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Crown Victoria Project Update - Build a Panther, Part Three: The Paintjob

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Though this is the third part in our series, the paintjob was actually the first thing I did to the car after buying it. To recap, this is the '03 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor I bought from Ken Porter Auctions in Gardena, California, for the paltry sum of $1,500. While the body of the car wasn't bashed up, the paint was scruffy looking. I thought I would be able to drive it around without caring what it looked like, but those who know me would have pointed out my flawed thinking. I'm the guy who washes his car religiously—once a week at least. So it only took about two days of looking at the dull, furry-looking finish, complete with hastily applied, aerosol-black on the doors and roof before I was scratching all that stuff off. From start to finish, the whole job took five weeks, working nights and weekends. There are things I wish I had done better, but the car looks pretty decent now. There are lots of pictures here, so let's get to it.

Parts
DescriptionPNSourcePrice
3/4-inch masking tape, 3 rolls51512Eastwood8.97
1 1/2-inch masking tape51514Eastwood4.99
3M trim masking tape4362Meza23.99
Fine line tape50737Eastwood7.99
18-inch green masking paper, 2 rolls4367Top Guns50.58
14' x 350' plastic sheetingAsk for itMeza21.46
PRE Painting Prep21567 ZPEastwood22.99
Epoxy primer kit, 1 quart51126 ZPEastwood39.99
1 OT mixing cups, set of five51202Eastwood4.99
Dura-Block, 7-piece kit31160Eastwood59.99
Indasa 80-grit adhesive-backed sandpaper roll31375Eastwood21.99
Indasa 120-grit adhesive-backed sandpaper roll31375Eastwood15.99
Indasa 220-grit adhesive backed sandpaper roll19628Eastwood17.99
Indasa 400-grit adhesive-backed sandpaper roll31377Eastwood16.99
Rhynalox 6-inch adhesive-backed 80-grit DA paper, 100 disc roll19619Eastwood17.99
Rhynalox 6-inch adhesive-backed 120-grit DA paper, 100 disc roll19616Eastwood27.99
Valspar SunCryl acrylic enamel, 1 quartAsk for itTop Guns37.1
Mar-Hyde acrylid enamel activatorAsk for itTop Guns23.8
Universal reducerAsk for itTop Guns15.2
Hammer and dolly set31161Eastwood39.99
Slapper hammerHTS-0095TM Technologies45
SEM EZ Coat primer62213Top Guns9.75
Evercoat Metal Glaze 30-oz pump bottle31279ZEastwood34.99
Mixing boardDYN.366Meza3.33
Body filler spreader four-packGL1101Top Guns6.86
DeVilbiss Starting Line spray gun kit12506Eastwood139.99
PCL gun-cleaning solvent (Don't call me lacquer thinner!), 1 gallonAsk for itTop Guns15.08
Valspar DTM 200 tintable primer, 1 gallon plus reducer and activator8007Top Guns189
Nason Ful-Thanne single-stage urethane, 1 gallon plus reducer and activator (281.00 per gallon, needed 2 gallons to complete)Ask for itMeza562
3 meters WetOrDry sandpaper, 1500-grit32023Top Guns7.62
3 meters WetOrDry sandpaper, 2000-grit32044Top Guns7.62
3M Perfect-It compounding pad5723Top Guns26.89
3M Perfect-It polishing pad5725Top Guns26.29
3M rubbing compound, 1 quart5973Top Guns20.6
Motor Guard flexible sanding blockSB-1Top Guns3.99
Makita rotary buffer9227CSomewhere in Cleveland189.29
3M Hook-It Back-up pad5717Top Guns43.03
Meguiars Swirl Free polish82Top Guns17.99
Liquid Carnauba waxJW8Jax Wax7.95
Total:$1838.24
SOURCES
The Eastwood Company
800-345-1178
http://www.eastwood.com
Meguiars
17991 Mitchell South
Irvine
CA  92614
800-347-5700
www.meguiars.com
Jax Wax
Columbus
OH
877-752-9929
www.jaxwax.com
TM Technologies
N. San Juan
CA
530-292-3506
www.tinmantech.com
Miller Electric
1635 W. Spencer Street
Appleton
WI  54912
920-734-9821
http://www.millerwelds.com
St. Thomas Assembly Plant
St. Thomas, Ontario
En.Wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Thomas
_AssemblyEn.Wikipedia.org/wiki/S
t._Thomas_Assembly
Top Guns Auto Paint and Supply
Gardena
CA
310-538-1636
www.topgunsautopaintandsupply.co
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Meza Bodyshop Supplies
Gardena
CA
310-516-6761
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2 comments
The Don-#002
The Don-#002

first rule is never go over 30% thinners.solvent pop can be a pain but you done a great job. looks like a really fun project!

topgunsautopaint
topgunsautopaint

That was a hell of a great job you did and thatnks for using Top guns auto paint as your paint supplier and advisors Ty Jesse J MarchenaM

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