Daily Archives: May 2, 2012
Now that the paint on the doors has dried, it is time to put some High Performance Finish magic on them. The first photo show one of the doors, painted yesterday, after Mike finished wet sanding it. Not a good look is it?
The second and third photo shows Mike working away at the door with the polisher. The polisher works like wet sanding, smoothing the paint and removing the fine scratches left by the wet sanding process. Starting with a polishing compound that is somewhat aggressive and ending with one that is very mild, the true beauty of the paint is slowly revealed.
The end result of all this sanding and polishing is shown in the fourth photo. Look carefully at the reflections of the building. Notice how crisp and sharp the edges are? That razor sharp crispness is the result of the wet sand and polish process.
While Mike labored away on the doors, I painted the tops of the hood and trunk. You can see the results of my handy-work in the last three photos. This completes the painting of the Chevelle parts, the fenders, doors, trunk lid and hood, leaving only the body to be painted.
Like the fenders and doors before them, the hood and trunk, then later the body of the car, will get the same wet sand and polish treatment to reveal the true beauty that is hidden in the paint. The beauty that is the High Performance Finish.
There is only one sure cure road rash … paint. All cars, at least those that are drive, receive some damage from debris from road. It can be as mild as a slight dulling of the paint to numerous chips and pecks in the paint. Most people just live with the mild damage, but severe cases and detract significantly from the appearance of your car. Such is the case with this Altima.
The hood and a portion of the had significant marring from road debris. Enough so that the owner wanted to have it repaired. So like all repairs in the paint and body business, it started with a through sanding.
These two pictures show the car after we sanded the hood and roof to smooth out the picks, pecks and dings in the paint. The sanding process also roughs up the remaining paint so the new paint can sink its teeth in for a good bite.
After we lay down a new coat of paint all this damage will be completely healed up. I bet there are a lot of people out there that wish it were as easy to heal up the human equivalent.