BIBA RESTORATIONS
1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER VELOCE
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PAINT



Sanding 24 hours after first three coats and before applying final two coats.

Perhaps surprising to many, the Giulietta and Giulia spider bodies are extremely difficult to paint. As is apparent, considerable masking is required to achieve a quality finish on all painted areas. Most painting establishments would paint the entire car in one session - meaning all panels would be fitted to the car .

BR spent over three weeks during this painting process. The car's ducts, portions of front and rear wheels, engine bay, dash / interior floor / door jams, and trunk were first painted, then the car set aside.

An interesting dilemma occurs when painting the interior. Of course the black wrinkle top of the dash is first masked off. For the first coat, one can get inside the car and paint the dash in long complete strokes. Then the floor and interior rear panels are painted. After waiting 20 minutes or so, the floor / rear receives a second coat. However, when applying the second coat to the dash one must reach in and paint only half the dash, then quickly paint the other side so the paint will blend. The dash's second coat is of course painted last so overspray will end up on the floor, rather than the other way around.

As is obvious, doors, trunk, hood, and small items are painted on one side only. After drying, the inside is masked using a special plastic tape to minimize the edge. After masking the painted areas on the body the exterior receives three coats, allowed to dry 24 hours, sanded, cleaned thoroughly, then two additional coats are applied.

All is set aside for three to four weeks, at which time the fun begins...color sanding the exterior. Beginning with 1200 grit, 1500, and finally finishing with 2000. Using 3M's foam polishing system, polishing pad glaze is applied, followed by Finesse-it to remove any swirls. Three months later, the first coat of wax is applied and hand buffed.

As mentioned elsewhere, the goal is to create a finish which has presence. Inasmuch as the 'mixing' instructions have been given and since this question comes up frequently, the following is a list of the 'ingredients': 2 (or more) gallons of DuPont ChromaOne urethane (red is approximately $350 per gallon). 4 to 6 pints of ChromaOne High Solids activator. 1 gallon of urethane reducer (use sparingly, but only comes in gallons). 1 quart of ChromaClear blender (no, we don't clear coat, but we've found a good dollop in the final coat smooths out the finish). 1 pint of DuPont anti-cratering additive (just in case). 4 to 6 gallons of cheap lacquer thinner for paint gun and general clean up. 4 to 6 rolls of 3M Fine Line tape. 8 rolls of 3M masking tape in various widths. 1 large roll of masking paper. 24 large sheets of 3M Wet/Dry 1200 grit sanding paper; 15 of 1500 grit; 10 of 2000. 2 quarts of 3M Perfect-It Foam Polishing Pad Glaze. 1 quart of 3M Finesse-it Finish Material. 1 (yellow) 3M Perfect-It Plus Foam Compounding Pad. 1 (gray) 3M Perfect It Plus Foam Polishing Pad. 1 Pint of 3M Perfect-It Show Car Liquid Wax.

BR uses a quite ancient 60 gallon Oholiab air compressor with a well engineered home-made water separator system, a Binks M1-G HVLP (with a 'final' water separator and air pressure dial) spray gun along with (don't laugh) Astro detail gun.

Now that you now know everything BR does about painting, let us know how your next paint job turns out.

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