Luigi has been working into the wee hours of the night fabricating in order to get the car painted this past weekend, and it happened. He fabbed a sweet penis looking structure to hold my steering column, also pumped on that. Huge thanks to Luigi's dads shop 'Mario's Engines' for letting us use the hoist and giving us shop time to paint it.
Why am I so pumped on our paint method? Well if any of you are like me, you absolutely despise sanding. This method involved 0 sanding what so ever, and turned out perfect for our application. We used an ebay single stage paint in a dark gray configuration. No reducer needed! We cleaned up the bare metal with thinner and tack cloths and sprayed away.
Keep in mind the car is going to get wrapped, so this is just a nice looking base and interior spray. It was never meant to be show car quality, and was meant to have minimal prep plus be easy to repair.
On top of all of that, Jesse was able to get some amazing shots that have a very vintage / rustic feel to them because of the old school nature of the shop we were in. I love it!
On to the pics!
First step was to vacuum most of the dust and sand out.
|Photo by Jesse Wood
Here you can see the ever elusive Kory Slight working the tie down strap with ease. Thanks A-Team!
Once at the shop, we immediately fish hooked the car and stood it up vertically. This served two major purposes (3 if you count looking awesome). First being to paint the bottom of the car, and second to drain the 15lbs of sand from the media blasting. When we tipped the car up it was like an hour glass had been started. Weird and awesome. I have never seen the bottom of a 240sx like this before, and it was pretty cool.
|the white underbelly of the beast
The first night we wanted to see how well the cheap paint covered, so we sprayed the underside of the car only. It can out awesome!
|the now gray underbelly of the beast
We let that paint set over night and continued to the top side the next day. We had some issues with the regulator on the gun, so it was spraying at 30psi the whole time. Luigi did a great job dealing with that and had minimal runs.
It turned out nice and shiny, and is a great step towards getting finished!
On to the rad shots by our very own Jesse Wood!
|poser Photo by Jesse Wood
|We love teamwork Photo by Jesse Wood
|Team Manager Keith strong arming the hoist Photo by Jesse Wood
|a tiny amount of cleavage for men is viewable here Photo by Jesse Wood
|Texas 240sx Massacre Photo by Jesse Wood
|Laying paint Photo by Jesse Wood
|Photo by Jesse Wood
|Marios Engines Photo by Jesse Wood
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