classic porsche 912

Home Time – The 1965 Porsche 912 Paint Finished Ahead of It Heading Home

The paintwork of the 1965 Porsche 912 in the Bridge Classic Cars Paintshop is now complete!

With our part of this fantastic restoration project complete, it’s time for the classic air-cooled Porsche to head off for final assembly. The car arrived at the Bridge Classic Cars restoration workshop a few months ago, with a mismatch of different coloured panels which our in-house paint team have spent many hours correcting and perfecting. Alan, one of our painters, headed up the project and saw the car from its first steps into the preparation area to it being rolled out to be loaded into our enclosed transporter.

To mark this amazing project, we’ve put together a small gallery showing everything from the very beginning.

Mirror Image – 1965 Porsche 912 First Polish

The 1965 Porsche 912 has just had its first polishing session completed by the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint team. With it in such great shape, we thought we would pull it outside and get some photos of just how good the Polo Red paintwork looks in the light.

Alan, one of our paint technicians, has been hard at work getting the glorious red paint inside and out to look absolutely perfect. Through several rounds of colour sanding and polishing, the body of this classic Porsche looks incredible. And, there are still a couple more rounds of polishing to go!

Keep a lookout on the Bridge Classic Cars news page for more updates on the beautiful 1965 Porsche 912 very soon.

Prepped and Ready – Painting the Bumpers and Interior of the 1965 Porsche 912

The bodyshell and bumpers for the 1965 Porsche 912 have gone back into the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint shop to be finished in matching Polo Red.

The bumpers have been finished in the same paint texture as the exterior of the body and will be lacquered and polished along with the body. The interior of the classic Porsche along with the front bonnet and rear engine bay will be finished in a heavy-duty coating called RaptorGuard.

The bumpers were first and were shot in the stunning, bright and vibrant red and once dried, taken out into the preparation area to cure.

The bodyshell was then taken into the paint booth to be primed and then shot in tinted raptor-guarded. Alan, one of our painters, worked on preparing the bodyshell to be finished in the heavy-duty coating. Once the primer had flashed off, Alan could begin to lay on the raptor-guard into the shell.

In Colour – The Body of the 1965 Porsche 912 Now in Polo Red

Following on from getting the body panels of the 1965 Porsche 912, the Bridge Classic Cars paint team have shot the body hell of the classic Porsche in period-correct Polo Red.

The car was wheeled into the booth and carefully prepped by Alan before mixing up a litre of Polo Red to be laid across the body. Coat by coat the red lay perfectly onto the body of the car after testing it in places to get the fan shape on the paint gun perfect for laying down the colour.

Alan worked his way from front to back on the car, allowing each coat to flash off and begin its curing process inside the booth. The 6 coats of colour on the body, were done in 2 sessions which allowed the paint time to set up before the next round of painting.

After the paint had cured in the booth for a few hours, it was time to carefully push the beautifully painted 912 into the preparation department to begin the colour sanding process for lacquer and polishing.

The Next Stage – First Colour on the 1965 Porsche 912

The body panels of the 1965 Porsche 912 have gone into the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop to have the first layers of colour laid onto the meticulously prepared pieces.

The car is being finished in a period-correct Porsche colour Polo Red.

Alan, one of our incredible painters, has been working on preparing the panels and pieces of the classic Porsche in preparation for this stage of the car’s bodywork. Each panel was perfectly sanded, cleaned and positioned inside the booth before he walked into our in-house spray booth/oven.

The first layer was light and delicate on the panels. Creating almost a pink covering before being allowed to set up and let the next coats adhere perfectly to the piece. Then, over time each layer was built up and allowed to flash off before the next round of Polo Red was laid onto and inside each of the pieces.

With these pieces curing in the ovens overnight, the next step is to prepare the body for the booth.

Final Pieces – Bumpers for the 1965 Porsche 912 in Primer

The final pieces for the 1965 Porsche 912 have gone into the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop to have their final coat of primer.

The body shop team have worked on perfecting the shape and surface of the bumpers and valance panel from the classic Porsche before it went into the paint booth. This involved hours of shaping and sanding to get each individual piece to the correct shape.

Then, once each had been perfectly cleaned and prepared, Alan could lay the final coats of high build primer on the panels in preparation for the beginning of the colour process.

Built-Up – 1965 Porsche 912 in High Build Primer

The 1965 Porsche 912 in with the paint and body team at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop at our Suffolk HQ has had the majority of its part now sprayed in the final stage of primer.

Alan has been working on the classic Porsche to completely overhaul the car’s bodywork. After several rounds of sanding, priming, resanding and so on the 912 is looking incredible. The majority of the parts, panels and the bodyshell have been in the spray booth to receive its final coats of primer.

The car has been shot in an even and crucial layer of high-build primer before the paint team lay down the first coats of colour on this beautiful classic Porsche.

Preparation – Panels from the 1965 Porsche 912 for Final Primer

The technicians in the Bridge Classic Cars body shop have been preparing the panels and pieces from the 1965 Porsche 912 to have their final coats of finish primer laid.

Alan has been working on the pieces for the classic Porsche to get them looking perfect before the finishing primer is sprayed on in preparation for the final colour coat very soon. Hours have gone into getting even the inside of the door jams perfectly shaped for the car and also to address historic repairs done to the Porsche throughout its life on both the door and decklid.

With these both now in perfect shape, Alan can begin the cleaning process before they head into our in-house paint booth.

Guided – 1965 Porsche 912 Body and Bonnet in Primer

The 1965 Porsche 912 in the Bridge Classic Cars body shop has been moved into the paint shop to go through the next stage of primer work and sanding along with the bonnet.

Alan, has been working on the classic Porsche to get the body and all the panels into perfect shape before the car has its next stage of primer. Once the air-cooled Porsche had been moved into the paint booth, our technicians could lay down the first of several coats of polyester primer onto the body and the top of the bonnet.

After several more coats of both Polyester primer and Epoxy primer across the Porsche, it was then taken back out into the body shop to have its final sanding process started before the trip back into the paint booth for its journey into final colour and clear coat.

Second Coat – 1965 Porsche 912 Parts in Primer

Some of the panels and pieces from the 1965 Porsche 912 have been into the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint booth for their first coats of primer.

Alan has been working on getting these panels ready for the polyester primer in the previous days which has involved hours of careful sanding and reworking of the metal. Now, it was time for the panels to go in for the first round of primer for the classic Porsche.

Now with the panels currently curing in the paint shop, Alan will begin getting the other parts of the 912 ready to go into the paint booth.

Making Moves – Bodywork Begins on the 1965 Porsche 912

Alan, one of our paint and body experts at Bridge Classic Cars, has begun to refine and shape the bodywork of the 1965 Porsche 912 for our team to finish the body and paintwork on the car.

After the car came out of our in-house spray booth, it was moved into our new prep area to begin filler work and sanding. Alan mixed up the body filler to be put onto the car, but 99% of this will be removed from the car. It’s used as a guide more than anything.

Firstly, Alan sanded down the primer on the car to reveal any low spots on the panels which will need attention with the filler or by working the metal.

Then, it is hours of sanding and finishing the panels before the whole sequence begins again to ensure that this incredible air-cooled 912 to be perfect.

The Next Phase – Masking Up and First Coat of Primer on the 1965 Porsche 912

The wonderful 1965 Porsche 912 that is in the Bridge Classic Cars in-house paint and body shop at our Suffolk HQ has been being worked on by our amazing painter, Alan.

Alan has been working on getting the car prepared for the beginning of its bodywork journey. The first step was to get the car all the way back to bare metal, and now the team have begun the second phase of its story with Bridge Classic Cars. The car is now in epoxy primer.

The car needed to be put into primer before its bodywork begins as it’s used as a guide coat. The majority of this will actually be removed from the car. The paint and body team then use it to find any places where the bodyshell will need adjustment or tweaking to make the entire car work and flow in terms of its lines and curves.

After Alan has prepared the car for primer, he began the delicate work of masking up the car. This is just as important as the paint itself. Then, after cleaning down the bare metal, Alan began laying down the coats of primer.

We’re excited to show you the next chapter for the 1965 Porsche 912 with Bridge Classic Cars.

Step One – Getting the 1965 Porsche 912 Back to Bare Metal

The wonderful 1965 Porsche 912 is currently in with Bridge Classic Cars for paint and bodywork, so it has been moved into our state of the art in-house paint shop for our technicians to begin working on it.

Alan, one of our amazing in-house paint experts, has stripped the iconic Porsche back to bare metal to begin the process of making the body perfect. Carefully and methodically, Alan has worked his way through the entire car to get rid of any old paint on the body.

We’re excited to bring you the next stages in the project of this 1965 Porsche 912 from Bridge Classic Cars.

This Just In – 1965 Porsche 912

This morning, Bridge Classic Cars collected its latest project. A beautiful 1965 Porsche 912 will be heading into our Suffolk HQ to be assessed and worked on by our in-house restoration teams.

Tom and Nick headed to the Suffolk/Essex borders to collect the car in our enclosed transporter for its journey back to the workshop. The sun was sharp and bright which only added to the beauty of the car as it sat dormant in the shed. So, it was the perfect opportunity to show you the care and attention we give to every car that Bridge Classic Cars transports and to take you behind the scenes of a make and model we are seeing more and more of.

This car is being worked on by ourselves on behalf of our friend Garry and noted Porsche specialist Howard Watts. We’re excited to play our role in the project of getting the 912 to look its absolute best for the project.

The car was carefully moved out and into position behind the transporter before inch-by-inch moving forward into its temporary shelter.

Once the 912 arrived back at our Pettistree workshop, it was unloaded ready for its inspection by our paint and body team. From there, it will be worked on, perfected and then finished in a stunning dark red.

We cannot wait to show you the progress that the in-house team at Bridge Classic Cars makes on the 1965 Porsche 912. So, make sure you keep a lookout here on our News Page and also on our Social Media pages.