Liv­ingthe Leg­end

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With the primer hav­ing hard­ened for a month, the colour coat beck­oned. I’d had a few sprays of Plat­inum Metal­lic done to the sun­roof panel and new front wings, one shade of which was based on a spec­tro­graphic anal­y­sis of the orig­i­nal paint. Sci­ence even­tu­ally had to bow be­fore the hu­man eye as the com­puter mix of Porsche Plat­inum came out too dark and life­less, but one choice out of a be­wil­der­ing se­lec­tion of Mipa paint chip sam­ples screamed out as ‘the One’.

St­effi the SC’S birth­date on her C.O.A. is 15 Jan­uary 1982, so it was quite the fit­ting co­in­ci­dence that her colour coats were ap­plied on 15 Jan­uary 2018. What a 36th birth­day present! Once more, Ty­rone Fuller, pro­pri­etor of Riviera Au­to­body, was his usual ac­com­mo­dat­ing self in let­ting me into the spray booth to record the event. Ku­dos to him – I didn’t put him off, and it was a plea­sure to watch the colour go on.

Be­ing a for­mer graphic de­signer and air­brush il­lus­tra­tor, it in­trigued me to watch the Plat­inum Metal­lic paint be­ing mixed up for the gun, the main dif­fer­ence be­ing the scale of things. You might think plat­inum is a sim­ple mix of sil­ver and gold, but no; like any tasty recipe it’s the care­fully por­tioned ex­tra lit­tle herbs and spices that lift the dish. Porsche’s Plat­inum Metal­lic is a six-way mix: sil­ver is the largest by vol­ume, then a splash of gold, two sep­a­rate shades of black, a lit­tle dark ochre and fi­nally, a spill of retina-bust­ing bright or­ange… all to 1/10th per­cent­age point ac­cu­racy.

In all, five coats of Mipa wa­ter-based paint were ap­plied to the body shell, the first be­ing just a light dust­ing of colour, then three heav­ier lay­ers, all sprayed at 2 bar pres­sure. The fi­nal layer is the ‘drop coat’, so-called as the gun pres­sure is halved to 1 bar which en­ables the max­i­mum amount of paint to con­tact the sur­faces and flow. It’s a strange process to ob­serve as the paint lays on the sur­face in dif­fer­ent den­si­ties look­ing like soft tiger stripes, but th­ese dis­ap­pear in a few sec­onds as the paint shifts and set­tles. This is topped off with three lay­ers of Les­onal HS Pre­mium clear lac­quer. The first is a ‘semi-wet’ 3/4 coat, fol­lowed by two heavy ap­pli­ca­tions which, when dry, re­ceive a good pol­ish. The smaller pan­els fol­lowed the same process over the next few weeks.

Mean­while, Clas­sic FX’S Garry Hall had re­ceived the head­liner ma­te­rial and turned my job around pronto. I col­lected it from him and took it straight to Riviera where the multi-tal­ented Ja­son, their ace met­al­worker, ex­pertly fit­ted the head­liner. All the glass is in and the South­bound­sup­plied car­pet set is be­gin­ning to dress the in­te­rior as I write this up. I’m burst­ing with ex­cite­ment! More next month!

Gina Pur­cell Ox­ford, UK Model 911 SC Year 1982 Ac­quired April 2014 Model 964 Car­rera 4 Year 1989 Ac­quired Septem­ber 2004

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