In this post, we ill show and demonstrate the process taken to complete the 1963 Corvette Paint Removal and Prep.
As you have seen we have pretty much finished disassembling the car and have started stripping paint. We also have some neat photos for you of how the factory painted these cars.
This is a photo of the door jamb on the car after removing the doors. Notice that when the factory painted these cars, the doors were installed on the car. The fiberglass under the door hinges is bare and you’ll also notice that the fiberglass is bare where the hinge was open. These are all things that we are going to recreate when we paint the car.
Another neat thing that can be seen while disassembling is that everything that is metal was primed using a green primer, all the fiberglass was primed with a red oxide primer. Here you can see behind the door hinge the color of the green primer that was used.
This is something that is specifically mentioned in the judging manual. On the very bottom of the doors there should be evidence of bare fiberglass from lack of good paint application. this is because the doors were mounted on the car and it was hard for the painter to apply paint on the bottom of the doors.
Here is the chemical paint stripper applied to the door.
Once the paint starts coming off you can see the red oxide primer that was used to prime the cars from the factory.
The exiting part of this is that we get to see parts of the car that have not seen the light of day since April, 1963!