Technically, the fuel tank replacement,
trunk painting & tail panel black out treatment were done as one
continuous phase, but didn't want to load so many pictures on one page.
This is a stock image of what I was going for...this was a factory option (mostly for the 'Cuda & AAR models)
How my tail panel used to look
I won't make you scroll all the way down...this is how it turned out
...and the fun begins!
Remove rubber seal, lights, license plate, etc.
Sanding down, roughing up paint / exposing rust hole from previous shoddy repair by others
More sanding and smoothing body panel
POR-15 on rusted/prone to rust areas
Throwing (some literally) body filler on holes/imperfections
First coat (also sort of a guide coat) of self-etching primer
More sanding as well as several coats of high build primer
....uuughhh, more sanding (I suck at this)
3 coats of self-etching primer
Getting ready for painting....taped over future "blacked out" area
3 Coats of base color (1990 ZR-1 Corvette "Competition Yellow" color) ...a Chevy color on a Mopar??? The horrors!!!!!
3 Coats of catalyzed clear
After even more sanding...prepping for the actual tail panel
One more final coat of etching primer
A few coats of high build primer
3 coats of black Organosol paint...leaves a semi-rough texture, just like the factory option
Taking off all the tape....
Installing the trim which covers the transition between the two colors
New Fuel tank is in plus underside/exhaust is painted
Re-installing the bumper
Re-installing the lower valance, name plate, rubber seal & trunk lock
Re-install the lights
...license plate holder
Reattach wiring and light bulbs
Trunk closed...or should I say, "project closed"?
Reminder of how it looked before
WHAT??? You actually scrolled down this far? Well heck, here are a few more misc. photos
Don't you just love rust?
The only way to get into all the crevices
Lights alone took 8-10 hours to refurbish
POR-15 on rust areas of bumper
Back side of valence
Clear POR-15 on back side of valence...after cleaning/brushing of course
After 4 weeks on ramps, finally drove it down and re-parked in garage
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