thanks to a number of folks at Autobodyshop.com I have taken the latest step to clean up the paint and get her ready for that first spring ride.... my hope is to get all the paint detailed flat smooth and shining.. I have a long way to go yet.....GRINS!! After spending the last couple of weeks and many sheets of paper and lotions to clean the Fairlane up I am pretty happy with the results. For the guys at Autobodyshop.com you will not that I started all of this with the sloggan "How can I turn a $200 paint job into MORE?" you might appreciate the work that went into wet sanding and buffing out the finish. I neglected to take any during stages photos but show you what I have done to date. I pulled the car out of the garage to get into some daylight, but they are still a little on the dark side. Plus, photos dont really show you the real shine and luster that has come out of the finish. Hope you enjoy.



The "Paint" gets a Makeover!

Under the Hood!
  • This is where I started from, as you can see there were some spots on the whole car that needed some attention. Although the paint did have some sheen to it...there was no depth and that is what I was looking for. This is when I contacted Len and the gang at Autobodyshop.com and did they come to the rescue.
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  • The process took me about 3 weeks total .... through the wet sanding process, to buffing with a couple of Meguire's Products, I believe it was a cutting compound #4 and a polishing glaze #7. I proceeded to seal the surface as well with Meguire's Gold Wax too! This photo is of the trunk lid from the photo above.
Under the Hood!
  • This was after the hood on the car was done. For the British fans in the crowd it is alright to call it a bonnet.....
Under the Hood!
  • I pulled the car out of the shop so that you might see a little better what she looks like and not under flourescent lights. I think you can see from this image how much clearer the shine is. I know it has a number of blemishes and in order to get it to show quality would require a redo of the paint. I did make a few mistakes that over time I will work on getting out of the paint but I believe I accomplished what I set out to do.
Under the Hood!
  • I liked this show because it gave you a little more light and a little better perspective on the paint lines. As you can see it is looking pretty clear. I know there are a number of spots that will have to be gone over to buff out the BUFFING marks I may have put in the paint....but I believe that the way I worked on the car from back to front and then the sides gave me some practical skills that I can now see what I did wrong when I started. Does it ever get good enough??
Under the Hood!
  • The Left side......as if you couldnt TELL!! I know there are some serious blemishes on this side but will be unable to remove due to the depth of the scratches orginate in the filler and primer level of the paint... did I hear a lovely Pearl white coming out soon???
Under the Hood!
  • From the backside...... now doesnt she look sweet, not to mention smooth.