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12/9/10 6:24pm - Original Message: 'New paint on the way!'
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Since I was just scolded on the other thread , I thought I would start the OFFICIAL Paint site for my 79 vette. Satuday the 11th it will make its trek to Lew's Corvette body in Baltimore, MD. I talked to a bunch of places about it but decided on Lew's after seeing his work and talking with him. I really liked his attitude and he seems like the type that won't let a car go until its right. Although it remains to be seen how it turns out, at least I have a good feeling about it. Of course it will be repainted the original Frost Blue (otherwise I wouldn't hear the end of it!). I'll update everyone as it goes along, even though I'll be a nervous wreak! Wish me luck!
 
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12/9/10 8:00pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Barry, I know that nervous feeling you talk about. Looking back at how I had mine done if I were to do it over again it would just go somewhere and get everything done at one place like you have decided to do. Yours will look great when finished and you will be so proud to show it off next spring. What other upgrades do you have planned for this winter. Also how long will they have your car to repaint?
Sit back and enjoy this experience. It will be well worth it when its done!
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12/9/10 9:30pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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12/9/10 9:40pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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[QUOTE=rod7515]Barry, I know that nervous feeling you talk about. Looking back at how I had mine done if I were to do it over again it would just go somewhere and get everything done at one place like you have decided to do. Yours will look great when finished and you will be so proud to show it off next spring. What other upgrades do you have planned for this winter. Also how long will they have your car to repaint?
Sit back and enjoy this experience. It will be well worth it when its done!
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Rodney, as for how long it takes, I haven't asked yet. I really don't care as long as I have it back for spring.  As for other upgrades, the only thing I have planned is to put the Ipod adaptor on my Custom Autosound Radio. I don't know how much I'll have left after this is over. Painting is expensive!
 
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12/9/10 9:58pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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do you have any idea what your cost is going to be. I figured to do the body work and paint would be around 4500 - 5500, but ended up around 9500. Yes painting is expensive.
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12/9/10 10:51pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Barry, are you going for a base coat/clear coat system? It will shine like you aint never seen before!!Cool

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12/10/10 12:23am - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Rodney, the whole thing is supposed to be around six grand. Everyone else I talked to was around ten grand. I think he's giving me a break because I was sent to him by a friend. Paul, yes it will be basecoat/clearcoat. Lew won't do anything else. He says its the best and longest lasting, just like you had said.
 
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12/10/10 5:41pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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My 68 was Soda Blasted, body work and repainted in Texas. Was told the cost would be $8,000 but ended up $10,000. I was thinking I could get a great job in a small town at a lower cost(because of overhead) then the big shops in The Dallas area. I don't think I got any better deal now that I paid that much. However it looks great, but the body shop took too many shortcuts in putting things back together.  

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12/10/10 8:39pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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STUPID WEATHER!!!!! We got "snow flurries" today which translated to an inch of snow which turned to ice!  Took me TWO HOURS to go the 4 miles from work to my house! Now, if it doesn't clear off early tomorrow, I can't get the car to the shop. Why me? Why couldn't it wait until tomorrow? Dang blast it!
 
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12/10/10 8:49pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Good luck with yours Barry,At the last minute I got some bad news on the guy who was going to do mine(two to many bad comments).So I'm looking around again for a shop.I was down by where you are going to get yours done and was going to stop in,but wife had a drop in doctor appointment so I had to rush home.I be down that way agian next week ,I may try to stop in.
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12/10/10 9:43pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Check him out, Rick! My car SHOULD be there by then! Tell Lew I told you about him. The work I've seen he has done is awesome! I still will be worried, though. At least you found out about the other place before its too late! Good Luck!
 
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12/10/10 11:25pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Have fun with the car in the paint shop..is the place you are going to the same one that did the front end that hit a deer at Chips show??  That really did look good..could hardly tell an entire front clip was put on that..I am sure you can drop the car off when the snow clears up..take your time getting it there..its cold as heck up here too and the snow has turned to ice here also..it stinks..good luck Barry keep us posted with some progress pics.
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12/11/10 12:27am - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Barry, make sure you document the process well. Very cool!!Cool

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12/11/10 7:32pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Rich, it is the guy that did the deer car at Corvettes for Chip. I finally got the car there today, although 2 1/2 hours late! So, the prcess begins!
 
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12/11/10 9:51pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Barry atleast the rain waited til after you got her thereWink.

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12/11/10 10:00pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Barry,
The fun now begins. It will seem like forever but it will all be worth it. How often will you get there to keep your eyes on the project. Take lots of pics.
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12/11/10 11:39pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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I went once to twice a week for two months on my 68. I drove 60 miles round trip and all they wanted was money when I showed up. But there was progress. Paint looks great, but not put back together as it should have been. Body shops can take things apart, but putting it back together is another thing. They don't understand the vacuum system the windshield wiper door, the head light doors, fiber optics etc. they can just pull it apart and then screw it up afterwards. Be very aware of final product.

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12/12/10 1:46pm - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Lew shouldn't have too much trouble putting it back together. He has only worked on Vettes for about 25 years. I'm still nervous about the process but it just seems whenever I meet with Lew he puts me at ease. Like I said, I've seen some of his other jobs and there's no waves (like I have now) and the paint quality is excellent. I guess I'll have to wait and see. Too late to turn back now!
 
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12/16/10 10:34am - Reply: 'New paint on the way!'
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Well, I stopped by yesterday when I was working in the area, and she is all torn apart and partially sanded! Sorry that I didn't have my camera with me. Lew did show me how someone had done an improper repair on front of the right front fender opening, it was narrower and went smaller at the end. But no worries, he says it can be easily fixed. Also, while I was there, the one guy sanding on the car asked me if I was keeping the wheels on the car. I said yeah, but why? He asked if it was okay to polish they up as he is into metalurgy Big smile ! BONUS!!!!
 
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