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Old 04-19-2004, 02:46 PM   #1
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It's finally blue...

After all this time, I finally got time and space in the garage to finish painting the Fiat. Saturday, I sprayed all the jambs in the morning, (including under hood and in the trunk) and then in the afternoon did the base color on the outside. Sunday morning, I did the clear on the whole thing.









The color is Ford Cobra Sonic Blue Pearlcoat, which has a touch of purple in it. The pictures here don't seem to quite capture it. Without the flash, it's a bit darker than it looks in person (and a bitch to get in focus...), and with the flash, it's way brighter.

Next step is to install the black cloth Miata seats I got for it, along with the new black carpet, then the new black top goes on after I color-sand and buff out the paint. Most of that should be finished over the next couple weeks, so the car will be ready for warm weather, top down driving.

It's come a long way since I got it (and I'm still under 2 grand total investment... )



http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvette...at_rspyder.htm

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Old 04-19-2004, 04:26 PM   #2
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Looks pretty decent, ChrisV.
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Old 04-19-2004, 06:02 PM   #3
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It looks superb, very professional...
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Old 04-19-2004, 06:39 PM   #4
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The paint job looks great! I like the color
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Old 04-19-2004, 08:02 PM   #5
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That is a lovely colour, even if the pics don't show it to its full.. How have you become so good at spraying? My spraying is "ok" (I've been doing it for a couple of years, still learning...) but yours look seemless...
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Old 04-19-2004, 08:31 PM   #6
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Weldone Chris, that looks great, it looks exellent even if the pics dont do it justice.
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Old 04-19-2004, 09:08 PM   #7
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<---- thinks you should re-paint my car.
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Old 04-19-2004, 09:56 PM   #9
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Thanks guys! I can't wait to get it out in the sun for some accurate color shots. Part of it is that my old digital camera sucks...

Yeah, I've been painting for a long time. Starting out as an apprentice in a vintage car restoration shop when I was 14. Then my primary focus in my own shop was custom painting. So now it's pretty easy for me to get decent results in less than perfect conditions. Still, it'll look better after being color sanded and buffed out. It's just nice to finally not have it in primer...
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Old 04-20-2004, 01:28 AM   #10
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Thanks guys! I can't wait to get it out in the sun for some accurate color shots. Part of it is that my old digital camera sucks...

Yeah, I've been painting for a long time. Starting out as an apprentice in a vintage car restoration shop when I was 14. Then my primary focus in my own shop was custom painting. So now it's pretty easy for me to get decent results in less than perfect conditions. Still, it'll look better after being color sanded and buffed out. It's just nice to finally not have it in primer...



SJ and I agree, you should re-paint my car.

Come up to Wisconsin with some Black mettalic paint and teach me to basics!!!
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Old 04-26-2004, 07:53 PM   #11
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Got the Miata seats and new carpet installed this weekend.

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/fiat_spyder.htm

Here's what it looked like when I originally brought it home:



And the new seats and carpets:



The black door panels and new door sills have been installed since the pictures were taken.

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/cvetters3/miata_seats.htm
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wow excellent job on the interior I really like what you have done with this vehicle. First rate job!

I also would like you to come down to Iowa City to paint my car too. I mean if you are gonna come all the way out to Wi. for Satty, Iowa City is only another 2.5 hours more to drive
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he'd better...cause if he doesn't *shakes fist*
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Old 04-27-2004, 05:08 PM   #14
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hey, I HAVE a real job. You guys need to get yourselves in gear and come over here.

Of course, you need to get in line behind my buddy's MGB, my wife's XJ6, and our motorhome...
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Old 04-27-2004, 11:17 PM   #15
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hey, I HAVE a real job. You guys need to get yourselves in gear and come over here.

Of course, you need to get in line behind my buddy's MGB, my wife's XJ6, and our motorhome...



pfft, I think you're just afraid....


Besides, I think the Beretta should come first...Because how many people can say they have a car named after a gun?


::EDIT:: HOLY CRAP!!!! In the before pic of the interior there is a sticker on the back window that says something about Chapman....that's my last name!!!!!!
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