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400i repaint

Discussion in '365 GT4 2+2/400/412' started by Ewan, Oct 29, 2019.

  1. Ewan

    Ewan Karting

    Jul 5, 2015
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    Finally my repaint is completed. After two years of thinking about doing it, then another two of trying to chose the colour and painting company, and then eight months of actual work, my car finally rolled out last week.

    For background, my car was originally ordered in Blu Ribot. But before it went into production, the owner changed his mind and altered the order to Bruno Acajou. He kept it like this for 6 years, before then moving the car from London to Hong Kong and having Ferrari HK repaint it Blu Sera. This is the colour it was when I bought it.

    The weather has been typically rainy since then, so I've taken no good outdoor sunny pictures yet, but here's a selection taken over the period or work.

    The start was removing glass, lights, rubbers, chrome trim, badges, etc. Then a full strip back to bare metal. Thankfully this revealed the bodywork to be in great shape, with just some minor light corrosion at the base of the door mirror, and the leading bottom corner edge of each door.

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  2. Ewan

    Ewan Karting

    Jul 5, 2015
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    Ewan Karting

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  4. Ewan

    Ewan Karting

    Jul 5, 2015
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    For comparison, here's a shot of my car taken a few years ago. The eagle-eyed may notice that as part of my repaint, I've deleted the side repeater lights that were fitted when the car was taken to New York, back in 1981. These repeaters are not required in the UK (or mainland Europe), so in the bin they went.

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  5. rubenpadron

    rubenpadron Formula Junior
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    WOW Ewan, that is stunning!

    Beautiful color choice. Is that Prugna?

    And nice job deleting the side marker repeaters. I wish I could take them off my car, but I don’t want to go through a repaint since my paint is currently quite nice, but those repeaters are an eyesore.

    Congrats!

    Ruben
     
  6. Arvid

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    Congratulations Ewan. Absolutely lovely car and color :)
     
  7. Schumi

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    What a great color and the job looks well done! I too want to ditch the slapped-on side marker lights as I think they nearly ruin the car visually - and those damn extended US bumpers too.
     
  8. SouthJersey400i

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    great color, suits the car.

    Glad to hear windshield and rear screen came out in one piece!
     
  9. Ewan

    Ewan Karting

    Jul 5, 2015
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    Yes, it's Prugna. It perhaps looks a little uninteresting on a dull day, but when the sun shines on it, the colour really pops. It's an official Ferrari colour of the period (which was important to me) and matches the original interior well. I'm pleased to hear that you like it as well.
     
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  10. Ewan

    Ewan Karting

    Jul 5, 2015
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    The front screen came out (and went back in) in one piece. Much to the surprise of both myself and the bodyshop.

    But the old rear screen was milky at the top edge from delamination, so I replaced that with what I believe to have been the last remaining original one. I purchased it from Maranello (in Egham, UK) and they only still had it as it had "Damaged" written on the box. But when the box was opened, the only damage was a tiny thin scratch at the base, that would easily polish out. So I got lucky there!
     
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    Fantastic, thanks for sharing!
     
  13. bjwhite

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    That is gorgeous Ewan, congratulations. And while I love blu sera (the color of my 348ts), I must admit that I actually like prugna better on the 400i oddly enough. Good choice. And also smart to remove the side markers. Luckily mine doesn't have one on the front (which I hate) but at some point got them on the rear. AND, they drilled holes in the side carpets in the trunk to do it. Ugh. Annoying. I had 80s car modifiers. (alarm systems, radios, etc.) haha.
     
  14. rubenpadron

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    Ugh, same here on the drilled carpets. Butchers!

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  15. bjwhite

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    That was supposed to read "I hate" Sorry to hear about yours Ruben. And I figure if I ever remove them, I'll have carpets on the side with holes in them. And to find replacement carpets in red won't be easy. :(
     
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  16. Ewan

    Ewan Karting

    Jul 5, 2015
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    Same! So I do now have holes in the side carpets of my boot. Annoying, but only slightly, as I hardly ever go in there anyway, and on black carpets they are barely visible.
     
  17. Part Time

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    Wow, I must be lucky.....my front yellow lamps were only reflectors, and stick-on at that, they popped right off.
    Rear lamps do have bulbs, along with a hole thru the qtr panel, but nicely done without carpet holes.....I don't plan on re-painting the car while I own it, so the red lamps will be someone else's problem.

    Gary
     
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