New "veneer" for the Series 3 XJ6...my most recent lockdown project.

May 13, 2020,14:37 PM
 


The original wood veneer in the '86 XJ6 was so bad, parts of the veneer were actually falling off in large pieces. It's really the only problem the car had. I wanted to re-veneer it in burlwood but I planned on hand-choosing the veneer from a local shop, which is now obviously closed to the public due to the lockdown. So, with time on my hands, I went a different route...I hand-painted the original pieces instead. I figured since I spent years doing illustrations during my career in advertising I should be able to handle this.


It took half a day to take the dash apart, carefully labeling everything in the process. Then another half day removing all the old veneer and cleaning up the surfaces. About another half day fixing imperfections in the surfaces, filling, priming, sanding, then adding a sold base color.

Actually painting the woodgrain was surprisingly quick, maybe two hours total for all the pieces. I used an old-school process I found through a google search.

The color is less red than the photos show and overall I'm very pleased with the results. I'll let the pieces dry at least a week before spraying a spar varnish finish of at least four coats.













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Wow! Excellent job! [nt]

 
 By: patrick_y : May 13th, 2020-14:40

Thanks! [nt]

 
 By: Emil Wojcik : May 13th, 2020-14:47

Great work !...

 
 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 13th, 2020-15:14
And immensely satisfying.

Magnificent job! [nt]

 
 By: NautNut : May 13th, 2020-18:49

Thank you! [nt]

 
 By: Emil Wojcik : May 14th, 2020-06:52

Love. This.

 
 By: Jim : May 13th, 2020-20:04
As a vintage car guy, this is great! Looks fabulous and you did it yourself - definitely show it after installation please.

Merci d'avance! [nt]

 
 By: amanico : May 14th, 2020-07:56

You did good job

 
 By: Jari from Finland : May 16th, 2020-10:34
Those wood veneers look nice after your hand painting. We are looking forward seeing the pics after you have put them back in your car.

Great job !

 
 By: bimbeano : May 17th, 2020-05:32
I wouldn’t have the guts or patience to even think of doing this .... or the skills for that matter. From a distance your fisrt pic reminded me of one of my friends old VW’s T1 standing in my barn for 15 years, completely disassembled. One day he bought a...