Daily Archives: March 3, 2012

Paint and body repairs are my forte

This Kia Forte arrived at the shop with a badly crumpled right front fender, a mashed front bumper and a slightly bent hood. The fender and bumper will have to be replaced, but I can mend the hood.

I forgot to take a picture of the car before it was taken apart, as seen in picture one. But if you don’t look to closely, and you’re mostly blind, you might not notice that I set the fender back on the car for the second photo.  Mmmm … no … I think even if you were mostly blind you could tell something isn’t right in the photo. Like the fender setting on the tire. And the body panel gap between the fender and door is a little wide. Just a couple of minor details to give it away. But as you can see in the photo, the fender is messed up.

OK … moving on … the last three pictures, numbers 3, 4 & 5, show the replacement fender in the shop being trimmed out. Trimming out a fender is when the paint and body guy seals and paints all the places on the fender that can’t be reached when the car is assembled. Like inside the gaps where the panels join together, which is what we are painting in these photos.

Trimming out body panels is not anything special, but this is just another technique, along with the attention to detail, we use to make sure the car looks as good after the accident as it did before.

Eeeek! A rat!

What we have here is a prime example of the classic American Rat Rod. This 1962 Chevrolet pickup hits all the major rat rod points. Big, beefy V8 motor … check. Goes like stink … check. Looks like 40 miles of bad road … definitely check. 

After spraying on the olive drab paint Thursday, yesterday we put the finishing touches on the truck by taking some of the paint off. By lightly sanding a few areas on the truck we removed the paint and left the primer underneath showing through. You can see the results of our efforts in these photos. What you can’t see in the photos is how thin the paint is in places. You can see the primer through the olive paint making the paint look that much more worn.

A couple of notes on the photos … the first photo is of Jordan sitting in the engine bay replacing the transmission dipstick with a new one to stop a leak. The fourth photo shows Mike peeling the stencil off the truck to reveal the door sign underneath. The rest of the pictures … they speak for themselves.

This truck was interesting and fun to work on. Normally the vehicles I work on look like this when they arrive … not when they leave.

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