Daily Archives: March 20, 2012

Saying goodbye to an old friend

After being in and out of the shop several times over the last year or so, this 1950 5-window Chevrolet pickup is ready to go home for the last time. Obviously it isn’t finished finished, but the owner will take over once again to fully finish the project.

While this truck didn’t receive the full High Performance Finish treatment, it nevertheless turned out very nice. I’m proud to put the JMC AutoworX stamp of approval on this project.

Dressed out in it’s drop-dead gorgeous red candy pearl paint, this truck can, and will, stand out in any crowd. I once had a customer exclaim that he was going to have to buy another old car for restoration just so he could have it painted this color. While that is a bit over the top, there is no doubt that this red looks fantastic on this truck.

And to keep it looking that way until the owner picks it up, I have put Roxie, the shop dog, on the lookout to make sure no rascally cats jump onto the truck and leave paw prints. You can see her on sentry duty in the first picture. She must be doing a great job because I haven’t seen any cats around.

Scratch that …

Yesterday we sanded down the scratch mark left in this Nissan Rogue by someone with too much time, too little sense, and a key. We weren’t able to get it in the booth yesterday, but today we did.

Because we were painting over good paint, this car didn’t need the normal sealer that some car do. Simply sanding the paint to rough up the clear coat so the new paint could stick is enough. The first two pictures show the Rogue after I sprayed on the base color. Not  a very attractive color is it?

Actually, it is a very nice deep red, but because the base coat has almost no gloss when it dries, the color isn’t shown to best advantage. After the base coat dries I will shoot the car with clear to perk the finish up.

The last two pictures show the same car, same paint, but what a difference the application of clear makes. Where the base coat alone is, well, dull, the clear adds not only protection, but depth and luster to the paint as well.

And yes, the rear hatch and the side really are the same color. The apparent difference in color is just an artifact of how the camera sees the paint when the flash reflects off the paint.

White out

Here is the Jeep fresh out of the paint booth. So fresh, in fact, that the paint was still a little soft when I shot these pictures, which explains why the masking tape is still on the vehicle.

Now that fender is painted back to its original gleaming whiteness, with no ugly cracks, we just have to wait while the sun finishes baking the paint dry, remove the tape, clean it up, and this rugged rig will be ready to go bashing about in the outback once again.

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