Daily Archives: January 3, 2012

It tis but a scratch

This bumper off a Hyundai Sonata is in for a touch up to remove a scrape. The bumper itself wasn’t even damaged, just scuffed up a bit. So, to make it better, I scuffed it some more with sandpaper then sprayed it down with primer. That’s the light gray in the first photo.

Primer servers two purposes … it protects metal from moisture and rust, which isn’t a concern on this plastic bumper, but it also give the remaining layers something to stick to.

The second photo show the bumper after the urethane sealer is applied. The urethane sealer is another type of primer, used to seal all the surfaces below it, provide adhesion for the color layer, and is part of the color matching process for the paint.

The urethane sealer comes in seven shades of grey, from very light, an almost white, to very dark, an almost black. Each paint color specifies one of these seven shades of grays to provide a specific color match. The sealer also covers and evens the base color so the paint doesn’t have a splotchy appearance.

The last photo shows the finished bumper after the paint and clear has been applied. Once the paint dries this bumper will be ready to reattach to the car.

And the scratch? I guess you can scratch that chore off the to do list.


If the heart and lungs of an automobile are the engine and drive train, then the wiring is the nervous system. It makes sure signals are passed to the various parts of the vehicle so the correct things happen at the correct time in the correct order.

Today we continued hooking up the nervous system in this 1950 Chevy truck. It’s not hard work, but it is tedious. Just as it would be unfortunate to slap yourself in the face every time you tried to blink your eyes, you don’t want the horn honking every time you stepped on the brakes. So care must be taken to ensure that all the wires are run to their proper places. It would really stink to have to pull the wires out after you have run them to the wrong place.

We use only American Autowire harnesses at JMC AutoworX because I have never once had a problem with one of their kits. This truck is getting a harness from the modified restoration series of harness. The modified restoration harnesses are designed to replace and update the harnesses in these older vehicles, providing additional circuits for modern amenities such as power windows and locks, air conditioning, modern stereos and other more recent developments.

New paint, new motor, new interior … and now new wiring. Why, this 1950 Chevy isn’t an old truck at all. It’s, well, new.

A dinged Durango

This Dodge Durango needed a little touching up after an unfortunate incident on the road. No matter how hard people try, two objects simply cannot occupy the same space at the same time. At least not without consequences.

The first photo shows Jordan buzzing off the paint in one of the dinged up areas of the fender. The second photo shows one of the dents up close. As you can see, they are not bad dents, but not something you want on your car.

The Third photo shows the dents filled with a layer of body filler. Body filler is ideal for filling in these little dents. After the filler is sanded smooth and blended into the metal it restores the lines of the panels at a far lower cost than an replacement panel or the time and cost it would take to pound the small dent out.

The last photo shows the fender after the primer is applied. The primer seals the fender  to protect against rust and gives the paint something to bite into for good adhesion. Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time today to allow the primer to dry and still have time to spray the paint. So paint and clear, that will be tomorrow.

Think of today as healing the wound. Tomorrow … tomorrow we take off the band-aid.

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