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Old 12-15-2014, 01:50 PM   #91
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Thanks Guys!

Sprayed some primer this weekend:


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Old 12-17-2014, 04:42 AM   #92
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Thanks for taking the time to post this here. I love seeing restoration threads like this. You've put in a lot of work, and it's looking great so far!
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:32 PM   #93
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Wow that was a lot of work. Looks nice.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:55 PM   #94
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Thanks for taking the time to post this here. I love seeing restoration threads like this. You've put in a lot of work, and it's looking great so far!
Thanks, more work to be done, but it's been too cold since the first of the year. Hopefully temps start to moderate a bit more in my area.

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Wow that was a lot of work. Looks nice.
Thanks Kendal!
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:29 PM   #95
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Always enjoy seeing your work on this car. Wish I had your skills! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:09 PM   #96
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^^ Thanks Steve!
Ok, I'm still working on it, bits and pieces in the basement to beat the wonderful winter we're having.....
Anyway, here is the mess of a lower air dam, sanded down:


Work on the cracks, need to v-notch the bad areas:



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Cleaning up the back side in prep for the flexible repair epoxy:

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Old 02-26-2015, 09:10 PM   #97
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Applying the flexible bonding epoxy stuff is a multi-night process for me. First I did the back of the passenger side:

Tonight I did the front of the passenger side:

And I also did the back of the drivers side:

Note that the back side has mesh screen to add strength.
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:13 PM   #98
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the lower front air dam is pretty much done except for a final sand down with 220 before a light coat of primer. Here's the pass side after a 2nd coat of filler:

Sanded down:

Drivers side during:

after:

The whole enchilada:

Not bad considering what I started with:

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Old 02-26-2015, 09:14 PM   #99
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And finished more sanding, another item checked off the to-do list....
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:50 AM   #100
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Hi JT,

I never knew that those spoiler kit components (air dams, etc.) could be repaired like that. If I remember correctly, I think they are made out of polyurethane or a similar substance. And their natural color (before painting) is yellow. Of course, my 1988 Mustang GT has many more of those components than a 1982 Mustang GT, making repairs more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive.

It's good to know that an epoxy exists that can be used to repair them. I always remembered people (body shop workers, etc.) saying that those components couldn't be repaired. Once they were broken, they just threw them out and bought new ones. I guess that was the "efficient" (or time-saving) thing to do when these cars were new, and the parts were more easily obtainable. Now that these cars are much older, and those parts are not as readily available, I assume that fixing them with epoxy becomes a more attractive option.

Since those parts are flexible, you can't use regular paint on them because it would crack and fall off, right? There is a special type of paint that must be used on those components. I think that's why those spoiler kit components tend to fade faster than the metal body parts, because it is a different type of paint. Based on my real world experiences and observations, after several years, those polyurethane spoiler kit components usually appear to be a different color than the rest of the car. It is especially noticeable on certain color cars (grey, red, etc.). On other color cars (black, white, etc.), the color difference is less noticeable.

Keep up the excellent work!!!

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Old 03-22-2015, 07:55 PM   #101
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Hi JT,

I never knew that those spoiler kit components (air dams, etc.) could be repaired like that. If I remember correctly, I think they are made out of polyurethane or a similar substance. And their natural color (before painting) is yellow. Of course, my 1988 Mustang GT has many more of those components than a 1982 Mustang GT, making repairs more difficult, time-consuming, and expensive.

It's good to know that an epoxy exists that can be used to repair them. I always remembered people (body shop workers, etc.) saying that those components couldn't be repaired. Once they were broken, they just threw them out and bought new ones. I guess that was the "efficient" (or time-saving) thing to do when these cars were new, and the parts were more easily obtainable. Now that these cars are much older, and those parts are not as readily available, I assume that fixing them with epoxy becomes a more attractive option.

Since those parts are flexible, you can't use regular paint on them because it would crack and fall off, right? There is a special type of paint that must be used on those components. I think that's why those spoiler kit components tend to fade faster than the metal body parts, because it is a different type of paint. Based on my real world experiences and observations, after several years, those polyurethane spoiler kit components usually appear to be a different color than the rest of the car. It is especially noticeable on certain color cars (grey, red, etc.). On other color cars (black, white, etc.), the color difference is less noticeable.

Keep up the excellent work!!!

Everyone appreciates your posts and photos.
Back in the day, it was easier to just throw out the old parts and bolt on new fresh metal, bumper covers, etc from FoMoCo.

Regarding the paint, today's urethane paints are much more forgiving than older single stage enamels. You can add flex agent to help, but from what I understand, the flex agent eventually dissipates and the paint becomes hard any way....
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:55 PM   #102
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Been working on the front end. Started with loosely mounting the lower air dam:

Then realized I had to fix the broken studs on the inside of the upper bumper cover. Cut the old ones out and used some JB weld to hold these stainless 1/4-20 bolts in the brackets:

Ready to go:

Then removed the lower extensions and put it all together:

First time this has been on the car since I tore it apart many moons ago.....
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Old 01-29-2017, 08:26 PM   #103
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I've been busy while this site was down. I'm going to post the highlights.
Here we go.....





All masked and ready to go.
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Old 01-29-2017, 08:28 PM   #104
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Paint went on early Nov, after I spend a bunch of time spraying all the jambs, underside of the hood and under the hatch....
First the sealer coat (no pics) then the base coat (3 coats):



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Old 01-29-2017, 08:30 PM   #105
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Then 2 coats of clear coat:






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