When we last saw our Factory Five Roadster project, Bob Roeder and Aaron Kester at KR Performance & Restorations had performed several requested body modifications to it; then applied Spies Hecker's spray polyester filler. In the time between those photos and our project being completely painted, wet-sanded, and buffed out, many more steps have been accomplished. From coating the underside of the body for looks and protection to block-sanding, final body fit, and more, it took more than a simple spray of body color to say our project was painted.
Many people will tell you that a good paint job is 90 percent body prep (sanding, filling, and so on) and 10 percent painting. While it's true that paint only looks as good as the prepared surface it's applied to, what's also important is picking a quality paint product, the proper mixing of the product, applying it correctly, and sealing it with enough clear to allow the final wet-sanding and buffing to achieve a show-ready shine. It's not easy work, especially on a car shaped like a Cobra, where there's hardly a straight panel to be found. Many hours of block-sanding, often with homemade sanding blocks, are the only way to make the body look perfect before applying the paint.
So check out the final paint process here, and be sure to read the expanded version of this story with many more photos on our Web site at www.mustangandfords.com.