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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogsoldier View Post
    So are you painting new bits or just parts already on your motor?
    new bits! - I bought these direct from the dealer about 8 or 9 months ago and just haven't got round to painting and fitting them yet.. the gills and mirrors are both from the Z3 ///M model. I'll post up before and after comparison pics when I've finished!

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    more pics from today - now I'm back on my computer and not typing from the iPhone! LOL!...

    PARTS AFTER PREP AND PRIMER:



    GROUND COAT:



    GROUND V FIRST COAT OF COLOUR:



    2 COATS OF COLOUR (Pretty hard to pic up the metallic fleck/lustre on my iPhone camera! - but it does look better in real life!):


    I'll let it dry overnight and the plan for tomorrow is:

    (1) flatten back any high spots/imperfections and then give them their final coat of colour

    (2) paint mirror bases (acid etch primer / ground coat / colour x 2 / lacquer x 2)

    (3) paint satin black gill inlay

    (4) lacquer gills and mirrors

    (5) finish off with rubbing compound

    With any luck I might have these finished and fitted by Sunday night!

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    Nice info.

    Are you a painter etc ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffster View Post
    Nice info.

    Are you a painter etc ?
    LOL! - nope!!.. I've done some painting before and it helps knowing someone in the trade who can offer advice.. but it's been a while since I've had to do any painting. I think the last thing I painted was alloys for my MR2, then it was colour coding the sills and front splitter on the MR2 - which must have been about 9 or 10 years ago now! and before that I painted some parts on my old Fiesta! so it's been a while since I've had to do any! - but its been quite enjoyable picking it up again.. I'm realistic enough to realise that I'm not going to get it 100% - but if I get it around 90% then I'll be happy enough as I plan on putting it in the bodyshop next year anyway.

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    Here's a picture of my stock Z3 mirrors just now - notice how the aluminium has corroded/oxidised - it's a very common issue with Z3's (and will happen sooner or later) - this was the main reason for changing to the Z3 ///M items - that and they look a LOT better!







    I could have repaired and resprayed the stock Z3 mirrors fairly easily - but the Z3 ///M mirrors came up at a price I couldn't resist!

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    looks a good job that. eager to see the before and after pics!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaza01 View Post
    looks a good job that. eager to see the before and after pics!
    thanks gaza! - me too!

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    Thought I'd update the thread on progress or lack of progress today!!

    Had another look over the mirrors today (with fresh eyes) and I wasn't 100% happy with either of them (although to be fair, I was probably nit picking! LOL!) so I've decided I'm going to redo the mirror caps on both - the slight problem I have is that I've now run out of Montreal Blue paint that came in the kit!.. I bought some new cans from Halfords - but I'm not holding out too much hope for a decent colour match (I've heard mixed reviews and they can be a bit hit or miss!) - although they have a review for Montreal Blue on their website which seems vaguely promising!

    Anyway - today I managed to finish off the side gills (although I might redo the inlay tomorrow to make it matt/satin - I wasn't sure if it was mean to be properly matt/satin or if it should have a slight shine to it? ).. so I lacquered it when I was going over the rest of the gill and the more I look at it now... the more I think I should have masked it off!! - oh well.. quick job for tomorrow and then I can get them finished off with rubbing compound and get them fitted) - the first 2 pics below were pre-lacquer:



    Given both mirror caps now need rubbed back and re-done, I figured that for today (so it wasn't a complete waste) - that I'd mask the mirror caps off and make a start on the mirror bases.

    At present they've just been primed with acid etch primer and flattened back:



    The plan for tomorrow now is to finish off the mirror bases and to then finish off the gill inlay and go over the gills with some rubbing compound and then get them fitted!!

    I'll take the mirror caps right back at some point during the week and then respray them next weekend - maybe it was a bit too ambitious trying to fit it all in this weekend... still, I'd rather take my time and get it done right and make sure I'm happy with it as it would bug me if I had just fitted them knowing I had a few niggles with them!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by afcneal View Post
    Have you painted the inside door cards?
    no.. what makes you ask?..

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    Quote Originally Posted by afcneal View Post
    7th pic from the left looks like a door card - silly me!.........
    note to mrs afcneal - NO MORE sherry for neal tonight!!

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