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Paint is the cover , prep is the foundation..   the cover will always settle and sink if the foundation is not done properly..   Pics of foundation.  Repair , p

interior pics as requested, note these were taken before the paint was done. all the best requested.

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Outstanding mini-tutorial which helps owners who may be seeking a repaint, most likely from a shop that isn’t conversant in the nuances and needs when painting the Esprit. 

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1986 Esprit HCI (Bosch-injected)

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Wow! She looks a different car now. Must have a drive over and see the job in the flesh. The yellow peril will need painting next year.

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That car looks awful. Meh.

You need to sell it to me 😍😍😍 I'll look after it well for you...

Any more interior shots for me to salivate over 👍

 

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Ooh. Have to say that colour/fabric combo not only looks very practical but it looks lovely too.

With the paint done, you have a superb vehicle there. Nice one.

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

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On 07/11/2019 at 20:08, CHANGES said:

 No not really .  You have to search for some of them.  The odd cracks are easy to see if you know what to look for .   most of the time they are in the stress points and where the two halves of the shell join...  

For example , pic 1 shows a small crack (visible)  which does not look much in the door shut gap. ..  BUT ...  when you investigate and follow it to its end it goes into the font wing panel area..   when you fully chase it out you find the reason is a void left from initial joining of top and bottom halves..   See pic 2.    

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This is not at all un common.  I see it a lot  on 'A' and 'B ' post joints.  some like this , some just fine cracks , But all need chasing out and addressing. 

Next pic  show the rest of the joint area on that 'A' post being sanded back.. It was then washed with a stain that would expose any cracks..  As it turned out none on the main post area.   The screen pillar ( cant rail capping)  area by the angle did show a 10mm  crack starting so that was addressed.  ( very common spot)

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So to answer the question , 90% that needs doing is not visibly bad.   You have to look for it .  All cracks will eventually show themselves, so when doing a re paint it would be silly not to investigate all the areas with a crack detection technique to make sure ....   To late after..    hope that answers the question..  

What is the crack detection stain called please? 

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2 hours ago, dr_jayhart said:

What is the crack detection stain called please? 

I am not sure if there is a particular product out the for the job of detecting cracks in GRP..   I have always used a thin paint stain..   eg.. 20% colour 80% thinner..   Sand the area's where you expect the cracks to be, back to gel coat. The final  finish should be 800 grit of finer..  This can be done quite quick with a DAS machine ...  Any coarser finish than this will not provide what you need.   Dip a cloth pad in the paint mixture and wipe on effected area..  allow the surface to get wet..  it will dry very quickly.   if your mixture is correct consistency ( this will depend on paint used)  you will see noticeable area's where the mixture has gone into cracks.. these will appear as hair lines..   If your mixture is to thick the colour may disguise the cracks...  In this case lightly sand the colour off with 1000 wet or dry paper.  Do not aggressively sand the gel , just the paint/stain.  You will be left with a very visual sign of cracks..   Some may be very fine so look closely... Its the thin paint stain that soaks down into the crack that you see... So if its to thin you wont have enough colour to see the crack , too thick and it wont soak down so easy into the very fine cracks.   Its a very effective process , but as with all things sounds easy when you do it all the time. You will soon find what works best for you.. 

People have asked why it can not be done on the paint finish...   well it can to a point , But, you will have a lot of wax's and polymers in the cracks which will prevent soak down..   De-waxing first may help a bit , but the cracks in paint is not the same a gel crack..  Most cracks in paint on GRP cars come from Gel crack , but not all ...  This check system is usually done because coachwork is being refinished , so , especially on GRP cars as much old paint as practical should be removed to expose all substrate faults...  

hope that answers your question .. 

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