Project Ninety: Part Eight

There’s noth­ing like a pro job for the per­fect fin­ish. But Ed learns plenty of tips to help DIY sprayers pro­duce a mas­ter­piece

Land Rover Monthly - - Writer's Rovers - ED EVANS

150 The Ninety re­ceives a pro paint job, but we have lots of tips to help the DIY sprayer

Paint mix­ing equip­ment, spray guns, DA sander, buf­fer and pol­isher

Af­ter last month’s stalled paint­ing ses­sion due to an un­planned body re­pair, we’re now back in busi­ness. No mat­ter how well the ve­hi­cle is pre­pared ready for the spray shop, there is al­ways the fine line be­tween dam­age that will be re­pairable, and dam­age that won’t. In our case, we as­sumed a dented and cracked rear panel could be skimmed over and painted and, if some ev­i­dence of the dam­age re­mained, we would wear that as a bit of char­ac­ter – ev­i­dence of the ve­hi­cle’s his­tory.

But the spray shop was hav­ing none of that. On close ex­am­i­na­tion it was ob­vi­ously not right to leave the bro­ken panel pop-riv­eted to­gether un­der new paint. Also, the dam­age had ex­tended to the rear left wing which was kinked, and the only way to sort that was by re­mov­ing the dam­aged rear quar­ter panel, straight­en­ing the wing, then fit­ting a new quar­ter panel in the way Land Rover built it.

Nick Hooper, Marsh­brook Garage’s paint spray­ing specialist, was on a mis­sion to get the Ninety ab­so­lutely right, and I was all up for that, of course. Nick’s a bit old school. He doesn’t have a state-of-the-art en­vi­ron­ment-con­trolled spray booth, but nev­er­the­less works with his skills, tricks, knowl­edge of the ways of paint, and ob­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence to pro­duce ex­actly the sort of fin­ish we’d want to see on an old clas­sic Ninety. Some­how, he gets it right, with­out let­ting it look like a brand-new ve­hi­cle.

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