The Steps to Complete Restoration
2. The Body
- Remove black paint from hood 11/98
- This was a real mess. A previous owner had
painted layers of primer on the hood. He must
have started to restore the finish and then given
up. It was now scratched and the primer was the
wrong type. We need a polyester primer to match
the fiberglass resin and provide a strong fill
coat under the paint. I used paint remover to
take off the primer. It was the only thing that
would dissolve the primer. There was a warning on
the can to NOT use it on fiberglass. I used it
anyway, but I did not let it stand very long. It
took several iterations of coating, waiting,
scraping to get the primer off.
- Remove lights and snaps 1/28/99
- Everything must come off the fiberglass to
prepare the car for painting. So all the lights
were removed as well as all the snaps that were
used to attach a soft top in the cars past life.
The tail lights were wrong anyway. We are going
to put the original VW lights back on.
- Fiberglass over gas tank filler hole and battery box hole
- Counter-sink all holes and start misc. bodywork
- I finally got busy again but with a slower pace
after a bad episode with my sciatic nerve. While
I was flat on my back, I had Peter Smiley (Bruce
Meyers nephew and fiberglass artisan) pick up my
fiberglass body and hood.
- Peter ground back the fiberglass around all the
holes to allow the "bondo" to stick and
then reinforced some of the weak edges with