Painting Assembled or UNassembled ?

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Painting Assembled or UNassembled ?

Postby 74_Vega_GT » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:40 pm

Ten different painters have told me ten different answers. Concerning specifically the Vega nose,
(bumper and brackets removed) where the header panel and grill meet the headlight buckets on either side, these are all tight joints, no gap. If these are painted before assembly, the paint is sure to scratch during the assembly. If the paint goes on after assembly, the tight seam is certain to fill in with paint and clear. I'm a novice at autobody repair and painting which is a trade in itself. Half of the painters I have spoken with have dogged out the Nason brand which is what we are using and so far has produced acceptable results.
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Re: Painting Assembled or UNassembled ?

Postby 79MonzaSpyder » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:31 pm

I'm not sure if this will work for your application but years ago I had some insurance damage on the front of my Monza (Urethane nose, quad light car). What the body shop did to prevent paint bridging the seam where the fender meets the urethane nose is install the nose and then just slacken the fasteners off just enough to stick a small wood spacer to keep the two part spaced apart and then after paint they just pulled the wood spacer out and tightened the fasteners back up.
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