Painting the 5ktq

Ben Swann bswann at
Wed Dec 18 10:47:50 EST 2002


I was going to say pretty much waht Dave did. So without reierating, just
take a look at the Charcoal metallic Sikkens paint job that was put on my
'81 Scirocco - this was about 10 years ago, but that is the way to go, but
a good job will cost over $1k and hat is if you do all of the prep work,
remove lights and bumpers, totally strip the car.  Maybe you have a freind
who will work with you on this, like I did.

or just the picture:


[Hey guys,
 I'm planning on getting my '86 5ktq painted this summer (or maybe over
spring break) and thought I'd get some tips before I find someone to do it.
The car is charcoal metallic (not sure what the real name is) and is
suffering from peeling clearcoat very bad. I'm probably gonna have to sand
down to bare metal in some places :( . The car looks terrible to tell the
truth. I know I want something that's going to look better than the factory
job. I'm going with the same color because I only need the exterior done. I
want that thick, glossy look. Is that just achieved using extra coats of
base and clear coat, or are
special paints involved? Any of you guys have any experience with this
color or other metallic colors? Any other suggestions (primers, paint
suppliers)? I even thought about getting more metallic, too. Is that ricey?
'86 5ktq]
[From: "Dave Glubrecht" <daveglu at>
To: <quattro at>, "jason snider" <jason_chad at>
Subject: Re: Painting the 5ktq
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2002 01:38:24 -0800

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
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]

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