just an update to bring the thread up to speed.
i started doing this bit last week, so i'll put it up now before it gets too old
Looking at my Battery tray area, its clear that at some point historically there had been a battery leak, and i had discuassed with Kev the options of renewing the floor to that section as it was looking rather shabby.
So i got stuck in to removing the heater blower and matrix unit, and jeees louise what a battle that was, the worst job ive come across yet on the 33, worse than splugs!
anyway, it turns out it was nowhere near as bad as i thought. The paint was very messy, but the metal still soild, so i wire brushed and stripped back all the affected area, treated with Jenolite anyway, and then searched my bodywork cupboard for a suitable dark paint to blind the whole area with.
im usually the worlds biggest satin black fan when it comes to jobs like this, but my stocks were low.
on a plus, i had 4 new cans of a paint called Plasbak. It is a semi gloss specialsied paint that i bought to colour co-ordinate the bumpers on my Black 146 Ti of last year, but sold the car wityhout having done. The beauty of the paint is it coverage, and its flexibilty as a plastic bumper coating,m so io thought i'd give it a go once i'd checked with my paintshop supplier that it is suitable for metal surfaces.
I tries some, and loved it, and started to picture Kevs sud engine and bay, a level of renovation that i once dreamt of but then dismissed once my plans to remove my engine to do the timing belts, water pump, clutch and new gearbox were cancelled, but so far i have managed to do this much...
thankfully, my strut tops and wing rails are already perfectly preserved thanks to lashings of waxoil and sealant over the years, so this fresh coating should help it all stay that way for a long time to come.
purists might want to see a colour co-ordinated engine bay, but actually i'd rather it look simple and uncomplicated, and this way any "blingy" parts i fit, like strut brace, polished air intake pipework etc etc will then stand out much more.
all the top side of things is done, inner wings on the inside too, and once Kev has waved his sparking wand around i will be doing the same Wirebrush, Jenolite and Plasbak treatment to all the outer surfaces of the inner wings, arches, the front rail, headlamp bowl areas, basicly everywhere to give it some extra protection.
and if i can get it clean enough, i'll also do areas such as the cross members, rear axle, link arms etc etc, so that they are a nice contrast to the Gunmetal colour that i want the final body coating to be.
what do you think?