23. BEZEL PAINTING - IF PERFECTION WAS OUR GOAL....
Body work's done, so here's the painting process and result. I think that the final result is frankly quite nice, but far from perfect. Have a gander!
TIL: Primer is more than about ensuring a good paint bond. It's also an opportunity to spot imperfections in the finish so you can fix them before
you lay down your fancy shmancy paint coat. So props to TLHarrell, whose very wise words of wisdom came alas too late.
Originally Posted by Wihglah
Let's see it!
Ask, my friend, and it shall be yours.
So here's where I started. A roughed-up front bezel and Krylon Fusion satin finish. I thought about going completely flat, and was warned away from glossy finishes, so I figured this was a decent compromise:
TIL: It is impossible to really see the imperfections in the body filler. You absolutely *must* lay down a primer coat first. The uniformity of color will help bring them out so you can repair them then.
Dry for about 20 minutes, then recoat:
And repeated a third time, which I didn't photograph.
And the final result:
These are the kind of imperfections that you can see if you look closely and the light catches it just so:
But overall, I think this is a bit better than what I started with.
Now, after it cures for 6 more days, I can (if it bugs me too much) sand it down some more, fill those spots, and have another whack at it. I'll have to see what gnaws at me.
Next step, I have to get the internal frame painting finished and assembled, so I can see what this bad boy looks like with lights in it!