Harry Unruh's 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator

First purchased August 1, 1969 ...
Re-purchased 40 years later, August 15, 2009
Restoration completed July 15, 2011.

V.  Exterior Paint

This section documents the steps that were performed to prepare the car body for painting and then complete the painting process.

1. Initial Preparation for Painting

Once Jason had completed all the bodywork, he attached all body panels and components and aligned them for proper fit, making adjustments and corrections as required. He then sanded and primered the complete exterior surface of the car, making minor corrections where needed. However, he was not going to do the paint application since that is not his expertise and we wanted a perfect paint job. So when he had completed the prep work, the car was transported to Auto Image Body & Paint where Norm Green would do the painting.

 

Pre-prep Completed 

 

2. Final Paint Preparation

After the car was delivered to Auto Image, it went through another stage of being completely sanded and primered. Norm felt the surface was not good enough for how I had indicated to him I wanted the car to look; I wanted a "perfect" paint job.

Additionally, all body panels were again reattached to ensure perfect fit, and some minor adjustments needed to be made.

There were also still several body repairs required that were either missed earlier or not noticed because of trim availability (trim recently purchased did not quite fit).

Once everything was as good as desired, all removable panels (doors, hood, trunk lid, etc.) were again taken off and the car was ready for paint.

  

3. Paint Application

Painting started on Friday, January 21, 2011, one year and three months after the restoration was started, a big day! Norm would use BASF Urethane for the Competition Orange color base, up to four coats if needed, and then cover that with several coats of Clear.

            

Norm applying Clear                                                                                                              Main body painted, wet-sanded and polished 

 

Panels painted, ready for sanding & polishing

Once all the painting is completed, the car was taken to Moe's Auto Services for the upholstery to be installed.

On February 28, 2011 the painting and upholstery were completed and the car was transported back to Jason's shop for reassembly and completion. 

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