Painting a Miata

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Painting a Miata

Postby Loren » Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:26 pm

I was very close to committing to pay way too much money to have this car painted. Or to commit to painting the hard top and leaving the rest.

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Then Chris showed up and volunteered to do the prep and paint work, but didn't have a place to work. Well, I have a garage. And Mike turned me on to a paint shop that will rent their paint booth for a reasonable price. Game on!

I'll try to document the process here. With a pro like Chris on the case, plus my ample experience with Miatas, so far it almost seems too easy.

I've started a Flickr album to keep the photos in. So far, there's a set of "before" pictures, and a set of "day 1" pictures.

Day 1 consisted of removing most of what can be removed:
  • Front Bumper Cover
  • Rear Bumper Cover
  • Side Skirts
  • Mud Guards
  • Fender Liners
  • Headlights, taillights, side markers & 3rd brakelight
  • Emblems
  • Inner Door Panels
  • Door Windows and Waist Seals
  • Door Handles
  • Side Mirrors (need to get a better screwdriver to get the other one off)
  • Soft Top
  • Top Waist Seal
And Chris started smoothing some of the dings and scuffing the paint. The ball is rolling!

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The "Push Harder, Suck Less" philosophy explained:
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Suck Less - Drive something resembling a proper racing line.
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Painting a Miata

Postby Loren » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:43 pm

Things I need to buy, locate, or otherwise procure:

  • Front Bumper Cover - I'd like to find one that will require less prep, and without the fog light holes.
  • Door Glass - Both sides have ample vertical scratches. Yes, certain things bug me. That's one of them.
  • Door Waist Seals - They're hard, probably the cause of the above problem.
  • Door Window Guides - I think Ben has a set.
  • Driver's Side Visor - It's loose and saggy, need one that stays put.
  • Seal for 3rd brake light
  • Plugs for side sill holes
  • Plastic clips for bumper covers, fender liners, interior bits, etc.
  • Plastic holder for hood prop rod.
  • Plug for antenna hole or stubby antenna or... maybe just weld a patch in.
  • Light Bulbs - Might as well replace them all while they're out.
Loren Williams - Loren @ Invisiblesun.org
The "Push Harder, Suck Less" philosophy explained:
Push Harder - Drive as close to the limit of your tires as possible.
Suck Less - Drive something resembling a proper racing line.

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