1971 Chevy Camaro - Getting The Lead In

Filling and Sanding Project Orange Krate Before it Hits the Paint Booth

Chuck Vranas Oct 3, 2013 0 Comment(s)
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3m Sanding 2/37

As we move into the final bodywork stages, plenty of 3M products will be used, including wet and dry sandpaper grits from 40 through 600 as well as sanding discs and their cool ergonomic sanding block.

3m 80 Grit 3/37

Using various sanding blocks, Newell moved across the body starting with 80-grit and moving onto 220-grit paper in a left-to-right motion while crisscrossing his strokes.

1971 Chevy Camaro Door Panel 4/37

For the delicate curves at the top front of the door skins, Newell used a small, flexible foam block to capture the correct contour while sanding the area.

1971 Chevy Camaro Door Ding 5/37

While blocking the door for straightness, he located a low spot above the door handle area indicating a slight ding to the sheetmetal.

Eastwood Contour Premium Body 6/37

To correct the problem, Eastwood's Contour Premium Body Filler (PN 13520 ZP) was used thoroughly mixed to the recommended specifications of filler to crème hardener.

Eastwood Contour Premium Body Filler 7/37

A skim coat was applied to the low spot to fill the area.

180 Grit Sand 8/37

Once hardened, the area was block-sanded using 180-grit paper till smooth.

Eastwood Contour 3 Gun 9/37

Eastwood's Concours high-end 3-gun kit (PN 12252) includes everything you see here including two full-size and one mini-detail gun designed to be powered by your home air compressor for both solvent and waterborne paints.

Eastwood Contour Paint 10/37

The area was then blown clean and spot-primed using the full-size Eastwood Concours paint gun.

1971 Chevy Camaro Door 11/37

The final repair came out perfect. This procedure can be repeated to correct any low spots encountered while block sanding the body.

1971 Chevy Camaro Factory 12/37

A tip from Pete is that nothing fits like original hardware, so it's always better to retain factory parts like these, including the trunk and hood latches and door strikers.

1971 Chevy Camaro Blasting Factory 13/37

To clean them up, a simple trip to the blasting cabinet removed decades of grime and old paint.

1971 Chevy Camaro Door 14/37

The original door latch mechanisms worked OK but were greasy and filthy, which impeded their performance.

1971 Chevy Camaro Door Latch 15/37

The latch mechanisms were soaked in a degreasing solvent.

1971 Chevy Camaro Door Latch Acid 16/37

They were then worked over with a simple acid brush to remove all of the debris.

Scuffing 17/37

A gray scuff pad was then used to add additional bite to the surface. Then the assembly was blown clean of dust and debris.

1971 Chevy Camaro Factory Parts 18/37

Here you can see a number of related parts prepped and ready for final paint.

Eastwood Detail 19/37

Eastwood offers a number of spray paints for the restorer, which duplicate the original factory finishes. For the door latch mechanisms, their Detail Gray (PN 10036Z) was used.

Eastwood Spray Gray 20/37

To make the hood latch look factory fresh, the unit was hung in the spray booth and treated to a coating of Eastwood's Spray Gray (PN 10032Z).

Factory Parts 21/37

Here you can see the differences in the color tones of the Eastwood spray colors as they pertain to their individual applications. Next time you see us, Orange Krate will be in the spray booth!


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