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Yesterday 01:25 PM
curtis.smith68 Trim is going back on! Rockers, drip rails, door handles, locks etc... I'll get a picture today when i install the snorkels I finally painted high gloss black. The contrast looks awesome. I might repaint some of the trim pieces in a high gloss black too for the subtly contrast.

On a sad note.... We had a storm blow through a couple days ago and there was a burst that took the canopy the car was under and turned it into a pretzel... there are a few deep scratches on the roof, paint chipped off the edge of the door handle and some bad scuffs on the D/S door, 1/4 and pillar... I'm pretty upset about it and now looking for remedies for getting the scuffs out of this paint. I read a few promising things and will do some testing. The unfortunate part is, this paint once fully cured can drive nails and I've read it is very difficult to scratch and probably would not have suffered the same damage had it had more time to cure. It takes weeks if not months to fully cure though. Over night it is hard to the touch but weeks for it to be hard as nails.

A buddy lent me his air brush so I can touch-up the door handle and possibly the scratch on the roof that went through to primer...

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08-10-2019 09:26 PM
curtis.smith68 I started adding some LEDís. Dash lights and tail lights so far. Huge difference and completely unnoticeable as an aftermarket upgrade. Safer and much brighter.

Can you tell which side has the new ledís...?
08-08-2019 09:03 AM
curtis.smith68
JDBB; Blitz Black GTO Unveiling!

The paint has been laid down! I am quite pleased with the results. There is some over spray in a few areas that make it look a little streaked but I tested a spot and it appears it will wash off. I'm going to let it cure for a couple weeks before I wash it but in the mean time I am so stoked. A few tweaks of some body panels and she will be ready for reassembly of trim, gaskets and seals. I have since installed the new door seals and trunk seal. I'll be painting the trim and vent window pieces then reinstall in the coming weeks.

For an inexpensive paint like this John Deere Blitz Black I am really happy with how it laid down. It was really easy to shoot. In the sun it's not a deep rich black like the Hot Rodz Boulevard Black I originally wanted to shoot. At the right angle there is a hint of some red to it, almost brown, but it is extremely subtle and the light and angle have to be just so to notice it and this is me being nit-picky. It has an incredible sheen which ads a depth I love. It's not flat at all and the high gloss i sprayed on the spoiler is a nice contrast...

Stay tuned for more!

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07-31-2019 08:08 PM
curtis.smith68 Today's progress...
All the jambs, gaps and such are all painted with the final coat of John Deere Blitz Black. Temp was about 76F and humidity was in the low 50%. I mixed it 8-1-1 paint to JD thinner and the recommended hardener .
I took these a couple hours after it was laid down and was to the point where I could touch. I am very happy with the outcome and am excited to get the body panels back on to shoot the whole thing. I will test the paint in a discreet spot tomorrow for hardness and make a decision on if it's hard enough for me to handle and install.

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07-30-2019 07:50 AM
curtis.smith68 All primed and sealed. I have to wait 36 hours from when I laid it down so I plan on hitting the jambs and gaps with the final paint Thursday, install the fenders, bumper and hood Friday and possibly shoot the whole thing Friday evening or Sunday. It's very exciting!

After the body panels are reinstalled and I have my garage back I will prime and top coat all the trim and vent window parts. My shoe box of a garage would not accommodate the two tables I would have needed to paint all of that plus the space to hang some of it.

The primer is much more dark amber in the flesh. The canopy makes it look like a light pastel but the shot of the bumper is the closest to reality.

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07-29-2019 08:36 AM
curtis.smith68 The weekend was spent doing the final prep work and erecting the final paint booth. Cleaning, spot filling, dusting and final masking took up most of the day. By the time I was ready to shoot primer the temp dropped into the 70's and was only 10-15 deg off of the dew point. I will be shooting today as it appears it will be dry enough when I get home from work after I get my hood on the stand there in the foreground. A quick wipe down with tack cloth over everything and I'm off and running. I'm aiming for a light coat and 1-2 wet coats of the Buff primer sealer. If time permits I will hit the jambs, gaps and hidden edges with the black too. 3-4 days later I'll get the bumper, fenders and hood installed then shoot everything with the JD Blitz Black.

I love that my boy photo bombed this one... lol. These are the memories I will cherish the most, my goofy boy.

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07-24-2019 05:09 PM
PontiacJim The pic was too big. Reduced the pic size using the "Paint" program. Double click will enlarge it just a bit more.
07-24-2019 07:30 AM
curtis.smith68 The temporary paint booth has been erected and used last night. I didn't close off the end since most of the spraying was done in the garage and on the body's doors and quarters. For that it worked nicely. I will need to do something different for when I shoot the whole car as the legs of the canopy got in my way and they were very difficult to get by maintaining good distance and consistent lines back by the quarters.
I put up 4mil plastic up in the garage and hung the fenders on the back wall, I'll get a picture of that tonight. Everything came out really good, I shot some Slick Sand high build filler primer, so I will block sand tonight and tomorrow then re do the booth. A neighbor says he will let me use his 12X20 harbor freight party tent. I'm going to give that a try for the next stage, which is applying the sealer primer to everything.

I can't get this image to populate rotated in the correct orientation for the life of me...

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07-08-2019 05:30 PM
PontiacJim American Muscle put out the 1/18" scale 1968 GTO. I bought one about 8 or so years ago at a retail store, so I didn't get raped on the price. You can get one on Ebay, but not inexpensive.

There is presently a 1/18" scale '68 GTO in the Royal Bobcat colors. About $90.

And, there was also a Revlle 1/25" scale 1968 plastic kit put out several years ago. I purchased 2 of those at a hobby store.

And of course, promo cars.

Just check Ebay.
07-08-2019 08:26 AM
curtis.smith68 I had a nice day to shoot some paint a week ago. I am really pleased with how she turned out!!

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Ok ok... It's just my diecast model '69 GTO, I have never been able to find a good '68 diecast, but I did use the JD Buff primer and JD Blitz Black. I've painted this model 5-6 times to try out different paints and colors. The model is the best swatch you can find, IMHO.
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