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
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.