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  • "Getting my svt looking great again" log

    Figured i would make a little log tracking the progress of my svt. i bought it about 2.5-3 years ago, it was alittle beat up, so i fixed some cracks and painted some parts and it was looking brand new (you can see some before/after pics in this old thread):

    http://www.contour.org/ceg-vb/showth...aint-job/page3

    Story: well about a week after i painted it, i realized i forgot to take the tape off of the wiper-fluid shooter things... so i took them off and alittle paint went off with it... next day the gap got bigger, next day i saw a crack forming, the crack moved down alittle bit every day, like a canyon forming in my paint. then bubbles started forming under the new paint... then to top it all off, less than 2 weeks after a paint job, a fox or coyote ran out in front of me as i was going 70 mph on a highway, re-cracked the front bumper, destroyed the paint/mesh, and bent my radiators. car now looked 5x worse than before. i drove it for awhile after that and then i got 2 flat tires at once and the battery died. i said screw it and started driving my other car til now, thinking i was slowly gonna work on the svt... that didnt happen. id start it up every once and awhile and drive it around the block then when the inspection ran out id just start it up a few times a month and let it collect leaves and dirt. I hate to see it sit there looking bad, its the most reliable car ive ever owned, went 14,000+ miles over 2 years with absolutely no problems mechanically.

    current state:


    bubbles that formed under the paint:


    the "canyon" that formed at the wiper fluid shooters, all the way down to the front oval:


    the paint only bubbled where the sun hit it (bumpers didnt bubble except on the very top where the sun would hit), so im thinking it got too hot with a combination of 1 or more of the following: 1. I didnt use primer... 2. i took a clay bar/wax treatment to it 2 days after the paint, didnt let it cure at all... i was young and dumb but ill get it right this time around. any tips for next time?

  • #2
    weird. get it fixed!
    R.I.P. CSVT "clockwork" totaled 10/29/10 n/a 3L 220whp 212 trq

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    • #3
      i did the trunk so far. what a pain in the ass, took 3 tries. took forever to get through the bubbles/bumps, i borrowed come crappy orbital sander. i used rattle cans... nothing went on evenly, took forever to wetsand/polish and get it right. 1st try a freaking branch fell on it while i was putting on the base... next try i sanded through the clearcoat...


      rattle cans SUCK!:

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      • #4
        You should of let it cure for at least a week before any kind of polish wax or even washing actually the washing that's just me.
        How bad was your bumper from the crash... Fixable?
        1997 Taurus SHO Black Satin
        1997 Taurus SHO Vibrant White
        1998.5 SVTC T-RED

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        • #5
          some other random stuff done awhile:

          new hood (wasnt even gonna try to sand the other one) and a GT stang scoop:


          front oval/back chrome strip:


          alittle yellow fog action:


          painted caliper:


          anddd, one of the new rims on, 3 to go ;):



          thats all for now, ill keep making updates

          p.s. is it just me or are the pics freaking huge?

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          • #6
            Why does that rim look different to me? It's been awhile since I had my e1 csvt, but I don't recall that indent by the bolts .
            -1996 Contour SE V6 5SPD- sold :(
            -1999 & 2000 Contour SVTs- both sold :(
            -1998 Contour SVT- under construction
            -1994 Camaro Z28- sold (engine knock) :(

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            • #7
              Pic sizes are fine!
              Those don't look like e1's because they're not. ;)
              Keep the updates coming! It is shaping up!
              Erick --
              2000 SVT Contour
              0887 - Car Domain
              BAT | B&G | K&N | FSVT EAP | Hankook K110 | Magnaflow | B&M | Kenwood | Energy Suspension | Redline Tuning | Autovation

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              • #8
                Those are not E1 wheels.

                edit: Dammit you beat me to it. By seconds!
                2001 SVT Lightning #2839 - Stock

                2000 SVT Contour #1541 - | BAT | FSVT EAP | Hankook K110 | Y-pipe | RSTB | Energy Suspension |

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                • #9
                  Those appear to be "Liquid Metal" wheels with SVT centercaps installed. Looks good nonetheless.
                  -1995 Contour SE 136k Sold 7/23/09 -Christine-
                  -1998 T-red SVT Contour # 5961 3L hybrid coming soon. -Miri-

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                  • #10
                    You got a good start going...but please do not put that scoop on the hood. It looks great the way it is.
                    BMW 335xi Montego Blue
                    Mini Cooper S Convertible Chili Pepper Red
                    Jeep Renegade - Just Black
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                    2000 SVT Black

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Joey View Post
                      You got a good start going...but please do not put that scoop on the hood. It looks great the way it is.
                      i think itll look good, still deciding tho, its the same scoop speed demon had on his car and im gonna make it functional. id have to repaint the hood anyway even if i didnt put the scoop on.
                      Originally posted by greasemonkey1489 View Post
                      Those appear to be "Liquid Metal" wheels with SVT centercaps installed. Looks good nonetheless.
                      correct
                      Originally posted by speed_cat View Post
                      You should of let it cure for at least a week before any kind of polish wax or even washing actually the washing that's just me.
                      How bad was your bumper from the crash... Fixable?
                      ya im gonna let it cure for like a month at least this time. and yes bumper is fixable, just cracked in alot of the same places it was cracked before lol.

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                      • #12
                        that poor car . the pic of it under the tree all dusty and half taken apart makes me sad
                        1998 SF/MNB # 0129 3L
                        2002 BLK Mercury Cougar XR
                        Aircougar Performance

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                        • #13
                          -1 on the hood scoop.
                          2001 SVT Lightning #2839 - Stock

                          2000 SVT Contour #1541 - | BAT | FSVT EAP | Hankook K110 | Y-pipe | RSTB | Energy Suspension |

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                          • #14
                            Trunk looks great for rattle can! Those bubbles must have been a ••••• to sand through.

                            I can't imagine how long it took to shine the trunk up. Looks like you laid the base coat on pretty light.

                            For the bubbles.. i can only think of bad prep. Or not enough drying time between coats. It could really be a lot of things.. I never see that happen though.
                            WRB Subaru BRZ Limited (current car)
                            Black CSVT on FSVTs (SOLD)
                            http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3933448/
                            TRed CSVT on FSVTs (previous car)
                            http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2154233

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                            • #15
                              + 1 for the scoop

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