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Restoration Update - June 4th, 2005

The restoration process is progressing nicely now. X201's "Yellow-bellies" have received their fresh yellow paint. The last bit of work included stripping the caulk/sealer from around the frames of the bay windows. After masking the frames and glass, the primer was roughed-up with 120 grit sandpaper. After blowing the dust and wiping with a tack cloth, the bay windows were ready to paint.

I chose an Alkyd Enamel Bright Yellow paint by PPG Commercial Performance Coatings. The part number was ALK-FP801 in a factory pack. This is the same product as the PPG Tec-Star 200. I also used a Tec-Star 201 hardener. I chose this paint combination for three reasons. 1. Compatibility with the Alkyd Metal Primer used on X201. 2. Proven performance of this paint on Southern X445 owned by John Cudd. X445 has been painted for approximately 6 years and still looks like new. 3. Price - $56.34 per gallon including the hardener. Some of the paints I researched were going to cost in the neighborhood of $150-$250 per gallon. I had originally hoped to use DuPont Imron or DuPont Centari. The Imron would not work chemically with the primer used on X201. The Centari (automobile paint) was going to cost approximately $250 per gallon.

I'd like to thank Denver Moss, friend and fellow volunteer at the Heart of Dixie RR Museum, for applying the paint. Denver provided the equipment and the know-how and did an outstanding job. Three coats of yellow were applied to each bay window, using a total of 1.5 gallons of paint (+ thinner). The finish is deep, rich, and glossy. As you will see in the photos, there are two dents/creases along one of the bay windows. I debated filling these with Bondo or putty, but decided that they gave the car some character. No telling what sort of incident resulted in these marks! Next comes the red....

Painting the Yellow Belly

Completed Yellow Belly paint



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