Archive for the ‘Fenders’ Category

Buffing

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The clear was sanded with 1500 grit paper around the lettering to smooth out the surface.  The sanding scratches were then buffed smooth.  The entire panel will be sanded with 2000 grit and then buffed again once the fender is back on the car.

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Fender Vent Screens

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

The fender vents on Trans Ams are not only for looks, they actually serve a functional purpose as well.  Air rushing inside the engine bay when traveling at high speeds creates lift thereby reducing traction on the front tires.   These vents reduce this lift by diverting some of the air out of the fenders.  My Trans Am will never see speeds that would render these vents useful but that doesn’t stop me from making them look cool.  The stock rectangular screen was replaced with a more appealing hex pattern then painted gold to match the lettering.

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Fender Paint II – Custom Lettering

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

The custom lettering was applied to the fenders.  The entire process is surprisingly simple.  The areas to be painted were peeled away from the backing.  Next, transfer tape is applied to the front of the stencil.  The stencil backing is then peeled away from the stencil.  The stencil and transfer tape is then applied to the fender.  Finally the transfer tape is removed from the stencil, leaving the area to be painted exposed and ready for paint.  I plan on offering the custom lettering stencils for sale on the website soon.  Anyone interested in the mean time can comment on this post for more information.

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Fender Paint I

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

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Fender Work

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The hood-fender gap was a little wider in the middle when the panels were test fitted.  It’s possible that some of this was due to welding and metal work but I believe the panels came like this from the factory since both fenders matched almost identically.  The bow in the panel can easily be seen when a straight edge is placed against it.  It should also be noted that the front and rear gaps are correct.  A small amount of filler in the proper place should eliminate the problem.

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