Mon, Sep 24, 2018

Build Diary Mon Sep 29, 2014

 

Hello All!! Its been a REAL long time since I posted, lots of things have happened in the last 18 months+ (new job / Got a dog etc etc) anyway I have been working in the background to try and get the buggy finished, and a few weeks back got to the point where I could say that the whole buggy could be stripped down ready for its final paint (and also to finish any welding I couldn't get to with it all together), I know this sounds crazy but I have taken the whole machine apart stripped every last nut and bolt off finished any welding and applied a final layer of undercoat to anything that needed undercoat.

I have a few pics of the chassis sitting on stands at my local college (Thanks Steve ;) ) just after I finished the final coat of primer all over:
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Since these pics Ive also top coated all the suspension arms and re-built them ready for re-installation, stripped the front hubs down to paint the calipers etc and painted and wrapped the dashboard.

The paint I'm using is a two pack self leveling brush paint called POR15 HARDNOSE, it seems to work REALLY well on tube and once cured (3 days) is impervious to brake fluid / paint stripper/ fuel etc, it cures faster and harder if there is a high level of moisture in the air during its curing period (so a cold garage is perfect) and is rock solid, the only issue ive had so far if the flat areas of the dashboard which I could not get right it seemed to set badly on it (3 attempts) so in the end I flatted the finish down (still has multiple coats and vinyl wrapped the front and top face in a 4D Carbon finish, and Im very happy with the overall finish (to the point where ive wrapped the bonnet and nose panels and I intend to wrap all the side panels)

Anyway hopefully I will get some more top coat applied this weekend then I can start to re-assemble!!!! (It took two full days to strip it down and label everything / box everything as it came off so I wonder how long its going to take to put it all back together!! ::)