Candy for the baby

Today I painted the last few pieces of the 1950 Chevrolet 5-window pickup. This truck has been in and out of the shop several times over the last year as the owner performed some of the restoration work himself. It arrived back in the shop for it’s final stay in early November. During this last visit we wired the truck, and now, we are finishing up the last few things … like painting the mirrors and tailgate.

The first two pictures show the mirrors, sanded but unpainted. Pictures three through five show the radiator cover and the tailgate etched and primed and ready for paint. The sixth picture show another part of the radiator cover, sanded and ready for paint. This part had already been painted once, but somewhere along the way it received a few light scratches in the finish. Since we were painting anyway, it was just easier to repaint it than to wet sand the scratches out.

Photos 7 through 11 are all the pieces sealed and ready to be painted. The sealer does exactly what its name says … it seals everything below it and provides a surface for the paint to stick to. The sealer is available in seven shades of gray, from nearly white to almost black. Each color has one of these seven shades specified in order to  produce the proper color. Light colored paints generally have light colored sealers. Dark paints have darker sealers. The deep rich red has a sealer that is just one step darker than dead center.

Pictures 8 through 12 show the parts after the application of the base coat, the actual color of the finish. Applied in several thin coats, the base coat dries to a nearly flat finish. It is the clear coat that provides the luster, the pop to the finish. Normally that would be the next step, but this is a candy paint job, so there is another step, the candy layer, before the clear coat is applied.

Candy colors use a specially tinted clear coat to add depth to the color. Sometimes this candy layer adds additional metal flake as well. You can see the effect the candy coat has on the paint in pictures 17 though 20. Notice how the paint picks up some additional gloss over the flat base coat finish. Though clearly visible to the naked eye, it is difficult to see in these photographs that there is also a slight shift in the apparent color of the paint as the tinted clear subtly alters the paint color.

Candy colors are difficult and expensive to get right, but when done properly, and on the right type of car or truck, there is nothing quite like them.

Pictures 21 – 26 are the finished product. After the candy color is applied, regular clear is sprayed to seal, protect and apply even more luster to the paint. Where a normal two stage paint finish, base and clear, really pops, a well done candy paint just explodes off the car with a luster and depth that can not be replicated any other way.

This reddish cinnamon candy really, really works on this truck and it will stand out in any crowd.

The last two pictures, numbers 27 & 28, are of the interior of the truck where we put down some sound deadening material. This material, the shiny silver sheets, combined with the bedliner material, the black you see peeking between the sheets, will significantly quieten this truck as it motors down the road.

In another few days the owner will be by to pickup (no pun intended) his truck for the final time and take it away for the installation of the interior. I hope me brings it back when he is done with it so I can see the finished product.

Posted on March 12, 2012, in Non-Collision Work and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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