Another tip from
Bryan at the custom restoration
shop... 3M Dry Guide coat. Basically, this stuff is used when sanding
your primer. It is a fine black powder, like fingerprinting powder
(could be too, 3M makes that as well), that you rub into your primer
with a foam applicator. As you sand, any “orange peel”, or voids
appear as dark or black spots on your primer! Just continue to sand
until they are all gone, and your surface can not get any smoother!
(Unless you go to a finer grit).
I just finished sanding the 2nd
coat of primer, and this stuff works beautifully! No guessing -
especially around details where it is easy to sand too much and lose
detail, or too little and leave a rough surface. Next to raised
panels, I found that laying some blue painter’s tape allowed me to
follow panel lines without eroding them, and the guide coat made sure
they were clean and sharp when done!
Under the second layer of
primer, I had built up the details with carefully cut pieces of Aluminum
tape. Now comes the fun... RIVETS! Each rivet is a drop of
what is basically white glue, applied from a hypodermic syringe. You
"preload" the syringe with a rubber band placed over the
plunger, so the glue comes out at a constant rate. Then you have
to get a rhythm, so that each droplet, when placed, is the same size as
the rest. I used a piece of paper to get a "Running
start" before moving onto the body. When you screw up (and
you will), just wipe off with a warm, damp cloth and do it again (and
again, and again, and again, and again).