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post #11 of 26 (permalink) Old 06-15-2015, 08:21 PM
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Especially since many restorers just get rid of the US license plate lights and use Euro ones. Much cheaper.
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Especially since many restorers just get rid of the US license plate lights and use Euro ones. Much cheaper.

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Engine must be removed to do right.

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My first restoration was a 86 944(never completed). That was back 7 years ago. My painter did a nice job but he didn't care to elaborate his efforts to cover gaps, ridges, and trims.....I was mad and I let go the project. The over spray hints a cheap job to most audience no matter how much you put into your car.
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Well the overspray is easily mended with some solvent to remove it. Just gotta be careful with the edges. I would demand the painter to clean all that overspray and make it look as it should. It is salvageable so no big deal, of course it's better to avoid it on the first place. Whenever you have the engine out, is a good time to paint the engine bay as I will be doing
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Even with engine in you can still mask up the bay better than that.

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Even with engine in you can still mask up the bay better than that.
Yes, if they put so little effort in masking, I am sure the "prep" work they did (filler, primer) must be as equally bad.

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If he hadn't of included the pic of the engine bay, we'd of all still been oohing and awing at the marvelous repaint job
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Yep the top looks good. But when you look at the details it is incorrect. Maybe we are a hard bunch but we know what is correct. The top looks soo good as well as the chome. He should spend a few more thousands to get the undersides correct.
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If he hadn't of included the pic of the engine bay, we'd of all still been oohing and awing at the marvelous repaint job
But this is exactly why it is such a shame...if it was a cheap job, then of course no one would have said anything.
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