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Old 02-11-2019, 04:07 PM
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Hi everyone,

Having recently move to CA from the UK I thought i would seize the opportunity to own a classic car that just don't exist across the pond. So i have picked up a 78' C3, running but in pretty shabby condition

One of the major issues is the body work, although there are no cracks or major impact damage, it has been heavily neglected and possible never repainted or protected. large portions of the front wings and bonnet are showing the red(ish) primer/undercoat which is heavily pitted, other parts where the cover has rubbed against it for a number of years are down to exposed fibres, however as this has effectively been gentle sanded off for many years is very smooth not like the paint has been chipped off and left sharp edges, and parts of the car look great, particularly down the doors/sides so I guess it was sun damage

I have done some reading and there appears to be two camps in relation to gelcoats on this era car, I have also read about varied success using boat paint/primers but given there are effectively 3 different finish levels on the car what is the best advice to prepare it for repainting? I appreciate I will probably have to sand back the red(ish) original primer as it pitted, but what about the good paint? Does it need to be taken back or can it just be roughed up a little for the new base to adhere to?
Also the exposed glass, does this need any filling or otherwise need separate protection will it be OK to use some sort of building primer directly on the fibres to bring it back up?
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:34 PM
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Welcome!!

Post some pics of what you've found. You can see what you have, but we can't.
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Old 02-14-2019, 09:57 PM
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Apologies, I didnt actually have the car when I posted, it just arrived - here are the pics of the body work




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I don't know what you read, but I don't think you read anyone suggesting a gel-coat on an SMC bodied 79.
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It's been done, just recently read a thread where it was successfully done.

OP - you need to get in contact with a member named Dub, he is an expert on body work and can help you.
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It's been done, just recently read a thread where it was successfully done.
Is that right, eh? Very interesting, I don't suppose you have a link to that thread?
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