Sunday, March 20, 2016

Temporary Fender & Valence Repaint (Part 4)

I'd planned to relax a little this afternoon but instead I decided to go ahead and reassemble the Mustang.  Everything had dried enough so I went to work.  After about two hours, I had everything back together and looking good.  Its not a new paint job but at least the car is now one color!



You can also tell ever so slightly in the second picture that the rear of the car has been raised some.  The front looks a little lower in the second picture but it is more from taking the picture at a different angle

Temporary Fender & Valence Repaint (Part 3)

This morning, I started on the driver fender using the same process described below for the front valence.  I used all the Bahama Blue Metallic paint in no time.  Thankfully, it was enough to fully paint the fender.

With just the Bahama Blue Metallic paint on the panel, it has a real teal color.  The Banzai Blue Metallic darkens it slightly and gets the match better to the current color on the Mustang.

The wind again caused me some trouble.  If it blows even a little, it causes the metallic to not be 100% consistent which is a pain.  However, I'm not going to be in town the next two weekends and wanted it done so I tried to be patient and wait for it to stop and then pushed through with the job.

Once I finished the panel, I covered the fender and the valence with two coats of the Eastwood Diamond Clear.  The paint dries to the touch real quick but needs 24 hours to completely dry.  I started thinking of a place to put such a large fender while it dries so that it would not get damaged.  The led me to install it on the car which is not the best idea with wet paint but I was cautious and hung it with two bolts up top and one on the bottom.

With it in place. I decided to drive the car into the sun and take a quick picture of how it turned out.  The color is not a 100% match and the metallic could be a little more consistent but it turned out quite good.  Much, much better than the black previously on the fender and valence.

The color along the hood does not seem to match but that is because all the clear coat is off the hood and the paint is really faded.

Once I put the rocker back on along the bottom, put on the front valence, and the bumper it should look pretty good.  The metallic matches really well.  The paint in general matches the original panels which still have clear coat really well.  It is a little lighter and the lack of oxidation makes it stand out just a little.  However, once everything is back on the car, I don't know that the average person is going to be able to tell that much.

All in, I've got about $50 in it because the Banzai Blue Metallic was $30 because it was a custom mix which had to be shipped to me.  More than I wanted to spend but not bad.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Temporary Fender & Valence Repaint (Part 2)

I had a few hours this morning to work on the Mustang so I decided to start on the paint job.  With any luck, I plan to finish it up this week and have everything reinstalled by the end of the week.

My supplies consist of some paint thinner, two cans of Bahama Blue Metallic (8 oz each), a can of Banzai Blue Metallic (12 oz), some 600 grit sand paper, tack cloth, and a can of Eastwood Diamond Clear which is not shown below.

I removed the bumper, front valence, and fender.  I cleaned then first with some standard 409 all purpose cleaner just go get the road grim off as quick as possible.  I scrubbed them all with paint thinner and a 3M scuff pad which removed all the dirt and residual.  In advance of painting the panels, I wiped them a few more times with paint thinner and then took off any lint with the tack cloth.

A few areas needed some sanding to smooth out a paint chip or scratch.  I did not spend too much time doing it as the rest of the car is going to be sub par to this rattle can paint job anyway.  Any area which was down to bare metal was covered with some black Krylon primer I had in the storage closet.  

The weather was rather cold and windy outside so I decided to just paint the parts in the garage so I could get it done.  A jumped right in despite concern the metallic would look strange mixing two paints or that the color would be off once it was placed on a larger panel.  I already had the paint so there was very little to lose.

The light in the garage was not that great so I had to move outside to put the Banzai Blue Metallic paint on the panel.  Since the paint is so thin and not that much different in color, I needed the outdoor light to make sure I did not miss any spots.  The wind caused me a few troubles but it was not too bad.  Once the valence was painted, I had to pack it up for the day as we had plans out of town.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New Front Bilstein Shocks

I purchased a set of Bilstein shocks for the front of the Mustang from Street or Track.  They are a special set which are custom tuned for a Mustang with stiffer front springs.  They are quite expensive so I did not buy an entire set.  I felt like I could judge the improvement from the front shocks and determine if I want to buy a matching set for the rear.

The first set I ordered arrived with the upper mounting points rusted.  I returned them and Street or Track sent me a new set.  The new set are in better shape without any rust.

The shocks are quite easy to install.  The only catch is that the top mounts to a metal piece in the Mustang.  The mounts for the original shocks were larger.  These larger mounts messed up the paint so I had to repaint the shock tower caps.  I did that Tuesday evening and finished up the install on Wednesday.

You can tell from the picture above the Bilstein shocks (black) are much larger.  They have a larger cylinder and piston which allows for better control of the stiffer coil spring.  They also have a lifetime warranty which is nice.

My wife and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner in the Mustang and they ride quite smooth.  They are certainly better than the ones which I had.  I think I'm going to upgrade the rear in the next month of two.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Temporary Fender & Valence Repaint (Part 1)

Four years ago, I grew tired of looking at the paint damage to the driver fender.  There was a section where the paint was simply flaking away near the front of the wheel arch.  Additionally, there was a section a little higher on the fender which looked to be Bondo.  After a little exploratory work with an angle grinder, I found most of the back half of the fender was Bondo!

I could not put the hacked up original fender back on so I picked up a new one at Mustang Mania in Houston.  I installed it and painted the replacement headlight bucket to match (it was formerly primer gray).  This is the way it has been for the four years since.  I really hate the black fender as it takes the car from a decent 10 footer to a 100 footer.

When I purchased the car, I was told it was painted a stock GM blue color from the 90's.  I found a 1993 PPG paint book for a few dollars on eBay and decided I'd see if I could match the color.  If they produce the color in an aerosol can, I could then paint the fender to better match the rest of the car.  It then would not look so bad while I save money to get the entire car painted.

At first glance, the color appeared to be Bahama Blue Metallic (B22).  As luck would have it, the local O'Reilly had some in a Duplicolor aerosol for $7.99.  I purchased a can and tried it out on a piece of spare metal and compared it to the current color on the car.  Ends up, it has a bit more of a teal color to it but it is really close.  Its actually a nice color and close to what I might end up painting the car later.

I went back to the color panel and checked everything again.  The color was also really close to Banzai Blue Metallic (PC3) which is a Dodge color.  I decided to buy an aerosol can of this paint of eBay.  Once it arrived, I performed the same test and found it was a little darker than the sample in the paint book.  It is actually very thin so I used it to top coat the Bahama Blue Metallic and surprisingly it matches fairly well.

I realize it is rather crazy to take two stock metallic colors and then put them together and expect it to match the current car color.  Additionally, the faded, oxidized look of the rest of the car can't be matched anyway.  I decided I'm just going to do it anyway and see how close I can get it.  If it doesn't match perfectly, that is fine as it at least will look better than the black fender which stands out from a mile away.