Right, gone a bit quiet on this summer is biking season, so time to bring it up to date, and explain the lull.
The car ended up painted about the end of May/start of June I think and looked great in the booth, but when it was brought outside, there was a glaring difference between the panels that had been done on stands, and the main shell.
This pearl is very difficult to see ' where you're at' until the lacquer goes on and it's in natural light.
Some angles/light it looked fine, Mick wasn't happy and his gut feeling was it wasn't 'right', anyhow I took the car away trying to convince myself it would be fine when the little bits of trim were on.
I spent a day at a British Superbike meeting and all I could think about was the car and couldn't accept it not being 100 per cent, so as soon as I got back I phone Mick and we agreed just to do it again, but this time panelled up as all the shuts were done in the 015 pearl as opposed to the original 168.
Remember this is a mates rates job so Mick had barely covered his costs up to now, so I had to be patient and let him earn some real money before it could go back in, factor in holidays for both of us and we ended up at the start of September. I had hoped to get the car out and about this year with perhaps a trip to France in it, and make a decision whether it stayed or went as storage is an issue.
Fast forward to now and we are all done and all one shade whatever the light, the finish is gob smacking , it's certainly lighter than the old pearl, the pictures aren't the best, a bit shadowy near my house, but you can see where the light picks up the sparkle.
My advice to anyone who wants to keep pearl, but veer away from 168 is pick a modern shade you see on a car, as Andy the painter warned me the Renault pearl part of the 3 stage pearls is like wee wee.
015's base white is mega bright compared with 168 creamy base, there is three coats of pearl on E200, and its still quite bright.
Anyway some pics, not quite finished, bits of trim to tidy, and I'll try and get some better pics of it out and about in bright sunshine.
If you don't like it ....................you know what you can do, my nerves are frazzled..........
Compared to...................old shade..........
Try and get a few miles on it now.