Jeff Johnston

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  • Birthday 10/08/1964

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  • Location New Hampshire USA

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  1. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic sand polish   

    For me sanding starts as soon as I break the kit out of the box.  I like to sand the whole body and hood to see all the sink marks, mold lines or other imperfections.  I use maybe 800 grit.  If there are any sink marks that I can't sand smooth, I fill it with putty, and some more sanding until its all smooth.
    Then I primer the car, and once its dry, sand some more.  Only this time I'm sanding the primer with 3200 grit sanding pad.  The goal is to make the primer coat smooth,  You may have to spray a second coat of primer and sand it smooth as well.
    Once the primer is nice and smooth, you color paint.  Your color coat should be smooth with no orange peel look.  If you have orange peel, sand it smooth and give it another coat of color.  Understand that if your primer coat isn't smooth, your color coat won't be.  If your color coat isn't smooth, your clear coat won't be.  I usually take 4000 grit sanding pad to level out the color coat.  If its smooth with your color coat the 1st time, no need to sand it.
    Once you have a smooth color coat you can clear it.   With the clear I usually do 2 coats, and wet sand with 4000 grit in between.  After the final clear I start with 4000 and then with 6000, and then 8000 and finally 12000 grit.  You will see that once you get into the 6000 the shine starts to be seen.  The higher the number, the shinier it will get.  
    Also once you start sanding with the 3600 or 4000 grit, it will dull your clear...not to worry, keep moving up through the grits and you'll see it will start to shine up. 
    Final is the polishing.  There are model polishes out there (novus and "the treatment") but standard car polishes work well too.  I use maguires #2 polish first, and then Maguires carnuba wax.  
    Hope this helps.
  2. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic Kit car, probably not what you thought.   

    Bill that is an interesting story.. I never knew anything about the company - I only knew that Iiked the body kit.   Sounds like a slimy group.
    I'm glad I didn't get a wild hair and try to build one ! LOL
  3. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic Kit car, probably not what you thought.   

    I always liked this.  You start with a 914 so its more of a body kit but I;d sure love to own one.  Some have fit a Chevy small block in here....
     

     
  4. Jeff Johnston added a topic in Wanted!   

    Looking for 71 Charger air cleaner and air cleaner decal
    I am more than willing to pay shipping or trade parts if anyone has the air cleaner breather and decal for the 71 charger kit.
    Jeff
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  5. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic Lindberg '53 Ford Victoria   

    As everyone else said, the 53 Ford is a spectacular kit.  One of the best kits of its time.  I've built 2 and I usually don't build anything older than 1965.
    Here is mine with some period photoshopping.
     

  6. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic New "Jay Leno's Garage" series   

    Same here.  I enjoy Jay's show a lot.  
    There are a few more I like such as Wheeler Dealers, Chasing Classic Cars and that one where they re-do a car in the owners garage, but the rest are all phony drama.   
  7. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic Monogram mustang convertible instructions   

    That is a great kit.  Post pics
  8. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic decals needed/monogram 70 chevelle   

    I should have these Bill.  I'll check and shoot you a PM.
  9. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic Corvette and etc. for trade (all traded)   

    Just responded Larry.
  10. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic Corvette and etc. for trade (all traded)   

    bump
  11. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic New issue just hit my mail box   

    I want my magazine to be delivered to my door, in a foam case, with a metal latch, wrapped in bubble wrap.  I mean seriously, how hard can that be ?
  12. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic 1967 Ford Custom sedan or coupe   

    There was a 67 XL 500 with the fastback style roof and the convertible, and you are correct. they cost a small fortune.  Both AMT.
    Kevin Lutz at Missing link does a fantastic resin trans kit of the 67.
    R&R resin, when Ray Parsons  was alive, did a 67.  Fastback and wagon.  Not sure (or can't remember) if anyone is casting the R&R stuff.  It was always a little rough in quality but accurate.
    JJ 
  13. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic Corvette and etc. for trade (all traded)   

    this is what I have left
  14. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic Are model kits making a comeback? What gives?   

    I usually get through half my beer at least Tom HAHA
    And you sere right.. I remember when I could buy an 8 ounce bottle of coke.  Then it was 12 ounces.  Not you can't buy a bottle of coke that's less that 20 ounces. 
  15. Jeff Johnston added a post in a topic Ferrari 348TS and F355   

    SO nice both of them ! I love Ferrari's too.  I've been trying to score a Hasegawa 348 on Ebay but always get outbid.