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    I started this abouth 3 months ago believe it or not.

    Lots of sanding to get rid of the chrome. Again lots of sanding after the plastic primer (2 coats) then normal primer (3 coats). Then loads of re sanding as I tried to hone my painting skills with rattle cans from halfrauds.

    Well I have painted this twice and was not happy at all with the results, but I was learning from my mistakes at an alarming rate. Cost a lot too.

    Well after painting twice and sanding back down to primer (twice) due to my mistakes, then working out how to paint again, this is what I have come up with so far.

    I have ditched sand paper trying to get it flat as I just mess that up. Just can't get the hang of it. Lots of fine scatches when I go from 1200, 1500, 2000 then finaly 2500 grit. I now use rubbing compound with a bit of clean water, followed by AG Deep Ultra Shine then AG Paint Renovater then back to AG Deep Ultra Shine to finish.

    So far I have done this two times each night from monday of this week. Its only now finaly coming together. Two more days of rubbing the orange peel away "I reckon" then off to the experts to have the lacquer applied as I can't do this to save my life.

    This has been the longest and most expensive project so far but thats down to my painting skills or lack of. Lesson learnt there but now at least I know how to paint, well or sort of.



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    looks good,a very good effort,you should be proud of yourself

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    Thank you Ian

    To be honest its one of them projects that sort of goes south for a long time but I just can't leave it alone and have to finish it

    This has cost me well over 110 pounds so far but in a sort of sadistic way I have enjoyed it.

    My triceps have improved from all that sanding too

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    looking good m8

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    Top job Bud! Need to re-do mine soon. It ****es you off, keep getting dead flies off n then noticing little stone chips on it! Yeah works out expensive, but at least you'll now what ya doing next time so will be bit cheaper

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