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Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

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Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by 98v70dad » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:58 pm

Today I sighted an old 850 at the grocery store. I've seen it there before. It was covered in stickers and it looked like it was last painted with house paint and a roller. It didn't look good but it didn't look too bad either - poor thing.

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Re: Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by SonicAdventure » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:17 am

For some people the Volvo is a real status symbol of non-conformity.

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Re: Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by wheelsup » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:41 am

Painted with a foam roller and $50 in Rustoleum, three years after painting. Still glossy.

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Re: Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by 98v70dad » Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:30 pm

wheelsup wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:41 am
Painted with a foam roller and $50 in Rustoleum, three years after painting. Still glossy.

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I know you can do a pretty credible paint job with a roller if you take your time and pay attention to the details. This car looks great. The 850, unfortunately, did not. It had a texture like it had been painted with a heavy knapped roller that you would use to texture damaged wallboard.

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Re: Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by kranz » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:56 pm

98v70dad wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:30 pm
I know you can do a pretty credible paint job with a roller if you take your time and pay attention to the details. This car looks great. The 850, unfortunately, did not. It had a texture like it had been painted with a heavy knapped roller that you would use to texture damaged wallboard.
There was an eccentric fellow up in the Northeast who was legendary in cycling circles online (Unfortunately he is no longer with us.) He globbed various colors of paint randomly on his commuter bike with no attempt at any artistic merit. His rationale was that it made the bike less desirable as a target for theft. AFAIK, it was never stolen. Perhaps the owner of said VOLVO subscribes to a similar philosophy, what with VOLVO 850s being in such great demand among the criminal element.
Les is more.

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Re: Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by 98v70dad » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:54 pm

kranz wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:56 pm
98v70dad wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:30 pm
I know you can do a pretty credible paint job with a roller if you take your time and pay attention to the details. This car looks great. The 850, unfortunately, did not. It had a texture like it had been painted with a heavy knapped roller that you would use to texture damaged wallboard.
There was an eccentric fellow up in the Northeast who was legendary in cycling circles online (Unfortunately he is no longer with us.) He globbed various colors of paint randomly on his commuter bike with no attempt at any artistic merit. His rationale was that it made the bike less desirable as a target for theft. AFAIK, it was never stolen. Perhaps the owner of said Volvo subscribes to a similar philosophy, what with Volvo 850s being in such great demand among the criminal element.
Whoever owns it marches to their own drum. I'll get a picture if I think about it next time I see it. Full disclosure: My V70 has stickers all over the back window. There are some pretty conventional National Park Stickers. I've got a few peace signs, a haight asbury sticker, many REI stickers, one of the guys from duck dynasty and my favorite, a skull and crossbones with the crossbones being crossed wrenches. Do they improve the look of the car? They don't make it any worse. I've been meaning to get a prancing moose sticker but I've been remiss in ordering it.

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Re: Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by j-dawg » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:52 am

kranz wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:56 pm
There was an eccentric fellow up in the Northeast who was legendary in cycling circles online (Unfortunately he is no longer with us.) He globbed various colors of paint randomly on his commuter bike with no attempt at any artistic merit.
RIP Saint Sheldon
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Re: Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by kranz » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:24 am

j-dawg wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:52 am
RIP Saint Sheldon
+1
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Re: Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by 850 LPT » Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:47 am

wheelsup wrote: ↑
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:41 am
Painted with a foam roller and $50 in Rustoleum, three years after painting. Still glossy.

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Awesome job. I'm pretty sure I saw a blog of how you did this years ago, could this be true? I too have painted cars with foam rollers and Rustoleum paint before. In the nineties I painted an entire car like that, but it was not as nice as yours.

This was my 68' Lincoln Continental, I painted the roof to replicate the look of vinyl:
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Re: Old 850 sighting - unusual paint job

Post by crlande » Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:00 pm

Nice vinyl look....your speaker cut outs, not so much!!!

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