Monday, August 29, 2016

Day 220 & 221

The past couple of days I've started color sanding the car.  I started with the decklid and it polished out smooth but have some swirls that I need to take care of.  I think I didn't spend enough time with the 1500 and 2000 grit paper so the sanding scratches from the 1000 grit are still visible after polish.
If you look hard enough you can see some swirls in the light.  The orange peel is gone, however, and it is very shiny!
I'm relatively happy with how it came out.  I did burn through the paint on the bottom of the decklid.  A little touch up should fix it.  Kind of a bummer but it isn't a new car and it's my first time, so eh!

I color sanded and buffed most of my small parts today.  The speaker and gas gauge (my car doesn't have one) grills.  The radio delete plate and the ash tray cover.  I ended up sanding through on the ash tray cover too!  It's also on the bottom and you won't see it.  Moral of the story, I was probably a little too light handed on the paint when I sprayed it.  Lesson learned!

Here's the rear taillights on a before and after.  Can you tell which one wasn't buffed yet?

I re-adjusted the passenger side door as it was sticking out a little proud on the top and got some random odds and ends done.

I also have been trying to get my bluetooth amplifier working.  I got a kit and put together a 5w stereo amp and it works, but only on 12v.  So that was a bummer.  Then I tried hooking up a bluetooth receiver and no joy there!  So, I think I am going to scrap this project and I found another solution I'm going to try which has both the amplifier and bluetooth all in one.  We'll see!


Hopefully I will get the decklid re-polished out and then onto the hood, fenders, and body!

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