After nearly 20 years of ownership I’m going to bite the bullet and prepare for a respray. My plan is to de-trim the car and remove all paint over the winter and then ship it out to a paintshop in the spring.
My question concerns the type of paint system used at Browns lane back in 1973…… Is it the dreaded TPA (ThermoPlastic Acrylic) - which others have told me only started with Series 3 cars, or is it likely to be cellulose or something else?
I am fairly sure the paint is original SABLE which is now fairly flat and very thin in places ( showing a red undercoat). All horizontal surfaces have micro-blisters and some assorted stains from bird poo and tree sap which have resisted my attempts over the years to eradicate them.
The reason I would like to know more about the original paint is to decide on the stripping method as I believe TPA cloggs up abrasive paper and melts into stripping wheels. Other owners experiences would be very welcome .
I know some will say just throw a large amount of cash in to a bodyshop to do the whole job but I want to have the satisfaction of at least doing part of the job.
1973 DDS Series 1