Hi Ard,Bare metal?!?!
I've always read that that is a bad idea as the bonding agents they apply at the factory via dipping and electro-plating far surpassed spray on/solvent primers...
That may be true and I guess you can never beat factory paint. But in my case there were microscopic blisters in the paint that you could see in certain light, and the guys at the panel shop tell me that the only way to be 100% sure of the new paint quality and longevity was to completely strip off the old base. Otherwise any problems in the paint underneath can come through. That's why they decided to take off all the old paint despite the extra labour involved.
Thanks! Yes - the first photos were the "before" shots.keep it coming. nice thread. was the 1st page what it used to look like?
I also grabbed a few more photos today below. They tell me it will be painted next week and assembled the following week - so two more weeks to go!