Here we go. It's time to start dismantling some of this car. We started by pulling out the third brake light on the spoiler.
With the brake light out of the way, the spoiler comes off next. A few screws that are accessible on the underside of the hatchback hold it down.
The same goes for the sides. In our Camaro, we had to remove some of the plastic body panels in the trunk area in order to remove the side spoilers.
Now that we took all the inside panels out, the taillights come out rather easy as well.
Here is how it will look with all the trim pieces removed from the rear end.
Now it's time to run around up front and do the same. What we found to be most frustrating was that some of the time, we used metric, while other times we used standard. It makes you wonder what they were thinking when they made the car.
After the front lights are removed, we took out the air intake trim. I recently saw a Third-Generation Camaro where the owner had repainted his as well. He painted the same piece we just removed and it looked great. So if you're painting a Camaro too, think about shooting the intake trim piece the same color as well. It'll look great.
Finally, we removed the marker lights on the side. These sidelights were held in by a small metal clasp and were easily removed in less than a minute.
Once we had removed all the pieces we wanted, it was time to use some tape and mask off our Z28 badges. No sense in accidentally scuffing them while sanding.
While we were playing with the tape, we did the same to all our window trim and T-tops. I would hate to scuff up some expensive, hard-to-find parts.
Here, you can see Grant Peterson using the Scotch Brite pads right next to the window's rubber trim that we just taped up.
We opted to not remove the side molding on our project. Once again, Grant is using Scotch Brite pads to scuff up the molding and the edges of the molding.
After sanding the car down with 320 grit sand paper, we went over the entire body again with the Scotch Brite pads to make sure all the clearcoat was removed, and to give the car a uniform finish. This is just about the most important step in the prep work. Make sure there are no glossy or orange peel spots anywhere or else the primer and paint wont stick. Go over all the nooks and crannies a few times if need be.
In this final shot of the Camaro, we can see that the entire side of the car has been sanded and gone over with the Scotch Brite pads. We only have to finish up the rear bumper where the taillights were. After this is done, it will be shot in primer. So stay tuned!