Sep 16, 2007 update to the Saab 99 LE project car

Paintwork On a Survivor

The hoses are cracked and several were leaking. That’s not so good for gasoline.
We cleaned off a few spots of surface rust with a Dremel tool.
Once the area was clean, it was ready to treat.
We used Rustoleum’s Rust Reformer on the quarter-sized spots of grot.
Touching up some chips.
Some of the paint can be buffed back into some semblance of shine.
We’re using No. 7 Polishing Compound on much of the car. It’s cheap and works pretty well.
We’re using No. 7 Polishing Compound on much of the car. It’s cheap and works pretty well.
With some rubbing, the Sunset Orange is starting to glow.
Other sections need a little bit of sanding and actual bodywork.
We used a Nason Acrylic primer to spot in the areas that we worked on.
We mixed up some of the Sunset Orange in a Dupont Centari and sprayed it using a Preval disposeable airbrush. Next, we’ll be wetsanding the new paint down to match the original coat.
We’re using 1500 grit in most places, 1200 in the rough spots. We may have to go a little stouter on some small runs.
You can see it working in both a smoother surface and the runoff from the sandpaper.

Last night, we ran new fuel lines for the fuel injection system, as the originals were dry rotted and unsafe, then started on our rust and paint repair.

We cleaned off a few spots of surface rust with a Dremel tool, then treated them.

A brush and a jar of catalyzed paint made our touch ups a little more permanent. A lot of buffing and polishing brought back some shine, too.

The trunklid had quite a bit of checking from mismatched paint types. We carefully applied paint stripper and we removed the layers of paint until we were down to the original coat (which resisted the short-term application of the chemical) and the one area of bodywork that originally led to the cruddy paintwork.

We mixed up some of the Sunset Orange in a Dupont Centari and sprayed it using a Preval disposeable airbrush.

Some wet sanding with 1200 and 1500 grit sandpaper has started the process of blending in our new sections of paint.

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