Daily Archives: August 5, 2011

In the home stretch now

The owners of this gorgeous Mustang are coming to see the car for the first time since, well, since it started looking like a car again. The last time Cassie and Karl saw their car it was painted but it had no fenders or doors … it was really nothing but a painted shell.

Since that time we have added the doors, wiring harness, sound deadening and, as a surprise, the fenders. I’m writing this Thursday evening, but I’m holding this post until Friday afternoon so to not give away the surprise of their seeing the car with the fenders on.

Today, Thursday, we attached the fenders as a test fit and alignment check. The fenders are only lightly attached and can be quickly removed if necessary for the engine install, but since the fenders were on, and the owners are coming to see the car tomorrow, Friday, I decided to leave them for now. From a low angle, like the third photo, the car looks all but complete.

The last two photos show the wiring harness in the car. Think about trying to untangle spaghetti and you have some idea of what it is like putting a wiring harness in a car. Of course there is still a lot of tidying up of the wire to do, but the bulk of the wires are run, more or less, to the right places.

We still have a ways to go, but that pounding sound you hear is this pony galloping for the finish line.

#(*^}%$ scratch!

Did you know that JMC AutoworX offers PPG paint in a convenient touchup bottle? It’s true, and because it is PPG you know the paint is the same high quality paint that I spray on every car, truck, SUV or motorcycle that enters the JMC AutoworX shop.

Each 1oz bottle contains a mixing marble and an application brush in the child proof cap. Just shake the bottle victoriously for a few minutes, twist open the lid, and you are ready to cover that unsightly scratch or rock chip. But getting the right paint is only part of the solution when repairing a chip. Knowing how to apply the paint is just as important.

For best results touchup paint should be applied sparingly and in several coats. Don’t just slather it on … a light touch is required. After making sure the area is clean and dry, shake the bottle for one or two minutes to ensure the paint is thoroughly mixed.

Open the bottle and wipe the brush on the lip until most of the paint is removed. Lightly draw the brush along the scratch or touch it to the chip. A small amount of paint should be left behind. If no paint was left the brush was too dry and you will need to try again. If you can still see the scratch or chip after the paint is applied that is okay. It is far better to apply two, three, four or more thin coats of paint than one thick coat. For really small chips, try using a toothpick in place of the brush for better control.

Wait a couple of minutes for the paint just applied to dry slightly, then repeat the process. The idea is to build the paint up by applying several coats of paint until the new paint reaches the same thickness as the surrounding paint. Once the chip or scratch is covered, simply seal the bottle tightly for the next use. Once the touchup paint is thoroughly dry no special care is required for the repair to last the life of the car.

A bottle of touchup paint is provided with every paint repair but bottles are also available for purchase for only $9.95.

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