Daily Archives: January 17, 2012

A noseable improvement

After hitting a deer, this Sentra need some help. The grille and fender were pretty badly mangled and the right fender was tweaked out of position.

Today the new hood arrived so we got to work putting the car back right. The first picture shows the car taped off for spraying then primed. The primer is used to aid with color matching and to provide adhesion for the color and clear coats to follow.

Pictures two and three are the car after the color is applied. The color looks flat because, well, it is. The color layer dries to a nearly flat finish … it is the clear coat that provides the gloss.

You notice that the left (drivers side) fender is also painted even though it wasn’t damaged. That is so we could blend the color from the new paint into the old. The human eye can see very subtle differences in color if the two colors are right next to each other. Since it is nearly impossible to match a color exactly, blending the two colors together, the old and new, prevents the eye from detecting the oh so slight differences. It’s an old technique, but still effective.

The last two pictures show the car after the application of the clear coat. Now the true beauty of the color can be seen because the gloss adds depth to the color making it pop.

After the paint dries overnight the car will be ready to leave the booth to make room in the booth for the other car that needs a nose job.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (Greek: ῥίς rhis, nose + πλάσσειν plassein, to shape), also known as a nose job, is a procedure for correcting and reconstructing the form, restoring the functions, and aesthetically enhancing the nose.
–from Wikipedia

What we have here is a Mazda 3 that had a run in with a deer. Literally. Bent up the hood pretty good and mangled the front bumper.

After we put a new hood and bumper on it and get everything painted to match, the car will be right as rain again.

And like any good surgical procedure, those who don’t know, would never suspect anything had been done.

Say … is it me … or does anyone else have a feeling of déjà vu?

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty (Greek: ῥίς rhis, nose + πλάσσειν plassein, to shape), also known as a nose job, is a procedure for correcting and reconstructing the form, restoring the functions, and aesthetically enhancing the nose.
–from Wikipedia

What we have here is a Nissan Sentra that had a run in with a deer. Literally. Bent up the hood pretty good and tweaked the fender on the right side some, though it is hard to tell in these photos.

After we put a new hood and grill on it, get the fender straightened out, and get everything painted to match, the car will be right as rain again.

And like any good surgical procedure, those who don’t know, would never suspect anything had been done.

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