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GTM Coupe Teardown Starts 
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
I will be using the solid color to keep with the 80's look rather than base clear... Mike

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MiniMike in Victoria
1989 GTM Coupe
1989 Mini 30 VTEC
1962 Mini Van VTEC Project


Fri Apr 12, 2013 11:10 pm
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
yes iam going solid on mine to :)


Sat Apr 13, 2013 7:56 am
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
I have sorted all the obvious little defects..spent 2 hours going over the car with a light tube and marking everything with tape.. then hit every area with some polyester filler, and after curing, sanded each of these areas. Then cleaned up the dust and coated the car in a light dusting of black blocking spray..the the rest of the car will be blocked out to check for any other low spots or defects.... There were a lot of little pinholes that had to be filled as well as some slight scoring that I missed when sanding and filling the first time..

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More sanding! This is the part I don't like, but I know has to be done..more time here, hopefully means a better final paint job!..

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MiniMike in Victoria
1989 GTM Coupe
1989 Mini 30 VTEC
1962 Mini Van VTEC Project


Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:33 pm
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
Thats the best part i do this for my day job all day every day :D


Sun Apr 14, 2013 9:16 am
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
flippspeed, too bad you were not here..always good to have a pro to check out the work and point out anything wrong.. Got the car blocked out yesterday after a lot of sanding..found a couple of small defects and some low spots to clean up, then will shoot another 2 coats of the high build and sand that back with 400/600 to be ready for the color.. .. there are not a lot of flat surfaces on the car, everything has a lot of curvature, with the exception of the boot cover!

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MiniMike in Victoria
1989 GTM Coupe
1989 Mini 30 VTEC
1962 Mini Van VTEC Project


Sun Apr 14, 2013 4:19 pm
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
yes would been good to help but your a bit to far away ,all the hard work will be worth it in the end looking forward to see the pictures when shes painted :D


Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:24 pm
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
Well the car is all blocked and then some more touch ups required. I got a sample of a colored high solids primer / sealer that I am trying for the remaining high build touch ups, and then will spray the entire car with it as a sealer.. there are different mixing instructions for use as a primer vrs a sealer using the same base. I got it sprayed as high build and then tonight knocked back with 320.. then hopefully final 400 sand tomorrow and paint on the weekend. Here's a couple of pics after spraying the new high build. The other thing with it is that is goes on with a slight gloss, so you don't need to use a guide coat.. when you sand it back any low spots show up as glossy..

Shooting the whole car in this as a sealer should make the final color easier to cover as the car will already be red with the primer...

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MiniMike in Victoria
1989 GTM Coupe
1989 Mini 30 VTEC
1962 Mini Van VTEC Project


Fri May 03, 2013 5:13 am
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
Got the painting done today.. one coat red sealer, followed by three coats of the final color..

Sealer on the rear panels and bumper.
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Sealer on the car

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Final color on the car, a lot more red than the sealer..

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It will need a rubdown as the wind picked up and there is some dust in the surface, as well as a few spots with some orange peel finish..but overall it has turned out not too bad..

Now onto the interior and windows, followed by the rest of the car..

I have to sort out what to do with the seats as the quote for doing them up was more than buying new seats! I may do them myself or buy new seats.. not sure yet..

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MiniMike in Victoria
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1989 Mini 30 VTEC
1962 Mini Van VTEC Project


Sun May 05, 2013 1:55 am
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
That looks great. Top work.


Sun May 05, 2013 10:01 am
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
You're making a cracking job of this and getting on with it, too. Makes me feel totally inadequate..... :lol:

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Sun May 05, 2013 8:48 pm
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
Thanks for the comments.. I will be respraying as when pushed out into the light today there are a few areas that did no totally cover, and a few runs and orange peel areas.. so will sand this back to get rid of the runs and orange peel and shoot hopefully for the last time.. ahhh more sanding!

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MiniMike in Victoria
1989 GTM Coupe
1989 Mini 30 VTEC
1962 Mini Van VTEC Project


Mon May 06, 2013 1:21 am
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
Got the car sanded down with 800 and resprayed.. now just doing a color sand and buff of the car to bring out a nice shine.. I got a front emblem made up by a friend with a milling machine..he dropped by with the finished product today.. this will be buffed up and clear coated to keep the aluminum from oxidizing.. here is a few shots..it fits perfectly in the recess I made in the hood..

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Now back to color sanding and buffing...

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MiniMike in Victoria
1989 GTM Coupe
1989 Mini 30 VTEC
1962 Mini Van VTEC Project


Sat May 18, 2013 5:52 pm
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
Looking good, loving the badge , sadly I'm still at the case of grinding out the gel coat crazing and re- gel coating .


Sat May 18, 2013 6:10 pm
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
What you're doing now is a bit of a pain, but will determine how good the car looks later.. so patience .. It amazing how many people have said..gee you have made a lot of progress.. just because the color is on the car.. they don't realize how much work went into getting there..

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MiniMike in Victoria
1989 GTM Coupe
1989 Mini 30 VTEC
1962 Mini Van VTEC Project


Sat May 18, 2013 9:05 pm
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Post Re: GTM Coupe Teardown Starts
All the color sanding and buffing is done, so pretty much done the paintwork.. here are some pics of it in the sunlight.. now on to reassembly..

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1989 Mini 30 VTEC
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Tue May 21, 2013 1:23 am
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