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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 21st, 20, 8:46 PM Thread Starter
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How best to re-finish 66 Trunk

Hi guys. Trying how to best proceed with refinishing my trunk. I am in the process of replacing all the rust in the lower part of the trunk. A previous owner sprayed some junk in the lower part of the trunk pan. The sprayed that with I think something like undercoat. And then sprayed the whole trunk with some junk, maybe a gray spatter product. I believe this was done in 1995.

I partially sanded the upper front of the trunk pan and the junk will come off revealing the original spatter paint. The wheel-houses and the quarters and the tail panel is also sprayed with the gray junk.

Am I stuck with sanding the whole gray junk? Almost impossible to get all the gray stuff off.

Wondering what to use that will stick to the gray stuff and if original type spatter will stick to it or if I will have to use that water soluble GM spatter paint and then a clear
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 20, 1:38 AM
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Re: How best to re-finish 66 Trunk

I would wire wheel off to bare metal whatever I decided was to my liking.
Now is the time to clean up as much as you choose while you can stand in there
and your reach is better and easier.
Keep at it!
Some feathering with sandpaper and scuff pad. Then 2K primer.
Most will probably recommend epoxy primer.
Then hope not to have any lifting around the edges of the stuff that did not get stripped.
You will be a proud owner of a very nice trunk when done.
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder and most are not going give a rats butt
about something that wont be seen.
However, I do understand the pride when doing stuff to the best of our ability.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 20, 7:18 PM Thread Starter
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Re: How best to re-finish 66 Trunk

Thanks for the advice Dan. Today I was dealing with eliminating any rust issues. Then started to remove that junk a previous owner applied. The upper trunk is going along fine. I suspect the quarters might turn out OK. The rear half of the wheelhouses appear they will be kind of a problem. Looks like they sprayed a undercoat product over the original paint and then spayed that gray stuff over the top of it. I still have some of that icky black stuff on the lower trunk and the rise area to the upper trunk. Ití t soluble with mineral spirits. Hopefully that black junk is not on the tail panel.

Looks like the junk removal will take priority over panel replacement. As Dan says a lot easier with trunk lid removed and va hole to stand in.
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Re: How best to re-finish 66 Trunk

Try to get as much as you can down to bare metal then shoot it with black epoxy. If correct color zolatone is still available, you can return it to factory looks. I shot zolatone in mine, it turned out nice but was a little too light because my base coat was gray epoxy instead of black.

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Re: How best to re-finish 66 Trunk

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I would wire wheel off to bare metal whatever I decided was to my liking.
Now is the time to clean up as much as you choose while you can stand in there
and your reach is better and easier.
Keep at it!
Some feathering with sandpaper and scuff pad. Then 2K primer.
Most will probably recommend epoxy primer.
Then hope not to have any lifting around the edges of the stuff that did not get stripped.
You will be a proud owner of a very nice trunk when done.
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder and most are not going give a rats butt
about something that wont be seen.
However, I do understand the pride when doing stuff to the best of our ability.
I totally agree - well said, Dan!

Now is the time!


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Re: How best to re-finish 66 Trunk

Strip as much of it as you can off then refinish it properly. Epoxy primer as a base, you can use black or gray. Then spray the color with a gun. I used reduced basecoat with a catalyst. Then spray the spatter out of a gun which there is a trick to. I have the spatter color custom made. The spatter I slightly reduce and catalyze as well. Much better than zolatone or that garbage int he spray can.
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Re: How best to re-finish 66 Trunk

Hey Tom, nice work.
I am also going to be color finishing my 66 trunk this spring.
Who or what company mixes your custom color spatter for you?
What company/brand...is there a code one would need to order some?
Thanks for time!


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