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cosmic_sombrero
10-16-2005, 04:35 AM
So I finally got out to take some pics of my new paint.

The pearl is really fine, and shows up best under streetlights at night. I'll take some pics later tonight and try to get them up by tomorrow.

Here’s a close up of the paint… pretty pearl (the dark bits are water droplets)
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/9/4/7/paint.JPG

Debadged… btw that’s my Bellingham house.
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/9/4/7/Rear.JPG

I really like how this one came out
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/9/4/7/DSC06276.JPG


http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/9/4/7/DSC06277.JPG

http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/9/4/7/DSC06279.JPG

Kinda fuzzy but you get the idea
http://www.celicatech.com/gallery/files/9/4/7/DSC06281.JPG


She's so beautiful... :)




There was so much bodywork to do... The damage turned out not to be hail, but deliberate vandalism (the body guy said it looked like a ball peen hammer).

We filled hundreds (no joke) of tiny dents. Pulled the bigger ones. Tons of coats of high-build primer and sanding on top of that, and she's smooth.

All in all, I was told that between the two of us, we did $5000 in bodywork and paint... and I paid $1600 for it. There's over a gallon of show-quality clear on the car, and he got it uber-cheap.

Actually, its kinda funny how he GOT the paint cheap. Vince has been painting cars for 30 years, and has gone to the same shop to buy his paint for most of that time, so when he went in and told the owner "hey, I'm helping a friend paint his car and I'm trying to cut him a deal... I need a gallon of your top-notch clear for as little as I can get it."

The guy said "oh, this stuff?" and picked up the can. "whoops!" and he dropped it, putting a big dent in it. "Well, thats damaged goods! We'll have to mark that down." (marks it down to $200 from $400) "Anything else you need?"

"Yeah, base clear for the pearl"

"whoops!" BANG "damn! that must have been damaged in shipping!"

and so I got all the paint for my car in conveniently dented cans and saved a LOT of money :hehe:

cosmic_sombrero
10-16-2005, 04:41 AM
oh, and for the hell of it, here's kind of an interior shot:
http://tinypic.com/el8kl0.jpg

I just installed the gauges yesterday :)

Doctor Jinxed
10-16-2005, 04:53 AM
Looks great! And the photography work is gorgeous.

acidice333
10-16-2005, 04:54 AM
If I brought my car over to you guys next year in the Spring, could you do mine within 2 weeks? (:

cosmic_sombrero
10-16-2005, 05:07 AM
If I brought my car over to you guys next year in the Spring, could you do mine within 2 weeks? (:


probably, if Vince was free, and depending if you needed bodywork or no.

It would be pretty spendy though... He did this at cost for me as a gift.

acidice333
10-16-2005, 05:57 AM
Most likely I would have alll the bodywork done or at least near done.. I'm sure he could do it at cost for me too hehe (:

cosmic_sombrero
10-16-2005, 11:18 AM
Just got home. Unfortunately, no pictures were taken tonight.

Hopefully I can use my roomate's camera in seattle and get some shots at night.

ibanezgfx
10-17-2005, 05:12 AM
thats freakin SEXY man!!!!
i want that color for my car now!

Slider
10-17-2005, 05:53 AM
:bigthumbu How did you get the "toyota" off the CF trim? Sand it off?

Lagos
10-17-2005, 06:12 AM
looks great

AznKlique
10-17-2005, 06:20 AM
:bigthumbu How did you get the "toyota" off the CF trim? Sand it off?
The trims that came off of a 92-93 Celica had no writing on the hood trim.

I love the side skirt on your car. Im assuming they are off of a 6th gen. Great color choice. White cars look amazing at night under the city lights. Im loving it!

cosmic_sombrero
10-17-2005, 06:32 AM
:bigthumbu How did you get the "toyota" off the CF trim? Sand it off?

1600 grit wetsand, followed by buffing with a rotary buffing wheel and cutting compound.

The "toyota" on my trim was in really crappy shape... so I decided to be rid of it.



I love the side skirt on your car. Im assuming they are off of a 6th gen.

Yeah, they came off a wrecked ST205 that was imported for the motor. The importer was going to throw the skirts away, but I saw them in his junk heap and snagged 'em.

Not bad looking for free :)

Hooligan
10-17-2005, 06:38 AM
I love the pearl white! I can't wait until I have the money to do that.

Slider
10-17-2005, 06:58 AM
Cool, it looks clean shaved. I'm thinking of doing the Celica on the center in the back too. Which rubbing compound did you use? I have some 3m rubbing compound in the garage.

cosmic_sombrero
10-18-2005, 08:50 AM
3M 3000, and their Ultra- and Micro-finishing compounds.

Teh expensive stuff, as it were.

Be careful on the plastic trim. Heat due to buffing will make the color change, we discovered. The black will fade out to transparent.

The rear "celica" is now just raised, the silver wiped right off with the polishing compound (no wetsanding).

I'm thinking that after I get tint I may pull ALL the window decals off, too :( I'll have to find some other way to advertise for ctech, but such is the price of beauty.

My interior plastics (now blue) will probably be painted to match the car if I end up painting the rims to match. I'm not sure though, I may just return it to stock black (just get new pieces from a junkyard).

As for the rims, I'm not sure how I want to deal with the fact that they no longer match the car. Paint would be tough. I was thinking about stripping and polishing them. I've seen the OZ cronos polished... and damn they look sexy.

And while I'm talking about my plans... I want to lower it about an inch, either with adjustable coilovers or an Eibach prokit, and since Daniel is buying a Whiteline swaybar for his 'trac, Vince told me we can copy it easy for mine (I couldn't believe how tiny the rear swaybar is on the car when I took my rear suspension apart... I felt like a guy getting out of cold water and looking into his shorts "what the HELL?!)

As for the engine... I've been thinking of buying Jim Snodgrass' old head and working from there (as SOON as I get a job here in Seattle). I know NA power is hard to squeeze out of the 5S-FE, but I drive too much to make beastly power feasible, and I like the low-end powerband anyway, so I'll squeeze it for what its worth.

ibanezgfx
10-19-2005, 02:55 AM
paint the rims to match!!!
that would be so cooooo

AznKlique
10-21-2005, 07:22 AM
1600 grit wetsand, followed by buffing with a rotary buffing wheel and cutting compound.

The "toyota" on my trim was in really crappy shape... so I decided to be rid of it.




Yeah, they came off a wrecked ST205 that was imported for the motor. The importer was going to throw the skirts away, but I saw them in his junk heap and snagged 'em.

Not bad looking for free :)
Oh yeah I remember that story. Someone from this site bought the motor from that clip and u got the skirts. Awesome deal.