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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    Beautiful!

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    GORGOUS color!

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    What was your prepping work on this car? Hand rubbed or machine? If so what sander did you use ? Can you give us an idea of the total cost? Looks gorgeous!

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    Car looks great! Try a Magic Eraser (gently as they are mildly abrasive) and plenty of water and you can get the top back to almost new condition if it is not torn. The bumper should be able to be straightened as time and budget permit.

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    Quote Originally Posted by blueboy View Post
    What was your prepping work on this car? Hand rubbed or machine? If so what sander did you use ? Can you give us an idea of the total cost? Looks gorgeous!
    I didn't paint it, I just removed all the Chrome, Mirrors, Lock Cylinders, Grille, etc.
    The Car was taken to bare metal, and painted. It cost me $1700

    If you want to know how to do it yourself check out CSBUCKIN's Thread. A lot to learn in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsherid1 View Post
    Car looks great! Try a Magic Eraser (gently as they are mildly abrasive) and plenty of water and you can get the top back to almost new condition if it is not torn. The bumper should be able to be straightened as time and budget permit.
    Good Plan, I'll give it a try. Thanks.

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    That bumper damage is from hitting a high curb (I know). The top plate of the center section is bent. I have never tried to straighten them, just replace. The front center section can be straightened. The rest of the damage is in the brackets.

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    I think it gives a little character. my 87 has a round dent in the front bumper corner like a softball hit it.

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    Would you mind giving us a little more info on your stripping to metal process please? I'm about to haver a go at Blueboy, my 1976 CDV. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by deVille33
    That bumper damage is from hitting a high curb (I know). The top plate of the center section is bent. I have never tried to straighten them, just replace. The front center section can be straightened. The rest of the damage is in the brackets.
    Do you know how to straighten a tweaked front bumper? Mine is racked about 1/4 inch downward on the right side from when it got hit a few years ago. It wouldn't be a problem except I can't install my right fender filler. I could shove it back up to where it should be with a 2 foot J-bar on the frame to bumper brace on the right side, but it would drop back down.

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    the front bumpers should be on pistons like the rear. Maybe the piston plate bent instead of compressing in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by outsider
    the front bumpers should be on pistons like the rear. Maybe the piston plate bent instead of compressing in?
    I looked at them when I crawled under it to try to readjust the right side chrome piece (need a new one because the bottom of it is bowed down). The pistons plates seem ok (nothing obviously messed up) and the bumper isn't shoved in or out. Maybe I could shim between the piston plate and the bumper and try to straighten it that way.

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    Quote Originally Posted by blueboy View Post
    Would you mind giving us a little more info on your stripping to metal process please? I'm about to haver a go at Blueboy, my 1976 CDV. Thanks
    I just removed all of the chrome/ trim etc, and re installed it. They took the paint off.
    They used a chemical called Aircraft Stripper, and sanded a bit for the primer to stick.
    If you decide to use that chemical, BE CAREFUL! People have died using it, albeit usually when they were using it in bathrooms to strip tubs.
    The fumes are what kills, the chemical itself will burn the skin, so wear gloves and work outdoors, and try not to breathe that crap.
    That being said, it is cheap and works well.

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    Quote Originally Posted by cadillac kevin View Post
    Do you know how to straighten a tweaked front bumper? Mine is racked about 1/4 inch downward on the right side from when it got hit a few years ago. It wouldn't be a problem except I can't install my right fender filler. I could shove it back up to where it should be with a 2 foot J-bar on the frame to bumper brace on the right side, but it would drop back down.
    I have never tried it, but I have a theory. Disassemble the bumper and remove the top plate and place it on a wooden work table. Use a block of wood (placed over the distorted area) and a sledge hammer, or a heavy dead blow hammer. It may not get back to the original contour, but it should be very close. As I say, I haven't tried it, as yet, but it may be worth the effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deVille33
    I have never tried it, but I have a theory. Disassemble the bumper and remove the top plate and place it on a wooden work table. Use a block of wood (placed over the distorted area) and a sledge hammer, or a heavy dead blow hammer. It may not get back to the original contour, but it should be very close. As I say, I haven't tried it, as yet, but it may be worth the effort.
    The problem is there is no visible damage to the main bumper to fix. It's not dented or anything. It is twisted just enough that the right fender filler will not fit (it's ABS, so the bumper has to be perfectly straight). I've been on the hunt for a new bumper at the junkyards, but finding a bumper that has nicer chrome than mine is proving to be a challenge (mine has super light scratches on it (part of the finish?) and tiny pinpoint dimples in the finish.) I've also been looking at sub 1k parts cars (occassionally one will pop up that looks nice inside and out but has a bad trans or rear end or something)

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    Re: Pics of the 77 CDV after paint

    I would try shimming the bumper where it's bent and then tighten down the bolts. Over time it may unbend.

    If not, you could maybe try clamping the bumper down and trying to bolt a pry bar like apparatus to the bent section and pry it up. I dunno, but it should be able to be straightened!

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