Thanks Wraithman and Steve.
I suppose from now on I should just call my car a Corniche, even though it is a 69, to avoid the confusion, because as Steve says, there is no belt line trim on these cars (no matter their name, MPW 2 dr. Shadows or from 71 on, Corniche).
I did see the little access panel where the nut is removed from the trim holding stud for the lower sill moulding. As I read it, once that nut is out, and stud removed, the rest of the trim is held by clips, and the back end of the trim in front of the rear wheel arch is a slide in, so once the other clips are removed the trim slides rearward and off the rearmost clip?
Steve, this is very important to me, the metallic can't look like a new car, all screwed up. The guy is a good painter, and knows to make sure the doors are sprayed at same time and in same position as they would be on the car. No doubt they must be removed to get the car and doors stripped properly.
The question comes into play. where we have many applications of coatings, primer, then base, then clear, I don't think I can afford to have him mount and unmount the doors in between all of these phases.
I suppose if the car and doors were painted with the doors off the car, the mounting and unmounting half a dozen times wouldn't be necessary.
Are you suggesting to take the doors off, and treat the car, and it's door jambs, as one big unit, and paint the jambs in the same sessions as the rest of the allover car paint is done? SO, whilst they are painting the rear quarters, and front fenders, (and even doors, mounted on holding fixtures off the car but in the proper orientation, and hood and trunklid), all at once?
Some people do jambs first with a small gun, (cutting in), and then do the rest of the car as a separate session. (this is mind boggling)
But it seems that there will be some improvisation, for example, I don't think the doors can be mounted in such a way that the inner and outer of the doors themselves can be painted at once. Perhaps the inners of the doors should be painted first before the outers and rest of car are done (by inners of doors I mean the painted places of the door that are invisible when the door is on the car with the door closed)
Steve, one more question, if you know, have you seen Corniche cars with original paint and examined the door jambs? Did they finish these areas to the same level as the outside of the car? On mine it looks like some places in the front near the hinges and where the windshield pillar comes down, looks like maybe they finished off some of those areas with a brush, or if not with a brush, at a different time than the rest of the car.
Whilst I am not worried about over-restoring the car (losing points for doing too good a job, I wouldn't care about that, like some american car restorers do), at the same time, I don't want to add 100 hours of labour, trying to do something that even Park Ward's didn't bother to do. I think they painted the car with the doors on, which begs the question, how and when did the jambs get done, and what was used to keep the two sessions of painting from overspraying one another? (perhaps it was as simple as thin coats and lots of polishing, or masking different coats at different places and then polishing, or even brushing some areas around the hinges).
This is what I would love to know, what is the process that Park Ward's used? I believe they were not fired until around 1992 or so, maybe one of them is still alive? I'd be happy to even duplicate the process they used in the last of the Mulliner Park Ward Corniche cars. They shut down MPW around 92 and moved the custom bodies into Crewe as I understand it, shortly after the last P-VI was finished.
Use your PMC for mental therapy. I replaced my psychiatrist with a PMC. Thirty minutes of driving per day is more effective than doctors and drugs.