Facelift for the '81

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  1. Evil81

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    After 15 years of having an orange Camaro on 17" wheels I decided a change was needed. I started on the bodywork in June when time allowed and began fixing dents and lining panels up. It took the better part of the summer to get things the way I wanted. When it came time for paint I threw caution to the wind and went with the Dupli-Color Paint Shop system in Molten Red Metallic. So here's what I can say about it: You're only as good as your prep work and if you think you're going to buy a can of primer, 3 cans of base, a can of clear, a harbor freight hvlp, and have a showcar finish you're sadly mistaken. I went with 4 heavy coats of primer, 5 coats of base, and 4 coats of clear shot through a Husky hvlp gun with a 1.4 tip hooked up to a 5hp Coleman compressor. Over spray was minimal and the primer and paint laid down well but straining is a must!! The clear was thick and I had to thin it but had no problems achieving the finish I wanted. The key to this paint system is the right psi on the gun. I set mine at 17psi at the inlet and had no problems. Total cost including all of my bodywork supplies, paint supplies, and the hvlp guns was just shy of $700. As for wheels I ditched the 17s and went with factory 15"ers with 225/70/15 Goodyears. Even with the Hotchkis front and rear drop there's no rubbing and the ride is much better. Anyway onto the pics enjoy...

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  3. Eighty1Camaro

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    Looks great! I'm just over the river from you in Sellersburg!
     
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    That looks really sharp!
     
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    Great job! Hope mine turns out as well as yours!
     
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    Good job. You did a great job on the wheels too. They don't look anything like they did when the car was primed. lol
     
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    Ya looks sweet.
     
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    Lookin' good!
     

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