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Offline jtfx6552

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Painting apart vs partially assembled
« on: September 06, 2016, 09:05:41 PM »
I tried searching as I'm sure there are threads on this topic, but because the words paint and assembled are so common, I got no useful results.

since these cars were painted with the doors and deck lid  on (and the rear valance hanging), is there any advantage to doing it that way?

What about front fenders, and hood, maybe on but "spaced" away from the unibody so everything is on the same orientation for matching?

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Offline caspian65

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Re: Painting apart vs partially assembled
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2016, 11:17:16 PM »
If you're looking for all the paint to match perfectly, like putting the fenders on but spaced, you're probably getting into the over-restored area.  The fenders were originally painted hanging from the back rear, so pointed downward.  The hoods were painted with the front hooked and hanging.  If you ever look at original paint cars, you can actually see where small bits of trash were in the paint and the direction of the paint flow around. 

Most folks don't care about this kind of stuff, but since you're asking on a concours forum, worth mentioning.  So to answer your question about painting the car like it was originally has more to do with achieving the proper appearance.
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Re: Painting apart vs partially assembled
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2016, 11:48:30 PM »
I tried searching as I'm sure there are threads on this topic, but because the words paint and assembled are so common, I got no useful results.

since these cars were painted with the doors and deck lid  on (and the rear valance hanging), is there any advantage to doing it that way?

Allot depends on what color your applying. Non metallic should be no problem nor have a differences that could be noticed. On metallic paint jobs the difference could be noticed by some but likely no more than if you painted the separate parts on different days.

The advantage of painting the unibody the way it was painted originally keeps you from having to go back over areas to try and make it look like items were painted on the car (repainting/touching up over bolts and sealers) and correct oversprays (like behind the rear valance) look original.
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