Painting the 5ktq

Dave Glubrecht daveglu at
Wed Dec 18 01:38:24 EST 2002

Better than factory, that is one tall order.  I would set aside $1,000 for
materials. Finding someone to do it will also be difficult especially with
your expectations.  Few people around here will even do a quality complete
repaint.  Sounds like a $3 to $4k job.    My bodyman claims Sikens paint is
best (factory on German cars) and you absolutely want to use at least a two
stage paint.
  An deep glossy look can be achieved by adding a bit of color to your first
coat of clear.  Get lots of clear on it and careful colorsanding with 1.5-2k
grit paper and lots of buffing.  Very labor intensive and skilled work.
I would suggest being a bit more reasonable with your goals, a bunch of DIY,
hopefully you can find a friend or somebody to help.  You will hear it
again, but believe 95% is prepwork. Be proud of what you did and the lessons
you learned.
 Good luck
      Dave G

> Hey guys,
>  I'm planning on getting my '86 5ktq painted this summer (or maybe over
> break) and thought I'd get some tips before I find someone to do it. The
> is charcoal metallic (not sure what the real name is) and is suffering
> peeling clearcoat very bad. I'm probably gonna have to sand down to bare
> in some places :( . The car looks terrible to tell the truth. I know I
> something that's going to look better than the factory job. I'm going with
> same color because I only need the exterior done. I want that thick,
> look. Is that just achieved using extra coats of base and clear coat, or
> special paints involved? Any of you guys have any experience with this
> or other metallic colors? Any other suggestions (primers, paint
suppliers)? I
> even thought about getting more metallic, too. Is that ricey?
> Thanks,
> Jason
> '86 5ktq
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