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1955 Ford Part 90: Buffing the Fenders on the Fairlane!

Updated: Apr 6

"Buffing the Fenders on the Fairlane!"


Some of my busiest months in church ministry take place during February, March, and April, but recently I had the chance to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and bring the Ford out of the garage for a bath. I am not going to get into all the tips and tricks I have for detailing a vehicle - there is plenty on websites and social media for such things. However, I did want to show the results of buffing the fenders. After I had washed and dried the Fairlane I was reminded that both front fenders still had a slight haze from the post-paint buffing I had tried to accomplish a while back. You may recall that I did get the roof just right and was very happy with the results! The fenders were not as bad so I had decided to put them off, but after this most recent cleaning job it was time to break out the buffer and go to town.

Examine the two photos below that show the surface of the fender before my buffing session. From the rear angle it seems as if there is no need. However, if you look closely at the second photo you can tell there is a slight haze left over from way back when I knocked down some of the orange peel. I know, I know, I hear it all the time. "Jessup, you're a perfectionist!" (You can tell it's bad when I mask off the fender just for a buffing job!) Whatever the case may be in that regard, I just could not live with the haze any longer...

This video shows the results best:

Meguiar's 105 was what I used to polish it up. I will have to admit that after one solid year of driving the car, parking in various lots, etc, there are some places where people have "dinged it up" but I knew that would be the case when I painted the car. Thankfully, I don't have thousands of dollars in this paint job. You can look back through the posts if you like (click "Paint and Body" up top on the category list) and see that much of what I have in the body work is time and effort. Materials? roughly $7-800 when you include the sandpaper, tape, etc, as well as actual paint and clear coat. I must say though, I do cringe at times when I see people acting like idiots on the roadways. A number of people need their licenses revoked, in my opinion, but that is another topic for another day! At times I use a dash cam in the car; so, I am saving clips to put together another video that testifies to all of this foolishness.

As the weather breaks and my schedule calms down, I would like to build a full trunk floor and walls, tinker on that 2x4 setup, keep building my 312 (what!?!?! more on that later!), install the rocker panel molding I located last fall, blast and paint another set of original rims so that I can mount wide white walls, finish and install a set of fender skirts, etc, etc, etc. The list will not end, I think!

Visit my page on this site entitled "Remember" and let me know your thoughts. As much as I enjoy passing on the knowledge of Y Block Fords to the next generation, there is no greater work I have nor effort I must make than to give the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Keeping the FaYth,

The Hot Rod Reverend

aka Daniel Jessup


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