[Healeys] Holes in Painted Surface

David Nock BCS healeydoc at sbcglobal.net
Tue Apr 12 09:08:34 MDT 2016

Any time drilling in the sheet metal with paint put painters tape over the area first. The use a small 1/8 sharp drill bit first then step up to the size you want.

Why are you needing to drill any holes in the car?

If for a mirror we now have one that attaches to the pivot bolt on the windshield on the 100 / 4s

David Nock
British Car Specialists

From: Michael MacLean 
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 4:44 AM
To: Bob Spidell ; Healeys Help 
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Holes in Painted Surface

Have a just finished BN2 body and have not drilled any holes in it yet.  Just don't want to screw up the paint job after costing so much.  I had not thought of using a puch to "start" the hole.  Wouldn't that crack the paint?

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 4:26 AM, Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net> wrote:

  I suspect it would depend on type of material, type of paint, condition of both, etc. but have always assumed applying some kind of tape--electrical, masking, etc.--over and under--if the underneath is painted, too--the area to be drilled is about all you can do to prevent chipping.  Make sure you use a sharp bit, and a variable speed drill so you can start slow to drill through the paint.

  Begs the question: do you use a punch to 'prime' the hole--with or without tape--before drilling?


  On 4/12/2016 12:29 AM, Michael MacLean wrote:

    What's the best way to drill holes in a painted surface?
    Mike MacLean

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