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I'll have a fresh looking car for the meet next week. As some of you guys know, an old lady rear ended me about a month ago. Her insurance gave me enough money to buy a bumper, trim piece (Thanks Dave!) and paint for the whole car. Since my son paints cars at the local Ford dealer, we did the car yesterday I want to thank my son Ryan for taking his saturday to paint the whole car and Dave94LX for coming up friday night to help take lights, bumper and trim off. A little interesting side note.... My wife and I bought this car new in 1990, took delivery Labor day weekend. brought the car home and we found that the car was produced Aug 15, 1990. My wife's birthday is Aug 15 and we wound up painting the car yesterday, Aug 15. 19 years to the DAY when it was last painted

Here's the damage:



Loading the car on the trailer with all the parts off yesterday:



And final coat after the drying cycle in the booth:



I'll post more with the car assembled.
 

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hey, not a problem Randy, anytime!

Pic looks nice and shiny! Looks like Ryan did a good job!!
 

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+1 looks great! can't wait to see completed pics!
 

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Ok, I have a rear FORD emblem to put the hatch and the drip rails to clean and paint and then double side tape them.

It rained tonight, but here's what we got so far.....





Hope to have the rest on in a few days.
 

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wow, it looks like a brand new car!!! Ryan did a great job!
 

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I'll try not to drool on it too much.

Looks awesome!
 

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Wow that looks amazing! He did an awesome job. It looks brand new. Is that the stock colour or did you go a little brighter white?
 

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yeah, I was suprised that he was able to get the roof rails off in one piece. He tried using fishing line, but that did not seem to work. In the end, he just used a razor, and just carefully lifted the rail off as he cut away the old adhesive. He got them off in 1 piece... WITHOUT damaging them!
 

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Stock color, however Ford didn't use clear coat back then on cheaper cars. We used a 2 stage paint so it now has a clear coat. It does shine more than when it was new. It NEVER had this much shine in the 19 years we owned it.
 

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Your car looks go good now, I would feel guilty leaving it parked outside on dewy nights, or driving it in the rain, or on salted roads. I am green w envy.
 

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This is my beater car. The garages are full of other cars that need to be kept inside. Been driving this year round on salted roads for 19 years. Another few years won't hurt it.
 

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I'm a purist. Car came this way. I don't mind modding bolt on items like the grill. As a matter of fact, we also painted the original grille, so I can swap out if need be and it will match.
 

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I like the black door handles and mirrors. Mine are staying that way when I paint my car.
 

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Onegimp said:
The later model escorts had color matched door handels. That could be considered OEM.
I know. And the fact you don't see many like mine and it's still OEM makes it cool in my book. Light colored cars need contrast. And as much white as mine has, it needs as much contrast as it can get.

Here's another car I own that I like the contrast of black and a light color:



In the garage:

 
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