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928 Repaint

by Clive Lusted

After Paint - Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White

After Paint - Pic From Clive Lusted

From a couple of yards away the Grand Prix White paintwork on my 1988 928 S4 looked pretty presentable. Up close however, there were a large number of stone chips on the front PU and the side sills plus there were some paint runs, albeit only visible in a certain light, on the offside wing where a previous owner or, more likely, an OPC had the car touched up before a resale. There were also some small bubbles of aluminium corrosion by the front wheel arches.

I arranged to meet Dave McLoughlin of Daytona Coachworx in Stevenage at the Ace Café on March 9th for a review of the bodywork during a Pistonheads Porsche Breakfast meet. It was agreed that it would be sensible make it a front end respray and include the bonnet. This is when the job started to grow into a bit of a monster as most of my projects generally do.

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

I am also pleased to say that despite yet another of my 928 projects running over budget I once again managed to avoid the divorce courts which was another recommendation I had received from the 928.org.uk email list.

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Dave explained that he would ‘blow in’ the doors so that the new paint would blend in with the old and therefore not be too obvious. This, he told me would involve taking the side strips and the door mirrors off. If these had to come off then did it make sense to leave the side strips off and fit GTS teardrop mirrors? The answers to my email to the 928.org.uk email list canvassing opinions convinced me this would definitely be the way to go and it now meant that the rear quarter panels would also be painted.

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Dave and his colleague, Gordon, began preparing the car for paint and advised me of the various retainers, door seals, mouldings and window scrappers etc that would need to be replaced. This was something that I had totally under estimated as I naively thought I would just need a pair of window scrappers. Anyone considering this type of work would do well to prepare themselves for this as it does tend to add up quite quickly.

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

I received regular calls from Dave updating me on the progress and he was pleased to tell me that he hadn’t found any ‘nightmares’ under the paint and that I didn’t have two 928s welded together – which was nice to hear. The holes left by the removal of the side strips were aluminium welded and then ground down to a smooth finish. I had also asked for the plastic side sills to be removed so that the metal sills below could be sanded, treated and repainted as well, apparently the metal work here was pretty sound which was also good to hear. Dave also applied new underseal to the lips of the wheel arches as well which had worn in places and was looking cream coloured against the old paintwork.

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

At this stage it was decided that the rear PU should also benefit from fresh paint and I thought that it was too large an area to leave out so it was now a full repaint excluding the roof and the rear spoiler! There was also a small split on the lower edge of the rear PU which Dave ‘plastic welded’.

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Once the car was fully prepared it was treated to 1.5 litres of two-pack high build primer filler. At this stage it was flatted back and any imperfections were removed. Once Dave was satisfied with the results three base coats of Grand Prix White (3 litres) were applied followed finally by two layers (2.7 litres) of clear coat. This was then flatted and machine polished to a high shine over the course of two days.

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

With the door mirrors, handles, locks, glass, seals, scrappers and front and rear PUs refitted and a final polish the Old Girl looked absolutely brilliant when I picked her up exactly three weeks and 97.5 hours of labour after the process was started.

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

All in all I have to say I am absolutely delighted with the results achieved and the level of skill and workmanship by Dave and Gordon as well as their determination to deliver a pristine car back to me. The revised appearance of the car, by virtue of the deletion of the side strips and the addition of the teardrop mirrors, is a real delight although I think I will be paranoid about where I park it for the next few months.

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

After Paint - Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White

After Paint - Pic From Clive Lusted

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White Repaint, Daytona Coachworx

After Paint - Porsche 928 S4 Grand Prix White

After Paint - Pic From Clive Lusted