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8/21/17 3:15pm - Original Message: 'Painting me 75'
BillHanna
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Cana, VA - USA

Vette(s):
1975 Stingray

Joined: 7/3/2016
Posts: 72
Now that I have fixed almost every issue with my 75 coupe, I'm thinking of painting it this winter.

I've read on this forum many issues with painting these classics, and I'm looking for a few pointers

I've painted many cars, and patched and painted fiberglass boats, but some of what I've read here concerns me a bit.  There has been issues of what primer to use, because some of the cars have something other than fiberglass on them(?).

I know I will need to strip (sand -- ugh) this to bare fiberglass, prime with an epoxy primer, then seal it, etc., etc.

I see no failings in the fiberglass like cracks or separation.  It was painted about 10 years ago, and some of the paint is blistering in places, so obviously it was not prepared correctly.

Can someone tell me specifically which types of primer, sealer, paint, etc. that I should use?

Thanks again for all of your help over the past year!


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8/27/17 8:45pm - Reply: 'Re: Painting me 75'
tom43xy
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Littleton, CO - USA

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76 corvette, L-48, Flame Red

Joined: 2/5/2006
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I did my 76 more than 10 years ago using Kirker urethane single stage over epoxy and 2k primer. It has held up well And still looks great to me. It probably would not be considered a show car, but I still get a lot of compliments. I had to repair many open seams at the bonding strips and then some. I chose not to gel coat it and instead went with epoxy primer. Many would probably say thAt was a big no no, but I am not regretting it. Of course, I spent many hours color sanding, buffing, spot painting, etc. I have found that cracking on these cars is always something you need to watch for. Although my seam repairs have held up, a few new repairs have been needed from time to time and the single stage paint has helped make the spot repairs easy to address. I am glad I did not clear coat it. You will likely get many opinions on what is best, but lots of time and elbow grease are the rule as you probably are already aware.
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