To paint or not to paint....

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To paint or not to paint....

Post by simonjrwinter » Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:02 pm

Got my car provisionally booked in with a top painter for around October time. Trouble is, I’ve not got my hood or tonneau yet. Can I position the studs in the body (in the marked places) knowing the tonneau and hood will fit? Or should I wait until I’ve fitted the hood etc before it goes to paint? Did anyone else do it “back to front”? How did it go?
Any advice appreciated
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Re: To paint or not to paint....

Post by peterc » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:28 pm

The obvious worry is that having spent a chunk of money on the paintwork the last thing you want to do is damage it putting in the studs. I was chastised for not following Gerry’s markings exactly. Memory says that I didn’t realise it was that critical e.g. not realising they wold have a pattern to mark the hood, so I only took the markings as a guide when I fitted my tonneau. The hood came later.
So I think you should have the confidence of drilling the stud holes and tapping the threads ready providing you following the markings precisely.
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Re: To paint or not to paint....

Post by StewbieC » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:29 pm

I fitted the lift a dots before paint. The position is marked in the Gelcoat and there's normally quite a big flange area to fit the female fittings to suit in the hood or tonneau.
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Re: To paint or not to paint....

Post by Jerryedmans » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:09 pm

I fitted the studs into the body first. Then you position the hood, mark where the lift-a-dots need to go with chalk and then punch the hole in hood to fit the lift-a-dot. To fit studs drill and tap the fibreglass as per the markings. The studs then screw in nicely.

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