Have a buddy of mine that just retired from his body shop and only does small restoration jobs now. I sold him my 53 Bel Air and in the deal I had him agree to block sand and buff my speedster that I'm rebuilding. I never knew they could look this good. It looks as good as a paint job but he said it's like polishing out concrete !!
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That is looking real nice Tom. The better the prep the better the paint looks. Spending a few more hours prepping these cars really makes the paint stand out and takes away from the "painted fiberglass" look. If I had the money I'd pull off all the trim bits and have a professional block sand and repaint my car. When you get up on it you can see the "texture" of the car underneath the paint. But then I see how Carey's guys and Greg's guys prep their cars now and it makes me want a new car. I may have to see what I can get for mine on the used market and spring for a new one.
There was a place down the street from the joint that worked on my Porsches in Las Vegas that specialized in buffing out get coat. I was considering having them do my Manx at the time so I stopped in and checked out their work. It was pretty amazing what they could do to boats and RVs that had been sitting out in the Nevada sun. They looked showroom fresh when they finished.
That "bloke" from Portsmouth UK posted pictures the other day of his black gel coat Chesil. I was amazed how shiny it looked! My CMC is black gel coat. I'll have to give it a try one day. I still have duct tape residue on it from towing it South years ago.
Another year and I can call it a barn find. I can see the magazine article in my head : "Old Florida Codger leaves valuable hoard in Baker barn - his kids load junk in dumpster headed to landfill." Amongst treasures were 3 VW transaxels, 2 VW engines, 2 Porsche 914 engines, a Dolphin Mod-T dune buggy, a CMC Speedster 92% built, a 17" Venture sailboat, a 15" Seadoo jet boat, 4 Craftsman lawn tractors, and a ton of rusty tools. Wife looks on as they load shaking her head laughing. Under her breath she says - and we could have taken 4 more Viking cruises with the money he "invested" in that folly.
Old photos - it is chocked full now! Add cabinets/appliances from condo remodel and building materials.
When is "one day"?
LOL. I'm going to have to use that on my brother, who's had a mid-engined Corvair with a SBC in it, among various and sundry Triumphs and Land Cruisers, sitting in a storage unit for decades. "One day" he's going to get it running. He hates it when I point out he's got ~$100K in storage charges into it.