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      10-09-2019 08:56 AM #601
      Decided I needed to paint the area inside below the rear window and the B pillar so they will match the front doors.

      Welded up the coat hook holes, and did a quick bit of filler on the spot welds.



      Primed



      With that done it was time to get them painted along with the radiator support / front end. So of course, masking....





      I did the front clip with Upol Guard 10



      Sealed and base







      And cleared





      And with a little added light - this color really pops in the light









      Dan

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      10-09-2019 09:42 AM #602
      With that done it was time to mask, again, and get the last bit of primer on the cowl, windshield frame, door jambs and the quarter that I had to do a little more filler work on.











      Some people have been asking about the paint and color, here it is.



      Dan

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      10-09-2019 11:18 AM #603
      Been wondering when you were gonna update the thread, and the wait was worth it. Great work, good look Sire Cab-a-lot. nice, and sure it's for the "WIFEY", but that is your story and you are sticking to it .

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      10-14-2019 02:28 PM #604
      Epic milestone reached this weekend. The chassis is painted.

      Finished blocking out the primer with 320 and 400 dry.





      Spent like 8 hours masking the car and the booth.





      Sealer. Had a little issue here. My stupid tack rag left a few drag marks. Luckily I was able to wet sand them out quickly with 1000 grit after freaking out for a few mins.



      Three coats of base which turned out perfect. There was just one tiny spot of trash near the wiper cowl, i was shocked.





      Three coats of clear. This is where it went a little wrong. While Ive had great luck on the small parts doing these large panels was a bit more of a challenge. I ended up with a variety of results. Some huge runs (not shown), a lot of orange peel, and a few spots that were near perfect. Im going to pick up a different gun before I clear the next parts as technically im using the wrong size tip.

      Overall though, for a first time paint job in my garage, Im pretty happy. I definitely have a lot of wetsanding and buffing in my future, but I think its gona look amazing.

















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      10-14-2019 08:04 PM #606
      Quote Originally Posted by Schumo View Post
      Looking good, but what is going on with the dings on the rear arch?
      Those are factory. They get covered by the fender flares.

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      10-14-2019 11:14 PM #607
      Salivation, I can only imagine your wanting to "Finish" the finish and start the re-assembly.

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      10-15-2019 10:52 AM #608
      Quote Originally Posted by briano1234 View Post
      Salivation, I can only imagine your wanting to "Finish" the finish and start the re-assembly.
      I actually started assembly last night.

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    11. Yesterday 02:46 PM #610
      The project looks amazing, looks like you'll have a perfect cabby - as though it just rolled off the assembly line - probably better!

      I too have a 1989 cabby which we've owned now since new for 30 years. Never winter driven and barely seen any rain. Back 6 years ago we had the car stripped and re-painted back to to original, just to bring it back up to perfect (I had a door dent or two and a couple of chips in the hood) so thought lets do it right. However, since, I've been looking for side trim molding that runs the length of the car, as what I have (albeit pretty good) they don't look as new as the rest of the bodywork.

      What plans do you have to obtain new side body molding? The original factory parts are no longer available from VW in North America or elsewhere (I've tried Europe, South Africa and the UK without success). And from what I've seen there are no third party sources available either.

      Interested in hearing how you'll handle parts like that. Keep up the amazing post - and once complete, please advise if you'll be taking the car to any VW car shows. I'd love to see it in person and have a good chat with you.

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      Yesterday 02:53 PM #611
      Started assembly while Im waiting for clear to cure.

      So far:

      - insulated exhaust tunnel
      - installed shifter (the gold box) which still needs cables
      - rear brake line
      - fuel hard lines
      - parking brake cables
      - gas tank
      - rear exhaust section
      - painted and set the rack in place, Im missing the 12pt nuts I need to install it fully right now







      Used this stuff on the tunnel.



      Fuel line clips







      Dan

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      Yesterday 02:54 PM #612
      Quote Originally Posted by jamesjuhasz View Post
      The project looks amazing, looks like you'll have a perfect cabby - as though it just rolled off the assembly line - probably better!

      I too have a 1989 cabby which we've owned now since new for 30 years. Never winter driven and barely seen any rain. Back 6 years ago we had the car stripped and re-painted back to to original, just to bring it back up to perfect (I had a door dent or two and a couple of chips in the hood) so thought lets do it right. However, since, I've been looking for side trim molding that runs the length of the car, as what I have (albeit pretty good) they don't look as new as the rest of the bodywork.

      What plans do you have to obtain new side body molding? The original factory parts are no longer available from VW in North America or elsewhere (I've tried Europe, South Africa and the UK without success). And from what I've seen there are no third party sources available either.

      Interested in hearing how you'll handle parts like that. Keep up the amazing post - and once complete, please advise if you'll be taking the car to any VW car shows. I'd love to see it in person and have a good chat with you.
      I have all the body side molding pieces. Most were intact when I bought the car, and the rest I obtained used. Of course this was almost 10 years ago so perhaps more were available back then.

      You should be able to refinish them. A little SEM Trim Black paint can go a long way.

      Dan

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