1977 Corvette Sting Ray


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Candy apple red with blue/green pearl in first coat of clear

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Clear was sanded and buffed/polished

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I started with Nevada Silver base, then applied SG-100 intercoat with candy apple red concentrate. The first coat of clear had blue/green pearl and was finished off with two coats of clear.

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Now comes days off sanding and buffing.

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The side panel wouldn’t fit because there was a Popsicle stick stuck up where it could not be seen. The panel had to be replaced anyway and that’s how the stick was found.

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The carpet and interior stripped for installation of new. As with most areas of this Vette work which had been done previously sucked. Seat belt apparatus had loose bolts or missing bolts. The subwoofer was mounted in a dangerous way which put stress on the window area of the body. If the owner of the vehicle had to hit the brakes hard, she would be wearing the 40 lb subwoofer and then be hit with the rear window in the back of the head since it was not sealed. Oh well, it will be installed properly now.

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The bad condition of the rear compartment hatch. It’s cleaned up now.

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New interior ready to be installed. Finished photos coming next post.

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In this shot you can see the purple and green pearl. The two white rectangles are formed by reflection.

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This is a close up of the candy and pearl.

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This shows the purple pearl and candy reflecting the silver base.

The Corvette is painted but it is not what I wanted in the end. I was not sent enough of the blender/mid-coat to make the candy as dark as it needs to be so I used over reduced clear but could only use so much and had to stop. Adding more candy concentrate was not the answer since it can lead to streaking, etc. I was not given enough clear so had to purchase more clear to try to make it work.

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The pearl was the wrong color, as was the candy, which I tried to make work. It looks OK but not what it was supposed to be. I can and will make it right but need a couple days away from this car to regroup.

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