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  • #253679

    gkesseru
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    @gkesseru

    If you want a mirror flat finish with a brush you will have to use the method many a fine furniture and table craftsman have been doing for ages. Seal first with either shellac, tung oil, or lacquer. The switch to your final product. Lightly block sand with 220, 400 or 1000 between coats, thin the final few coats about 50%. After the final coat you can block sand using a flexible block or stiff foam rubber. I wet sand after the final coat with 1000 grit followed by 2500 grit. Cleanliness is very important at this stage. After that a little automobile rubbing compound gets the mirror finish. Don’t hurry any of the steps and it will turn out fine. Also be super careful near any of the edges so you don’t fall through the finish. I don’t even get close to the edges when I sand.

    #253680

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Thanks, Gabor. I think that’s about how it’s going to go down. I didn’t thin the Pelucid at all and probably should have for the last coats. It should knock down with a bit of sand paper. I’ll tape off the edges when it comes down to the sponge block and rubbing compound.

    Was hoping it would somehow be easier….

    #253681

    royal
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    @royal

    Ed, it’s easy but it isn’t quick.  Gabor outlined what my shop teacher taught me in my 1956 wood shop class except we used pumice instead of rubbing compound.  To my knowledge nobody has discovered a short cut to a fine piano like finish on wood.  ..and your project is made doubly difficult by the varying pieces with the grain going every which way.  I’m  sure that I will be jealous when we get to see it at Carlisle.  

    #253682

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    OK so here’s my good news today, and some of you-all might want to copy this. The long story is here, at my blog.

    The Reader’s Digest abridged version: The chrome bead that goes on top of the dash was a bit pitted (the original, 60-year-old-one, I mean).

    Moss has the whole bead kit for a measly $223. But I like cheap.

    So I got this for $13.95 ($20.90 shipped)

    The 1/8 inch bead is just a hair bigger than the original. But! Not! Pitted! Tested it on the old dash: Added a bit of stainless tape to the top and then stuck the Auto Barn bead to the front, like so:

    Once the welt is on there it’ll look perfect.

    #253683

    royal
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    @royal

    Ed, I love discoveries like this one.  

    #253684

    jebarry
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    @jebarry

    me too thx

    #253685

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    First coat of Spar Urethane applied. Blocked the board with 220 and then rubbed in the low spots lightly with a sheet of 400 grit to make sure everything was hatched so the new stuff would adhere. Thinned it 20 percent and used a brush. Looks like it’s leveling nice and filling a the brush mark valleys that were left. Fingers crossed.

    After this (assuming it goes well) another blocking, another 20 percent thinned coat, another blocking and two or three rub-on coats 50 percent thinned. Then probably some polishing.

    #253686

    pmossberg
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    @pmossberg

    Come on dude…are we ever going to see the front?

     

    How about a soft “out-of-focus” teaser  shot?

    PMOSSBERG2013-02-08 07:41:35

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #253687

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    A general teaser shot would be good. How about a PM with a good photo to those of us already committed to Carlisle? Anybody else who wants to see it can show up to see it.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253688

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    second coat. this is gonna take a few more…

    edsnova2013-02-08 08:42:58

    #253689

    pmossberg
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    @pmossberg

    Very cool!

    Nice craftsmenship Ed!

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #253690

    jebarry
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    @jebarry

    Ed very  nice…

    #253691

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    I am beginning to believe I might not have to start over on this.

    #253692

    ray10
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    @ray10

    ED  do you take custom orders ?Thumbs Up

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    #253693

    pmossberg
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    @pmossberg

    I think it’s says a LOT about our friend Ed that this project started with, and I quote:

    “I’ve always wanted a glovebox in Bridget.”

    Thumbs Up

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #253694

    jebarry
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    @jebarry

    Ed BTW- thx  fo r the lead on the  beading . I can use that beading for my  glove box door ..with the old original(i guess) TD glove box door.Smile

    #253695

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    More complications.

    Bridget’s old dashboard was wider than the new. This is pretty typical
    in replicas, as it seems logical to cover the scuttle front end to end
    with maybe a slight and even “reveal” all around. But it’s not as
    original. TD dashes left more metal exposed on each end, matching it to
    the width of the doors. This was so that the the vinyl (Rexine) windlass
    that surrounded the dash could be folded under and end just inside the
    similar bit of piping on the door top. It wasn’t really “weather tight,”
    but it did look neat. And it was pretty important that the dash piece be
    even with, or just inboard of, the door pieces, so that opening and closing the doors could
    be accomplished without undue wear on the vinyl piping.

    Here’s a detail shot of what I mean:

    Now, as I trimmed my dash and I tried to get that shape right, I noticed I had rust on that to-be-revealed edge:

    Well, OK, not rust. But looks like it. I figured it was leftover glue of some sort or maybe some old shellack that came off from under the dash piece, and set about peeling it away.

    Tried my fingernail. Then a paint scraper, gently. Used a rag soaked in “Goof off” to loosen it. Then tried paint thinner, turpentine, etc. Went a little harder with the scraper. Finally the “rust” started chipping away. It brought the paint with it.

    Oh well. A little work with some steel wool and now we have:

    Need for a paint job.

    I’ve got a can of Duplicolor in the right code (Ford Toreador Red from the late 1990s). This should be loads of fun.

    edsnova2013-02-09 10:50:17

    #253696

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    For want of a glove box…. 😉

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

    #253697

    mrlmd
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    @mrlmd

    That’s like washing a small spot off the kitchen wall, then you have to keep going and going until you’ve scrubbed down the whole kitchen. No such thing as a little project, sometimes better to leave it alone. But it’ll be well worth it when you’re done.

    #253698

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    I’m not so worried. At some point I plan to grind off the old wiper nubs in the scuttle top in front of the windshield and fill them. So the scuttle’s going to need paint.

    I figured I’d have a body shop spray it when the time comes. Now I’ll see how well the rattle can matches. If it’s terrible–and I expect it to be–then it’s just a little more work/$ for the body shop job later.

    #253699

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    If it won’t match when you’re done, try a contrasting color for the exposed ends. Black?

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253700

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Black wouldn’t look right and there’s no reasonable “right” place to put a tape line. I’ll get to to match, one way or another.

    Meanwhile, in the home stretch now on the dash. I block-sanded with 400 a couple weeks back. Did the thing with the rags dipped in 50% thinned Spar Urethane. Did about 8 coats on the various surfaces. Did not sand between them.

    Let it dry for many days and then hit with 1000-1500-2000-2500 and 3000 grit held in a wet sponge. That took the gloss off about 20 percent, along with almost all the little dust nibs. It looked pretty good, but I want better than good, so I rubbed it with polishing compound.

    I started this process on the back side of the glove box–not the door, the actual back of the glove box. No one will ever see it. I got it pretty good after three or four polishes. So moved to the front of the back of the glove compartment. Even better. Then I did the floor of the glovebox. Also pretty good.

    But not quite perfect.

    So I took the parts back into the paint booth and wiped them down with thinner again, and did a final, final thin coat of thinned spar varnish.

    Now the gloss is back and the dust nibs are gone.

    I moved on to the main dashboard–same thing with the sandpaper . . .


    and the three-times polish before wiping on what I hope will be the final top coat of spar urethane.

    Of course I’ll still have to put all the chrome/brass stuff back on it and test fit the glovebox door again to make sure my clear coats haven’t fouled up the fit.

    Bet they have.

    edsnova2013-02-17 18:40:53

    #253701

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    Love the location of your paint booth. Convenient.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #253702

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Paint booth is in the basement, Bill. The wet sanding station is the kitchen sink (so long as my wife is preoccupied).

    #253703

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Shiny.

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