Post Paint Job Touch Ups and Blackening Trim
After getting the car back from the paint shop, I realized that a blend of black and chrome trim did not look as good I hoped. The black trim did come up great and is a wonderful compliment to the Cement body. The lines are sexy and there are no distracting logos, pinstripes, body moldings or emblems.
I decided to go all black for the trim. I also wanted to touch up a few areas that were missed. The cowl section where the wipers are located was left blue. The side of the headlight bezels that is under the hood is also blue. I wanted all the exterior parts that were previously blue to be Cement.
The jambs were painted Cement, but I did decide to leave the interior blue. So, anything seen inside the car when the doors were closed was to remain blue. This includes the small strip of metal in front of the dash, the A pillars, and the rear metal deck. This did not turn out as good as I hoped. Even the wife commented that it looked funny when you were looking inside the car while standing outside of it. So, all this will be painted Cement as well. It will take some time, but I am going to work in sections.
Here is a photo journey of a few tasks I have taken on this weekend.
Hood Alignment-1 The first step was to realign the hood. The shop did not remove it, it has just been pushed to close to the windshield and the body lines do not align properly. You can see the lines are pretty even, but the gap is too big at the headlight bezels, plus the hood pin catches when trying to open the hood so moving the hood forward will help. I will show the AFTER photos once I get all the trim pieces painted and back on the car.
Hood Alignment-2 Here is the other side. Straight, but gap in front is too big.
Hood Alignment-3 I spent a lot of time trying to get the hood aligned and it was sitting high, even when I had it properly adjusted. The hood alignment can be tricky, because it is counter-intuitive on how you move the hood on the hinges. Nonetheless, I was struggling then I realized the boneheads at the auto shop installed the rubber stoppers upside down, so the hood would stick up high even when properly adju
Hood Alignment-4 This is the correct way to install these. You can see that it sits lower and lets the h
ood lines ride evenly with the fender.
Door Alignment BEFORE-1 More sloppy work on the doors. The shop did not remove the fenders so the doors were removed from the hinges and the hinges were left in place without moving them. This made the job a little easier since I only had one adjustment area to deal with. However, the passenger door does sit low and the adjustment for the door height is located on the hinge mount under the fender.
Door Alignment BEFORE-2 Not too bad on the driver door, except the front fender gap as seen above.
Door Alignment BEFORE-3 Here you can see the door is too low and it scraped the new paint already.
Door Alignment BEFORE-4 The door is too low and the lines do not match up.
Door Alignment BEFORE-5 Line is off.
Door Alignment BEFORE-6 A little more sag at the other end of the door. You can also see another paint chip from the door being too low. Got to fix this later.