While enjoying a long Thanksgiving weekend here at Garage Woolery, we decided to restore the ~30 year old paintjob on the 1966 Porsche 912. The paint was very worn and oxidized when we found this car earlier this year, so we learned how to freshen it up….
The first thing we did was wet sand the car using 2000 grit sandpaper, both with an air powered rotary tool and by hand. This is necessary to remove all the oxidation and worn paint, and bring the fresh paint hiding underneath to the surface. At this stage, the paint looks worse than before, but this is because we’ve essentially sanded it down past the oxidation layers. We’ll have to bring the shine back now.
After this point, we cut the paint down further and smooth the surface with some Meguir’s medium grit polishing compound and a rotary air buffer. This cuts down some of the deep scratches, orange peel in the paint, and evens out the surface. After this step, the paint feels extremely smooth, but hasn’t yet regained it’s full luster. This is then followed up with another round of a much finer Meguire’s polishing compound, which will then polish out any remaining scratches in the paint.
Once all the sanding, buffing/cutting, and polishing has been completed, we thoroughly clean the surface of the newly exposed and polished paint. Then we applied a coat of sealer, then a couple coats of wax….and step back to enjoy the new, restored finish on the 30 year old paint job!
We even removed the emblems, polished them up, and reinstalled them after the paint resto…and they look really nice and elegant now.