Hey Gypsy, so what you are saying is that your thread is a fair bit behind where you are actually at.....
Everyone has to keep something up their sleeve.....
I re coated the bay today. After practising on some old front guards and reading so old school stuff from guys that painted with acrylics back in the day, I have come up with some techniques that are working a treat!!
Still using my Scorpion gun, loving it. Getting the hang of it now, using about 45 psi through a 1.4, fairly large fan with lots of overlap. I know what you mean about the wet edge, hard with clear, but this setup seems to fairly forgiving with that.
Tried out a trick i read about, doing the last coat very lightly with just straight thinners to help flatten it off. Works really well, but must be very light. I went a bit heavy on the top of the radiator support panel and ruined the finish, so will rub it back tomorrow with some 1500, give it quick hit of orange, and then a few coats of clear. At the final coat using about 80/20 thinners to clear and coming out quite nicely. Going to give the bay a gentle rub with 1500 - 2000 and polish by hand. Happy with the result thus far!! (apart form the rad support
Also started restoring the jack, wheel chock etc. Painting it in blaze blue, very similiar to the original air cleaner cover blue, just for something different. As I will have no access to the original jack mounting position, due to my boxed in boot, I have bought a 24 inch black canvas tool bag and have the old school mazda writing on the sides of the bag.
Not going to have much room in my boot with the spare, battery, washer bottle and tool kit in there
Will post up some pics after I have redone the rad support panel and the tool kit when I have finished painting!!