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




...license plate




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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