My 1969 Pontiac Firebird is all disassembled and body is on my rotisserie....... underneath and floors inside are cleaned to bare metal ( well mostly all bare metal.... few nooks and crannies that I canâ€™t reach....... ) need some ideas on what to put on it.....?? Inside is like a rusty bare metal but solid only a few holes....... underneath is all bare metal and some old undercoating in areas where I canâ€™t get in to remove it..... I do however have a few rust issues that I plan on just filling with....??? And then painting over it...... ( trying to get away without cutting and welding...... ) I also plan on painting the whole car but Iâ€™m going to paint it just so it has paint on it....... ( painting it right here in my garage....... ) canâ€™t afford a â€œ professional paint job â€œ and itâ€™s not a show car either.... I just want to drive it.... once some paint is on I can start reassembly...... all other parts are just about ready to go back on along with some goodies...... lol ðŸ˜ I can provide more pictures if any one wants to see exactly what Iâ€™m doing...... Thank you
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???? That is not original paint...... car has been repainted a few times and the last was a feeble attempt at a T/A .......?? No prep work..... all the blue is chipping off.... white has rust and body work coming through it...... both bottom and inside floors are bare metal as well as some spots here and there.......Iâ€™ve got it as bare as I could get it..... some nooks and crannies that I just canâ€™t reach...... plan on going back all white with blue stripes...... thinking about using Raptor coating on the whole thing......?? Comes in white and blue aerosol cans......... fill all the holes ðŸ•³ epoxy primer and then Raptor white over the whole body.......( plus the fenders and all the other parts of the car that need to be white...... )
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure. I feel like I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. 1968 400 convertible (Scarlet) 1976 T/A - 455 LE (No Burt) 1976 firebird New baby, 35k original miles, original paint (need to think of a name) 1968 350 - 4 speed 'vert - 400 clone (the Beast!) 1968 350 convertible - Wife's car now- 400 clone (Aleutian Blue) (Blue Angel) 2008 Durango - DD 2008 GXP - New one from NH is AWESOME! 2017 Durango Citadel - Modern is nice! HEMI is amazing! 1998 Silverado Z71 - Father-daughter project 1968 400 coupe - R/A clone (Blue Pearl) (sold) 1967 326 convertible - Sold 1980 T/A SE Bandit - Sold
I agree, go back with the colors that were there prior. You seem wide open for suggestions on doing it on the cheap, so here it goes. Eastwood and others make a bunch of coatings to convert/ cover rust pretty well. You can also use a grinder/ wire brush wheel in a drill to get to metal and remove light rust then coat with an etching primer. If you are not real worried about perfection- take that drill and wire wheel and get what you can underneath then rattle can some undercoating.
FOr any holes that are good size, rivet some aluminum or tin in and then fiberglass it in.
For the panels that show- take your time on any body work and do lots of blocking and sanding to smooth the surface as best as possible, and I would look for someone who will paint on the side at your place for a way less rate than a shop. There are guys out there- you just got to look. If you cant find someone, get on a paint forum and start asking questions- guys are willing to give advice. Practice on junk then paint it yourself- doesn't have to be perfect on a low budget!
Sounds like you got some energy there so get going on it
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With the Trans Am hood, white with blue stripes would be the obvious choice for me.
Itâ€™s a fiberglass hood and needs help..... not sure yet if itâ€™s going back on....... maybe an aftermarket metal T/A hood.... but I was thinking about redoing it all white with the blue stripes...........just need to deal with the now bare metal..... and minor rust issues.........