Daily Archives: January 18, 2012

Another one?!?

Odocoileus virginianus, otherwise known as the Whitetail deer, is a beautiful animal. So graceful. So athletic. And so good for business. This Rogue bumper is being painted as a replacement part for yet another customer who has hit a deer.

The first picture shows the new bumper receiving its coat of sealer. The sealing primer smooths the surface and aids in the adhesion between, in this case, the plastic bumper and the paint layers that follow. Even though factory panels are primed from the factory, I always seal them before I paint. The quality of our work is a source of pride, so I make sure they are done right the first time, every time.

The second picture shows the bumper after the sealer coat. Sealer comes in seven shades of grey, from nearly white, as this primer is, to nearly black. The light colored sealers are used under light colored paints, the darker shades under dark colors. Each color has a specific shade of sealer specified so that it produces the desired color.

The third and fourth pictures show the bumper after the color layer has been applied. The color layer is applied as several thin coats to insure full, even coverage without any runs or drips. You will notice that the paint has dried to a nearly flat finish. This is expected and normal for multistage paints. The gloss, that comes from the clear coat layer.

The last two photos show the paint in all it’s clear coated glory. The clear not only provides the protection to ensure a long lasting finish, it also provides the depth and richness to the color.

Tomorrow the owner will drop the car off in the morning, we’ll slap the bumper on it, and it should be ready to go home that afternoon or evening. Being able to get a head start on the repair like this … it really speeds up the turn around time.

Well color me red

Now that the replacement parts have arrived we could get started dressing up the nose on this Mazda.  For some reason while painting the bumper I found myself humming Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Strange that.

The first two pictures shows the bumper and hood sanded and waiting for sealer. Sealer is required as it provides the bonding between the paint layers and the bare metal, or plastic, of the new body parts. It is also part of the process of matching the color.

The sealer comes in seven shades of gray, from white to almost black. Each paint color specifies a shade of gray for the primer to insure accurate color. Each of the parts … sealer, color and clear … work together as a system to ensure accurate color time after time, no matter the surface.

The next three photos, number three, four and five, show the bumper and hood receiving the color layer. The color is sprayed on in several thin coats to prevent runs and to insure good coverage.

You will notice that the parts look quite flat. The reason the parts look so dull is because the color layer dries to a nearly flat finish. It is the clear coat layer that provides the gloss to the paint, in addition to the protection.

The last three photos show the parts after the application of the clear coat. As can be seen in these pictures, the clear coat makes a major difference in how the paint is perceived. Instead of flat and lifeless, the paint now looks rich, deep and glossy.

After the parts dry we will install them back on the car, then this car will be red-y to go back to it’s owner.

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