I think we’re about ready for some primer. But first: more bog.
There are a whole bunch of little dents on the inside, as expected in a 50 year old car with lots of exposed metal. When the car was stripped back they looked fairly minor, but now it’s all the same colour they’re pretty noticeable- and will only look worse when it’s shiny. Sin’s going to fill the worst offenders (crossmember, companion pockets, and dashboard) before priming the whole shell.
Finally it’s time for primer. We’re going for a dark grey on most of the shell, and white on the roof- the theory being that stone chips will be less obvious.
First, the white:
Then the grey:
It’s starting to look like a real car already! And, while primer is notoriously flattering, the panels actually look pretty straight.
The Mini’s all masked up, ready for the texture coat. Texture coat should help protect the underside from stone damage, but instead of Grandad’s bituminous underseal, we’ve gone with a more modern rubberised coating (Wurth Stone Guard SKS) that will then be painted over. We’re coating any panels which had stone damage, and the rest has been masked off- including the exhaust tunnel, subframe mounting points, and flanges that will have trim attached to them. After much debate we’ve decided to texture coat the rocker panels (because we intend to drive this thing) and the spare wheel well (because it’ll end up full of dirt anyway).
The texture coat hides surprisingly little. To be honest, I’m not sure what I was hoping for. I was worried that it might hide the brushed texture of the seam sealer and the exposed spot welds (which it doesn’t), but at the same time I thought it might make some of the replacement panels less obvious. No such luck. Still, it’s on the underside, and if you’re looking at the underside of a Mini you have more pressing issues than whether the floor is perfectly straight or not.