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    Hi all,

    After 2.5 years, the body shop finished my TR body. Woo ho!!

    Any suggestions how to safely transport the “loose” body panels hone? Several hour journey in the interstate.

    Hood, trunk, doors, windshield frame, plus a bunch of small bits.

    Thoughts? I think maybe wrap the pieces in towels and build a wooden frame for each? Intent to prevent anything from moving during transport. I’ve looked in the internet for photo suggestions... but any search including the words “body”and “transport” does not refer to car parts... despite including “car” and “automobile” in the search.
    Mike
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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    Congrats on seeing the body work making progress.

    I'd think first thing would be to ask the paint shop what they recommend for transport preparation, at this stage (type of paint, how long since spraying, etc.)

    Would wrapping new paint with a towel, then bouncing along the interstate, lead to "towel marks" in the paint?

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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    If I need to transport panel, I hire a moving truck as they are enclosed and lay form pads on the floor to raise up you panels from scuffing. Have had much success using this method.
    most of all....take your time.
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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    Thanks!!

    Out of curiosity, what type of foam did you use?
    Mike
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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    Supplied by my trimmer. You can use spray glue the add layers. High density foam works best.
    You can use duct tape to position the foam to the floor, but NOT to the painted panels.
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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    Mike
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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    That looks swell!!!
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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    I was just in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    I painted my TR doors with modern urethane enamel and set them on a towel the next day, I don't remember the exact amount of time elapsed, but it was enough to seem safe, and certainly dry to the touch. Anyway, the towels stuck and imprinted into the paint. Modern two parts cure and get harder over a long period of time, which as an aside is why they will react very differently to fine polishing after a day than after a month, there is a sweet spot in there somewhere. Anyway, I would be careful about exposing the paint to touching anything, even something soft, for extended periods until several days have passed at least, unless paint shop baked to speed cure (do they do that anymore?). As mentioned, consult the painter, but err on the side of caution regardless.

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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    Thanks! It will be at least a month after painting that I will pick up - but still am scared of soft paint. I assume paint cures for months??
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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    Month should be fine

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    Re: Transporting freshly painted body panels?

    Yup. Let us know how you get on.
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