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Flying Standard V-Eight Saloon Restoration - Part 7

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See The Car on the SMC stand At the Practical Classics Restoration Show,

22nd – 24th March 2024

Eddies paint job! – By Graham Hart

There’s two tasks I have always found to be a dark art! 

The 1st be plastering and the other being car spraying.

Having recently renovated our new to us home I can confirm I never mastered the art of plastering. 

So I thought I might see if I could if not master the art of spraying, so that’s where the story begins with the painting of 8 pot Eddie’s very rusty front wings and a bonnet.

The front wings had a number of issues, rot being the biggest issue along with a number of stress fractures, whilst the bonnet tops were severely corroded. I took the decision to paint the front end having spoken at length to many enthusiasts since I got Eddie on the road.

Last May, the question was a simple one that being whether I should re paint, or keep it original. It’s fair to say there were strong views both ways, but at each event I asked I seem to have come up with a 50/50 outcome. 

(The repairing of the wings is covered in earlier extracts on this website).

I had the bonnet removed as I had the radiator out for a re-core! So I decided it was as good a time as any, so made a start.

I made a make shift spray booth at the entrance to the garage to try and contain as much of the overspray and dust as possible.

Once I’d sanded the bonnets down and applied some phosphorus acid, and left it a day or so to do its magic, I mixed up some 2k filler etch primmer, and set about painting both the vertical sections and bonnet tops.

Having watched many You Tube videos I spent time sanding and filling with knife putty before mixing up the Cellulose, primer and then the top coat.

A local company calls HMG mixed the paint using a spectrum analyser, and paint from one of the vertical bonnet panels behind the chrome strip, possibly the only area of Eddie that was still the original colour.

Once the bonnet had been completed, I set about each of the wings in tern having removed them from the car.

Following the same process I painted, sanded, filled, sanded some more than finally painted.

I learned a lot doing this and although they are not perfect, I’m very happy with the outcome, and as and when I set about the rest of the car (sometime in the future) I may re-visit to ensure  there’s no colour differences.

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