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1985-1996 Fleetwood and Brougham Forum Discussion, Paint job on 76 cdv in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Anyone have some facts and figures on a repaint job on a 1976 CDV? Body pretty good, trunk lid bottom ...
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    Paint job on 76 cdv

    Anyone have some facts and figures on a repaint job on a 1976 CDV? Body pretty good, trunk lid bottom corroded, bottom of rear where vinyl top meets body corrode and the rear fillers need replacing but all else good.

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    Sounds pretty standard. Are you doing the work yourself or having it done?

    If doing it yourself you have to ask yourself how perfect do you need it and how much money do you want to spend? You can replace a lot of sheet metal (like the rusted trunk lid) or you can repair them with some basic rust repair techniques. wire brush wheel, some rust converter of your choice (4 parts 1 to 1 part vinegar seems to work pretty good for a cheap option) and then fiberglass filler it. With enough sanding you can make it unnoticeable.

    If you're looking to have it done professionally you'll pay a lot I bet. Rust repair is a lengthy process involving a lot of sanding. And then the painting requires even more hours of sanding.

    Check out csbuckn's thread. He was a first time painter and it came out great.

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    I'm planning on prepping the car myself, carefully removing the trim and then lotsa sanding down. I'm interested in stripping techniques? I will have the paint job done professionally.......a good body shop with a decent paint room. Will try working on the trunk lid very soon but might be easier to replace it. Fleetwood body manual should be arriving soon. Thanks:-)

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    I'm planning on prepping the car myself, carefully removing the trim and then lotsa sanding down. I'm interested in stripping techniques? I will have the paint job done professionally.......a good body shop with a decent paint room. Will try working on the trunk lid very soon but might be easier to replace it. Fleetwood body manual should be arriving soon. Coiuldn't fiond csbuckn's thread? Thanks:-)

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    do you have a air compressor with a DA or inline sander? If you do, use them! The DA (dual action) is probably the most important sanding tool you could have for body work. block sanding is needed for the finishing but i couldn't imagine sanding down a whole car by hand without a DA!

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    I have been reading about all different kinds of paint types.
    Might be a good plan to work with your painter from the start so your prep work will work there paint - procedures - capabilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueboy View Post
    I'm interested in stripping techniques? Thanks:-)
    http://www.hotrod.com/howto/hdrp_060...s/viewall.html

    scuff-and-shoot for the win

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    Apparently Soda blasting is not correct.
    http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/soda...ing-83749.html

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    I'm a fan of scuff and spray. I've never taken the whole car down to bare metal, only sections that needed work like rust or dents.

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    Scuff and spray is the way to go if you can get away with it. In my case the car had blistering where the primer was losing adhesion to the metal, not a good base. I also wonder when you see old Caddys with cracks in the paint that looks like alligator skin, if the cracks go into the primer, in that case scuff and spray might not work either.

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    I agree and will proceed with scuff and spray to start with. I do have significant rust around the bottom of the trunk lid and around the base of the vinyl top...not unusual. I intend to go see my local paint shop this week and discuss the process with them. I have reduced the pics to a mere 230KB but I still can't get them to load.....keeps telling me I have exceeded my limt ...which I have not!.........GRRH!!! Meanwhile the stripping of trim continues.

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    I also would recommend a wire brush wheel on an angle grinder for rusty spots that are hard to get to

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueboy
    I agree and will proceed with scuff and spray to start with. I do have significant rust around the bottom of the trunk lid and around the base of the vinyl top...not unusual. I intend to go see my local paint shop this week and discuss the process with them. I have reduced the pics to a mere 230KB but I still can't get them to load.....keeps telling me I have exceeded my limt ...which I have not!.........GRRH!!! Meanwhile the stripping of trim continues.
    Maybe it's time for a photobucket or imageshack account?

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    Remembered, I have a flicker account:
    TRUNK LID
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9511231832/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9508440539/
    REAR WINDOW
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/6238256...th/9508440539/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9511261650/

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    Wow, flickr is really slow. I gave up waiting for a pic to load. Try this. Right click on the image, click on "copy image location", and past it between these tags [img] [/img]

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    76 CDV Rear Window Meets Trunk Replacement

    Hi Guys I've stripped off the bottom of the vinyl top and here's the result:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62382565@N03/9540368420/

    Pretty nasty stuff eh?
    So I suppose need to get the bad part cut out and replaced. I can see where the seams are...is it possible to cut it out get a replacement from a similar year deville (does it have to be a coupe?) or have it made and have it welded in place? Or should I just ...I know this is sacrilege but....fill it with glass fibre/bondo and move on?
    Opinions please.
    Thanks

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    Re: Paint job on 76 cdv

    You haven't said how much you want to spend, or how high quality wise, you want to go with your car. The color of your car matters as well. Darker colors require more prep because flaws (wavy body work especially) show up more than they do with light colors. Replacing rusted panels like hoods, doors, and deck lids usually makes more sense than trying to repair them due to how costly rust repairs are. I always sand blast rust because it is the only way for sure to get all the corrosion out. Even if it makes a hole, cut and weld a new piece of steel in if you are really looking for a long lasting repair. Give us some more info, and I can give my 2 cents worth. I am not a professional body or paint guy, but I have done lots of it over the last 40 years. If you really take your time, nothing can make your car look better than a really well done paint job.

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    Re: 76 CDV Rear Window Meets Trunk Replacement

    If it were me, I'll do it right the first time. Which is find another piece off of a same year and model. I don't think a sedan would work but maybe someone else can chime in on that.
    I wouldn't bondo over it. If you cannot locate another piece, make it.

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