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First Car Fiero by copperhens
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Report this Post09-01-2017 01:28 PM Click Here to See the Profile for copperhensClick Here to Email copperhensSend a Private Message to copperhensEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

Today, my dad sent me pictures that the paint people sent him. Sadly, they forgot to take progress pictures of it being painted. There is a blemish they want to fix, so I pick it up in a few days. I actually won't have it for my first day of school, and since the parking pass I have is for the Fiero I won't be able to drive to school lol. I'm excited to see it Tuesday.


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Nice! Keep up the good work.

Here's your video:

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Heh heh... Kristina is the spitting image of her dad. Strong genes!

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Nice! Keep up the good work.

Here's your video:



Thanks!

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Heh heh... Kristina is the spitting image of her dad. Strong genes!


Haha yes, I am glad I take after him! This car stuff is fun. :P

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Report this Post09-07-2017 03:06 PM Click Here to See the Profile for copperhensClick Here to Email copperhensSend a Private Message to copperhensEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

So a few days ago, on Tuesday, the Fiero was supposed to be ready. I didn't have a car to drive to school, so my grandma picked me up and the plan was to pick up the Fiero. Though it wasn't yet ready. Soon after she dropped me off home, my dad got the call it was done. Well lucky for me my grandma could take me still.

So my grandma and I went to get the Fiero. I stopped for gas in the Fiero on the way home, and what do I see on the roof? The paint chipped! Right behind the sunroof and by windshield. Back to the paint shop she goes.


There are these dust specks in some spots I don't really care for...


Bye once again, Fiero. Should be done by Friday.

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Wow, amazing progress! Keep up the great work, the car is looking really good.

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Wow, amazing progress! Keep up the great work, the car is looking really good.


Thank you!

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Well I got it back today.
Was a $1700 paint job at Maaco. Now I've never had anything painted professionally, so I can't compare. There are a few inconsistencies in the new paint, but not noticeable from a distance. For a budget paint job it's good in my opinion, and the people were really nice.
Are Fiero mirrors supposed to be matte? If they are oops, didn't tell the paint people to not paint them. If they're suppose to be glossy too, then great lol.

On the way home, the dash kept clicking. It was the darn tripodometer not working right. It started working again luckily. Since the gas gauge is still broken I don't need to lose that haha.

For sake of comparison, some of these 'before' pictures I'll upload have been posted before.






















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Reset the trip while stopped, and it will quit ticking.

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Reset the trip while stopped, and it will quit ticking.


I did, thanks.

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Was a $1700 paint job at Maaco. Now I've never had anything painted professionally, so I can't compare. There are a few inconsistencies in the new paint, but not noticeable from a distance. For a budget paint job it's good in my opinion...


I had my first car ('67 Chev) repainted waaaaay back in 1975. (Ya, I'm old.) It looked great at first, but shortly afterwards problems began to develop. I was so ticked off with the whole process that I've never had a car repainted since. Hopefully your experience will be a lot more positive.

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I had my first car ('67 Chev) repainted waaaaay back in 1975. (Ya, I'm old.) It looked great at first, but shortly afterwards problems began to develop. I was so ticked off with the whole process that I've never had a car repainted since. Hopefully your experience will be a lot more positive.


That's a shame. What happened after?

Yes, hopefully!

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"Are Fiero mirrors supposed to be matte? If they are oops, didn't tell the paint people to not paint them. If they're suppose to be glossy too, then great lol."



They are supposed to be glossy and black, but the original finish is not a regular body paint, it's different, almost like they're anodized. I'm sure someone on here knows what the process is that was used.

Here's a cheap suggestion for you too. Go to O'reilly's or wherever and get some black fabric paint, pop the speaker covers out of the dash, and paint them black. It's cheap, easy, and looks way better!


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That's a shame. What happened after?


The biggest reason for the initial repaint was the need to repair rust damage around the wheel openings in the rear fenders. When I first got the car back, it looked great... beautiful dark blue paint with metal flake. About a month later, the rust started to bubble up through the new paint around the rear fenders. Obviously the rust hadn't been dealt with properly. They took the car back and re-did the rear fenders, but the replacement paint on the rear fenders never properly matched the rest of the car. Something about the metal flake was very different. It looked weird. I never liked the car after that. In retrospect, I should've insisted that the whole car be resprayed. Live and learn.

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Here guy, fix your sig. I've uploaded your image to PIP. I'm sick of seeing all these reminders of how bad Photobucket is.



Copy the address and update your profile.


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Here guy, fix your sig.



LOL, sorry about that. I've been meaning to fix that. Appreciate the help.

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They are supposed to be glossy and black, but the original finish is not a regular body paint, it's different, almost like they're anodized. I'm sure someone on here knows what the process is that was used.

Here's a cheap suggestion for you too. Go to O'reilly's or wherever and get some black fabric paint, pop the speaker covers out of the dash, and paint them black. It's cheap, easy, and looks way better!






Neat idea, I'll have to keep that one in mind. I also have to touch up some of the gray in the interior. Thanks!

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The biggest reason for the initial repaint was the need to repair rust damage around the wheel openings in the rear fenders. When I first got the car back, it looked great... beautiful dark blue paint with metal flake. About a month later, the rust started to bubble up through the new paint around the rear fenders. Obviously the rust hadn't been dealt with properly. They took the car back and re-did the rear fenders, but the replacement paint on the rear fenders never properly matched the rest of the car. Something about the metal flake was very different. It looked weird. I never liked the car after that. In retrospect, I should've insisted that the whole car be resprayed. Live and learn.



Ah wow that's too bad. From storied I've heard about painting it could be a hit or miss. Shame when the paint work isn't done properly the first time.

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From stories I've heard about painting it could be a hit or miss.


My bitterness back then over the botched rust repair greatly contributed to me eventually getting into Fieros. I wanted freedom from rusty body panels!

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My bitterness back then over the botched rust repair greatly contributed to me eventually getting into Fieros. I wanted freedom from rusty body panels!


That's one way to look at it!

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