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You took the time to do things right and it shows. The color is outstanding and your work is just as good. Keep it up.

 

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Thanks a lot! I appreciate the kind words.

 

Awesome color subed for sure.

 

Thanks, I dig it!

 

This looks amazing! Cant wait to see the end result

 

Thank you! And same :lol:

 

Wow that looks amazing. I am super jealous of your workshop and skills!

 

Thanks!

 

Looks fun and great. What do you think you spent on paint and stuff?

 

Thanks! I'm about $1K in all paint products specifically for this car (i.e. stuff that is sprayed through a gun) and then a few hundred in disposables. A huge part of the disposables is Trizact paper, that stuff is pricey!! Either way, I think that's about what anyone should expect to spend using quality materials and "doing it right" at least for the most part. I owned my spray guns and various other autobody tools going into this project as I've painted a few small pieces as well as some repair work on my wife and other family vehicles.

 

 

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Thanks a lot for the kind words all! It is motivating for me :) I spent all day yesterday preparing the body kit to spray as well as a couple small bits to touch up so gonna go knock that out today.

 

Throughout the week I'll be working on putting the panels back on the car which is super duper exciting, but then I have to take a little break from this project and get to work on my winter car. I picked up an 05 Outback 2.5 in Limited trim that needs some love. The chassis is in good shape which is why I bought it, and it was real cheap. The interior is kinda "meh" but I have another 05 Limited Outback with a rotted chassis and clean interior / various other good parts that I'll swap over. So the plan is to pull the clean interior and whatever parts I want to keep off the one rotted car then scrap it, and swap it all over to the "good chassis" car. The good chassis car also needs motor work so I've got a bit of work ahead of me before I dive back into the specB but I'm in no rush now that the painting is done! Only real downside to waiting is that the clear hardens up quite a lot after about 7 days so it takes more time to cut, but oh well!

 

Anyhow, off to do more painting! Thanks again for the love everyone :)

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My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

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As promised, yesterday I sprayed the fiberglass kit and touched up a few small parts that got dry spray during my first go. I also resprayed the hood as it didn't come out very well because it was swinging all around while I sprayed it due to being hung from the ceiling and not weighing very much. Of course, a mosquito landed in the first coat of clear and proceeded to tear itself apart trying to fly away, so I might have to reclear the hood AGAIN if I can't get it out without sanding through to the basecoat.

 

I'm super happy with how these parts came out. I bumped up the air pressure a bit compared to my first round of paint and got the clear laying down like glass!!! I'm going to start hanging panels this week and knocking down the clear with some 1200 grit to try to get it perfectly flat. If I can't get everything looking really nice, I'm going to re-clear the body and the doors using a bit higher air pressure like I did for the body kit, and also lay down more clear to give myself a bit more material to work with during the cut/buff.

 

Anyhow, check it out!

 

I started by taping around a few nutserts for the body kit then putting a layer of masking film over the entire car and cutting out/re-taping around the nutserts. I made some little "spacers" out of air line to space the body kit off from the body panels to ensure I could nice coverage on the edges without bridging the clear to the masking. Not shown, but I spent about two full days guide coating and blocking out these fiberglass parts. I knew my effort was worth it when the sealer laid down perfectly smooth making for a nice foundation for the base/clear.

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Nice and glossy!!

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I repurposed my wooden "trunk stand" to paint the small pieces that go on the front bumper and rear doors

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I accepted the risk of dust/debris/bugs falling onto the hood while spraying it flat and sure enough I got a mosquito. It came out super nice, I'm hoping I can sand out the mosquito to avoid re-clearing... but seeing as I only got one coat of clear on here whereas I'd really like 2 or 3, I wont be super sad if I have to reclear (only a little sad :lol:)

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Next up is hanging panels back on the car and starting the process of sanding and buffing! Like I said, if I can't get the clear nice and flat then I'll reclear the body and outside of the doors (not gonna redo jams) but that's no big deal. I am really enjoying this process and loving seeing it all come together!!

 

Thanks for the love everyone, it is really encouraging and motivating :)

My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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That's amazing, excellent attention to detail and it shows.

 

Let me know when I can bring my wagon over and we can do a Steel Blue Mica :lol:

 

Thanks, I appreciate it!

 

The only wagon I'm spraying is mine :lol: :lol:

 

Don't get me wrong I do enjoy doing this but its a TON of work all on nights and weekends! The front end of my wagon is lookin pretty rough so I'm excited to freshen that up over the winter, and hopefully some other mods too, wanting to shave the engine bay a bit more :cool:

My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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I see your compressor is pretty beefy. I just packed up a husky unit that I'm hoping might be up for the task. 33 gal, 165 psi, 5.1 and 6.8 scfm at 90 and 40 psi. I'm hoping it's at least right on the limit of barely enough.

 

Yeah, it is pretty beefy. It's as 2-stage 5 horse pump on an 80 gal tank. It fills to 175 psi and pumps out 12 CFM @ 90 PSI and holds that up to 175 PSI so it fills pretty quick. I keep the wall reg at about 120PSI and regulate down at the spray gun when spraying. It keeps up with spraying no problem at all. I have a relatively cheap 6" DA that is probably my biggest "air hog" tool and I can sand non-stop and have the pump cycle on/off, so it is producing more CFM than the tool is consuming.

 

I think your pump is on the small side for painting an all-over but you could paint in pieces for sure. You could add a tank to help boost the volume if you need to cover a large area at once, and also use a slower reducer to buy a bit more time. Having a large tank and more powerful motor means it runs less frequently, which means less moisture and less reliance on your filters to keep your air dry. I run two filters, one filter/regulator pretty close to the pump and then another further away on the branch I use for spraying-- that one is a 3 stage filter/dryer/regulator. The one closest to the pump doesn't extract much water from the pump while its running since the air is still hot at that point and it needs to cool down and condensate for the filter to do its job.

My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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looking amazing , great job !

 

thank you sir! big fan of your work :)

My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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been there and will be there again in the spring. should have gone for the prize and pulled the engine to paint bay. well done.

 

Oh I'll get around to doing that soon enough :) I was hoping to get the car back on the road for some fall driving but that isn't going to happen so I'll likely end up pulling and rebuilding the engine over the winter and I'll knock out the engine bay then. Thanks!

 

Can we have so more pictures now? :)

 

I've got this project on pause while I work on prepping my winter car and various other household projects that need to happen before the snow comes! Trust me I'm eager to get back at it and I'll update ASAP :)

My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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I'm deep into my winter car project but hope to have it wrapped up in "not too long" :lol:

 

I'm gonna start a thread for this short & quick rebuild/restore project!

 

Here's where it's at now

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My shop is currently very full of dismantled BL/BP chassis and parts lmao :lol:

My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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Kinda kickin' the can along on this one, but over the weekend I pulled the motor out of the aforementioned Outback so I can rebuild it before we get some serious snow here in VT. I needed to make some space in my shop that was taken up by body panels and such and I thought hey, what better place to store these parts than on the actual car? So I loose fit the JDM frontend and let me tell you, its got me real motivated to get crankin on this thing just as soon as I get my Outback up to snuff!

 

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Also exciting, bought a 2018 Outback 3.6 Touring. By far the newest car for my wife and I. It is down in Florida, hope to have it on a carrier this week and up to us in Vermont sometime next week! Woohoo!

My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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Not my specB but following up on my last post, our Outback 3.6R Touring arrived today. Absolutely love it!

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My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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Seriously amazing paint on the spec b and congrats on the new ride!

 

Thank you very much on both points! I'm real excited to get back to work on my specB just have to finish an engine rebuild for my winter rig and then its full steam ahead!!

 

never thought of doing that with the tail lights

 

Thanks! I think they clean up nice. I was inspired to do this by Abbitt Wilkerson's white specB that we put air ride on a number of years ago.

My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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never thought of doing that with the tail lights

 

 

Yea, I grabbed a second pair from a forum member so I can try this, I really like the cleaner look. I also got to learn how to bake headlights but prolly going to look for a second pair that way if I screw up Im not screwed

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Good news fam, I finished up the work I wanted to get done on my old Outback rebuild and spent the last weekend cleaning the HECK out of my shop. In doing so I hung a couple more body panels on the ol' specB and couldn't help but to slap a couple bolts in my Rotiform wheels so I could get a little preview of what is to come! I also made a loooong list of "to-dos" on my whiteboard and with that I dont think there much more procrastinating I can do :lol:

 

For real though, I am ready and eager to dive back into this car and get it on the road for summer!!

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My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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Nice paint work! I recently did this with a friend, to my '84 944, and it's a process. Kudos to you for attempting it on your own. It's all in the prep, of course...

 

Did you leave some orange peel on the car or take the clear down to smooth? Any bugs or nibs find their way into the paint?

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Nice paint work! I recently did this with a friend, to my '84 944, and it's a process. Kudos to you for attempting it on your own. It's all in the prep, of course...

 

Did you leave some orange peel on the car or take the clear down to smooth? Any bugs or nibs find their way into the paint?

 

Thank you! This was my first full respray and honestly my first go at many things in bodywork land so I had some steep learning curves and redid plenty of stuff along the way, but I sure do love learning so its all fun :D

 

That is awesome, I love 944s!! I spent some serious time looking for an inexpensive / "needs some TLC" Turbo model (not specifically for the engine, more-so for the rest of the stuff on that model) for another build/project car but my energy on that dwindled. I'm still debating between that or perhaps a C3 Corvette which my wife is a big fan of so that earns it some serious points haha :lol: In either case I'd put it on air ride (duh!) and drop in some other motor. I'm leaning towards a JZ of some sorts which would be a bit sacrilegious for the Corvette, but fun either way. I know both have been done but I'm a "do it for me" type of person anyhow, so that doesn't matter much to me :D

 

Regarding the outcome of the paint -- it looks good enough in photos but there are a lot of problem areas, so I intend on knocking the body panels down with 800 and re-shooting most of it in the spring time. That's the cost of learning I guess :) Fortunately the jambs and body kit and some other stuff came out totally fine, so that will allow me to hang the doors back on the car and spray it all assembled. The biggest problem for me was that, presumably in a hurry to get it done before the end of the day, I didn't adjust pressure at the regulator after spraying the sealer so ended up with some nasty dry clear in a couple areas and some tiger striping in in the base coat :( I took advantage of this "learning opportunity" to practice wet standing and buffing and learned that I need to put down more clear next time in order to get a perfectly "glass" finish like I want, since I didn't have quite enough clear laid down to cut as much as I need to.

 

I did end up with some dirt/dust knibs and given my intention on respraying I used them to practice knib removal and they came out with ease. I also had giant mosquito land in the first coat of clear on the hood and it like, collapsed down into the clear and messed up the coat really bad.

 

So yeah, the plan is to get the car all back together so its driving and basically road ready (except glass), then knock it down with 800 and respray the car as a whole, "just" base and clear since the bodywork is all straight and the sealer went on really great. This time around I'm going to try another clear from SPI that they explained stays "soft" for longer (i.e., you can cut/buff it with relative ease even after a month) and is tailored towards laying down 4-5 coats in order to grant plenty of depth for the cutting/buffing process. I used their "Production" clear which is intended for body-shop use as it goes down thick and hardens up quickly, making it perfect for (as the name implies) production body shop work. The time between coats on that was pretty short if memory serves, and because I was going around my shop spraying each panel individually I wasn't able to chase the "wet edge" which I think also caused me some issues.

 

Anyhow, overall a great learning experience and I'm not in any way bummed or upset about the fact that I want to go over it again. In fact, I am excited for the opportunity and have confidence in myself to do a great job :D

My 2007 specB (full undercarriage & drivetrain refinish, every nut and bolt replaced, full engine rebuild/restore, glass-out respray, air ride, wide body, and more! All done by me, at home!)

Instagram: @bagriders_john for more Subarus (and also my wife and cat)

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It's all about the learning process. And at the end of the day, it's just paint, and can be sprayed again.

 

Maintaining that wet edge is very important to avoid the tiger stripes you referenced, as I've learned (also the hard way!). Nibs and bugs will happen unless you're in a perfect booth, and even then, it's not foolproof. We painted my 944 outside in my driveway, for what it's worth. Nothing will be perfect, and chasing that is more trouble than it's worth!

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