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paint blisters...big problem

Post by mikeydude » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:46 pm

I have had to keep the car outside for most of the winter, ...over the past week or so paint blisters have appeared in several places on the car . I have always had a couple of blisters on the top of the passenger door.......but these have got much worse and broken through the paint...... one things for sure it is going to cost a lot to fix. .....And when it is fixed will they just come back or just appear elsewhere......this is enough for me to just want to get it repaired and sold.
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Post by mikeydude » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:50 pm

Oh...does anyone recommend a good body repair company?
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Re: paint blisters...big problem

Post by RichEuropaS » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:41 pm

:That_Sucks:

I would feel gutted too, get it repaired and keep it, unless I wanted a change...
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Re: paint blisters...big problem

Post by mikeydude » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:18 pm

RichEuropaS wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:41 pm
:That_Sucks:

I would feel gutted too, get it repaired and keep it, unless I wanted a change...
Well, I would just get it repaired but people online say they can just come back
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Re: paint blisters...big problem

Post by Jono » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:54 pm

RichEuropaS wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:41 pm
:That_Sucks:

I would feel gutted too, get it repaired and keep it, unless I wanted a change...
Sorry to see this Mike, :( I believe it can be properly sorted out but the difficulty is finding someone with the knowledge/skills/facilities. There are companies that specialise in fibreglass restoration and offer a lifetime guarantee on the repair but I expect it may not be cheap.
This may help to explain the issue and what's involved in the repair: https://www.option1sportscars.co.uk/restoration/
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Post by mikeydude » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:05 pm

Jono wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:54 pm
RichEuropaS wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:41 pm
:That_Sucks:

I would feel gutted too, get it repaired and keep it, unless I wanted a change...
Sorry to see this Mike, :( I believe it can be properly sorted out but the difficulty is finding someone with the knowledge/skills/facilities. There are companies that specialise in fibreglass restoration and offer a lifetime guarantee on the repair but I expect it may not be cheap.
This may help to explain the issue and what's involved in the repair: https://www.option1sportscars.co.uk/restoration/
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Thanks for the info Jono, it made interesting reading, I have heard that they should bake the panels before refinishing...this seems to confirm it.
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Re: paint blisters...big problem

Post by Dave C » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:08 pm

Sad to see this Mike, as you say it is an issue commented many times on all the Lotus forums.

It does seem to be reported a lot by people that have stored the car under a cover outside from what I have seen. Is it possible that the covers are holding moisture and making it worse?
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Post by mikeydude » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:47 pm

Dave C wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:08 pm
Sad to see this Mike, as you say it is an issue commented many times on all the Lotus forums.

It does seem to be reported a lot by people that have stored the car under a cover outside from what I have seen. Is it possible that the covers are holding moisture and making it worse?
Hi Dave.....The consensus online seems to be that covers don't seem to stop the blisters from occurring...in my case the car was not covered anyway.
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Post by Dave C » Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:36 am

mikeydude wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:47 pm
Dave C wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:08 pm
Sad to see this Mike, as you say it is an issue commented many times on all the Lotus forums.

It does seem to be reported a lot by people that have stored the car under a cover outside from what I have seen. Is it possible that the covers are holding moisture and making it worse?
Hi Dave.....The consensus online seems to be that covers don't seem to stop the blisters from occurring...in my case the car was not covered anyway.
Balls :( . Was thinking about Bodyshops and whilst I have never used them there is Rob Knight and Stephen M who are both on here
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Post by mikeydude » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:57 am

Dave C wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:36 am
mikeydude wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:47 pm
Dave C wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:08 pm
Sad to see this Mike, as you say it is an issue commented many times on all the Lotus forums.

It does seem to be reported a lot by people that have stored the car under a cover outside from what I have seen. Is it possible that the covers are holding moisture and making it worse?
Hi Dave.....The consensus online seems to be that covers don't seem to stop the blisters from occurring...in my case the car was not covered anyway.
Balls :( . Was thinking about Bodyshops and whilst I have never used them there is Rob Knight and Stephen M who are both on here
Ah right.....so these are members that have there own body shops? I will contact them...thanks for that Dave
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Post by Nathan » Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:47 pm

Mike, before I bought my 111R I contacted TrackVRoad in Clitheroe to get some history on it, as they'd supplied it to the guy I bought it off and looked after it during his ownership.

They told me the rear clam and both doors had been repainted before they put the car up for sale due to blistering. This was approx 9 years ago and up to now none have returned (although it's been garaged for the last 6 years of those 9).

If my memory serves me right they told me they use a paintshop nearby for all their paint and fibreglass work (mostly TVRs) and although not cheap it's a quality job (I'm very fussy and wouldn't hesitate to go back there). I'm sure a quick call and they'd put you in touch with the bodyshop they use.
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Post by nelly111s » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:05 pm

mikeydude wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:50 pm
Oh...does anyone recommend a good body repair company?
Mikey,
Ron Knight (on here) did a great job on the front clam of my 111R, with stone chips which were bad. Thoroughly recommend him.

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Post by mikeydude » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:06 pm

Nathan wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:47 pm
Mike, before I bought my 111R I contacted TrackVRoad in Clitheroe to get some history on it, as they'd supplied it to the guy I bought it off and looked after it during his ownership.

They told me the rear clam and both doors had been repainted before they put the car up for sale due to blistering. This was approx 9 years ago and up to now none have returned (although it's been garaged for the last 6 years of those 9).

If my memory serves me right they told me they use a paintshop nearby for all their paint and fibreglass work (mostly TVRs) and although not cheap it's a quality job (I'm very fussy and wouldn't hesitate to go back there). I'm sure a quick call and they'd put you in touch with the bodyshop they use.
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Post by whitergb » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:39 pm

Mike, The company that Nathan is referring to I think are surface and design over in Blackpool. They specialise in TVR and Lotus and were the old TVR body shop guys.
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Post by Dave C » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:20 pm

nelly111s wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:05 pm
mikeydude wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:50 pm
Oh...does anyone recommend a good body repair company?
Mikey,
Ron Knight (on here) did a great job on the front clam of my 111R, with stone chips which were bad. Thoroughly recommend him.

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Post by mikeydude » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:47 pm

nelly111s wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:05 pm
mikeydude wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:50 pm
Oh...does anyone recommend a good body repair company?
Mikey,
Ron Knight (on here) did a great job on the front clam of my 111R, with stone chips which were bad. Thoroughly recommend him.

Nelly
Thanks for that Neil, I will give him a call.

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Post by Graham the Interloper » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:06 pm

I think Stephen m is the chap responsible for the (quite modified) S1 i saw on the m6 once. If so, his work is brilliant. The S1 in question is the one with the lights relocated, bigger arches etc - the lines were perfect.

There's always plan b though - with Karl's Lightning McQueen off the road, why not go full wrap and make a Lotus Bumblebee autobot? :)

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Post by mikeydude » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:15 pm

Graham the Interloper wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:06 pm
I think Stephen m is the chap responsible for the (quite modified) S1 i saw on the m6 once. If so, his work is brilliant. The S1 in question is the one with the lights relocated, bigger arches etc - the lines were perfect.

There's always plan b though - with Karl's Lightning McQueen off the road, why not go full wrap and make a Lotus Bumblebee autobot? :)
Brilliant.......an autobot wrap it is then....
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Post by tazbabes » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:37 pm

sell Larry the Lotus ....i think not !!!!

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Post by RichEuropaS » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:10 pm

tazbabes wrote:
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sell Larry the Lotus ....i think not !!!!
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Post by mikeydude » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:42 pm

tazbabes wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:37 pm
sell Larry the Lotus ....i think not !!!!
Hmmm...that's me told :unsure:
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Post by Rob P » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:30 am

mikeydude wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:42 pm
tazbabes wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:37 pm
sell Larry the Lotus ....i think not !!!!
Hmmm...that's me told :unsure:
Know you place Mikey :ROFLMAO:
Now big decision is which paint shop to use, will be an interested spectator on this as the little blue one is in need of a paint job due to some micro blistering itself
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Re: paint blisters...big problem

Post by mikeydude » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:33 am

Rob P wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:30 am
mikeydude wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:42 pm
tazbabes wrote:
Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:37 pm
sell Larry the Lotus ....i think not !!!!
Hmmm...that's me told :unsure:
Know you place Mikey :ROFLMAO:
Now big decision is which paint shop to use, will be an interested spectator on this as the little blue one is in need of a paint job due to some micro blistering itself
Indeed....
Mine dont really count as micro blisters as they are about the size of a football :unsure: :(
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Re: paint blisters...big problem

Post by brooke bond » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:44 pm

Rob Knight painted my s1 & pleased withit still 12 months on. Had some blisters so he rubed down , & then dried it out properly before repairing. Underside of clam also needs sealing i thing to stop moisture coming from underneath. Mine has been in a remote garage this winter but ‘touch wood’ appears ok still. Biggest thing is keeping it garage when it gets around freezing.
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Post by mikeydude » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:50 pm

brooke bond wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:44 pm
Rob Knight painted my s1 & pleased withit still 12 months on. Had some blisters so he rubed down , & then dried it out properly before repairing. Underside of clam also needs sealing i thing to stop moisture coming from underneath. Mine has been in a remote garage this winter but ‘touch wood’ appears ok still. Biggest thing is keeping it garage when it gets around freezing.
Yes...several people have said Rob is good......I think you are right....my problem occurred after the car was left standing for a couple of months...it has been outside for the last couple of years and not had a problem...but it has been started and used periodically. I am guessing this may evaporate the water from the rear of the panels when used....I don't really want to take off the front clam though...but if I have to.....can you get to the inside top of the door to seal it?
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