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PostPost by: Jason1 » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:04 pm

Hi Jon

The primer under my wedgewood blue is white, the PO rubbed a bit too hard so it is showing through on one of the rear quarters :D :D

The french blue is a little darker than mine but it is hard to see in the photos. In person the difference is much clearer.

I like my blue although I get a bit of stick for having a 'Baby Blue' or 'Powder blue' car from a friend of mine that drive an old Alfa, but hey, he drives an Alfa :lol: :lol:

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PostPost by: ngs » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:18 pm

Hi Jon.

I think you're right to question the top coat paint going straight onto the gelcoat. Something not right there.

When you take the door trims off you probably see areas of overspray that will show what the original colour was (of the doors at least).

To save the photos, click on them to enlarge, then move your mouse pointer down from the centre of the picture until it changes from the hand symbol back to a normal mouse pointer, then right click & save as etc. You sometimes have to go right to the edge.

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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sat Apr 07, 2007 3:59 pm

Hi Jon

I got a can of Wedgewood blue from a triumph place and sprayed a peice of card Wedgewood blue. I thought you would be interested to see what it looks like placed on my bonnet :D

I am pretty sure my car is Wedgewood blue as I have seen a Olympic blue car and a French Blue car and it is deffinatly not them. But looking at the card shows how much the colour fades over the years.

If you want to card to compare to your car PM me your address and I'll pop it in the post.

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PostPost by: rdssdi » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:50 am

I wet sanded the paint from my entire car. It was a time consuming daunting task. All the small recesses required much patience with the sand paper. It did allow for a perfect "as molded" gel coat.

My 1969 +2 had a light gray primer. It had an "oily" texture when removed with wet sanding.

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PostPost by: dusty » Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:49 pm

rdssdi wrote:
My 1969 +2 had a light gray primer. It had an "oily" texture when removed with wet sanding.

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I'm coming to the conclusion that my cars original colour was wedgewood, however I don't understand why only the primer is visable on the lip under the door seal and windscreen rubber? The only way I can think that this would happen is if Lotus masked off the window and door openings when painting the shell, an unusual thing to do on a bare shell but maybe they had their reasons!
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