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Re-spraying the dashboard

Part 5 details the work done in restoring the dashboard, from its original condition, surface preparation, then application of fresh paint.

George's notes and photographs are below, the latter explaining in pictures this part of the restoration on his 1950s Austin..

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"I had a go at the dash tonight with the spray gun after rubbing it all down over the last few days. Itsnt it great when you see paint go on, somehow it transforms its condition.

The gun and compressor are new to me and I was very pleased with the results. The red oxide was bought 9 years ago and was a few years old even then! Will rub down tomorrow and give it another coat."

"I put on the first coat of top coat yesterday afternoon and had a couple of sags unfortunately. I am learning painting and its a touchy subject, not easy!

The worst sag was thanks to me hitting the gear lever on the stroke which kept the gun in one place for a split second too long! I was rather annoyed."

The dashboard was showing early signs of corrosion

Rubbed down awaiting primer

Red oxide primer sprayed on

Top coat applied to the dash

Begin to refit some trim

The freshly painted dashboard with original gauges and switches in place




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