Daily Archives: May 23, 2012
The first photo was taken at the end of the day yesterday. It shows a bit of the car in primer, but because we had to wait for the primer to dry we weren’t able to start painting until today.
The second and third photos have the car and bumper in the booth and sprayed with sealer. The sealer seals all the primers and body fillers use before and prepares the surface for paint. It also provide a consistent base color, selected from one of seven shades of gray and determined by the paint color, so that the paint will match from section to section.
The fourth photo shows the car after the base coat has been applied. The base coat is the part of the automotive finish that actually provides the color to the finish. The base coat dries to a near flat finish which is why the paint looks so dull and lifeless in the photograph.
The remainder of the photographs, numbers 5 & 6, show the car after the clear coat has been applied. Clear coat is a tough, thick, coating sprayed over the base coat to provide protection and gloss to the finish. As you can see the clear coat makes a huge difference in how the paint appears, brightening and adding some zing to the previously dull finish.
Now that the car is painted we will let the paint dry thoroughly overnight and we will begin putting it back together tomorrow. Then this bimmer, better than ever, will be ready to go home with its owner.