Friday, 1 April 2016

Respraying the Seven

After a couple of years and a few thousand miles the Seven in my grille looks like it has taken a bit of a battering... And seeing as I'm towards the end of sprucing my car up for the year ahead I thought I should tackle this job too.  
Caterham Seven Grille looking battered after a couple of years
Caterham Seven Grille looking battered after a couple of years
So the nose was off the car, and the grille removed from it.  The silver Hammerite on the seven was badly chipped and flaking, so half an hour of sanding later the remaining paint was off, and I'd achieved a good key on the metal underneath.  With the old chipped paint removed an hour or so was spent meticulously masking the grille, and it looked like this:-
Caterham Seven Grille keyed, masked and ready for spraying
Caterham Seven Grille keyed, masked and ready for spraying
I made a little 'spray booth' out of a large(ish) carboard box, and applied four light coats of Silver Smooth Hammerite...

Caterham Seven Grille was sprayed with a few coats of Silver Smooth Hammerite
Caterham Seven Grille was sprayed with a few coats of Silver Smooth Hammerite
Having used hammerite when I initially sprayed the grille a couple of years ago, I'm hoping due to the fact I've taken the time to key the metal this time around it'll stick a bit better and naturally last longer...

Caterham Seven Grille looking like new again
Caterham Seven Grille looking like new again
The grille was refitted to the nose-cone, and that was fitted back to the car and now it looks like new again, so I'm happy!

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