Painting the Escort (Part 6) – Painting! (the Escort) [Part 1]

What a ridiculous title! What it means is simple: this is the first post dealing with the actual painting. Why don’t I simply wait till I’m done painting and make a single post? Because, it is the process, not the product, that matters. Deep.

Rear Lights 2 - Brake Light Brake Light

Now, this morning I did my first coat. Then, tonight, I did my second coat (see the image EXIF data for the times: I work late). The plan is that I will pick up more paint tomorrow morning, then do a third coat. I will see how it turns out, and chances are I will let it dry till the next morning, when I will do a light wet sanding to remove the dust and bugs that may get stuck it in, smooth off the paint, then I will do the final coat (or two…)

More photos after the break!!! (And, of course, the photo of me that I promised).Mask
Geared up for battle.

Me coveralls
In my full body armour, hahaha!

A very, very nice shade of yellow.

Gas Tank
I try my best to get everything I can. All the details count.

Rear Right

Look at that glow. As my mom’s boyfriend remarked, it will be very noticeable.

This is the shine you will see when I leave you in my dust. This paint job gives my car a 30hp increase. True science.


The colour paint is much, much more sticky than the primer. My eyelashes were all stuck together this morning with paint, and my face was yellow. I had to adapt my face masking technique.

Shoes were affected as well. To anyone attempting this: the paint will get everywhere. Hair, face, all clothing, walls, floors. Make sure you mask everything you don’t want paint on.

Job well Done
Feeling good after a day of hard work!

Next post: likely after more painting, perhaps sanding, and perhaps the reconditioning of internal trim pieces.

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Monday, May 31st, 2010 Uncategorized

3 Comments to Painting the Escort (Part 6) – Painting! (the Escort) [Part 1]

  • Lisa says:

    Great colour – looks good!

  • guy says:

    Looks like you found a new trade,taking any orders?

    • Dan says:

      Hahaha, not quite. It was definitely a cool project, however there is a lot to go wrong. More experience would certainly help, but when things do go wrong, it takes a lot of time to fix it.

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