A trip to the shops
The first two photos, taken yesterday, show the work performed to repair the dent. We sanded and filled the dent with body filler and then sanded the filler smooth. Body filler, popularly known by the trade name Bondo, is the perfect tool for repairing these small shallow dents. Properly used body filler will last the life of the car while saving the customer time and money.
Where yesterday was spent repairing the dent, today was spent hiding the repair. The third picture shows the 4Runner in the booth, masked, cleaned, and ready to spray.
The fourth photo shows the car after the sealer has been applied. The sealer is used to seal the surface and to provide the paint a surface for good adhesion. The color of the sealer is specified by the paint color and will range in color from nearly white to almost black in seven shades of gray. The color used on this 4Runner is at the darkest end of the scale.
Pictures five and six show the car after the application of the base coat, the color layer of the cars finish. The base coat dries to a near flat finish, as shown in the photos. Because of the location of the repair, this truck required blending of the paint so that the repair cannot be detected.
The human eye is very sensitive to changes in color … so long as the colors are placed next to one another with a clear and sharp line separating them. It is near impossible to mix two batches of paint and achieve an exact color match, but so long as the two colors are very close to the same color, blending the paint denies the eye that sharp and clear line and tricks the eye into seeing one color.
The last two photos, numbers seven and eight, shows what happens to the drab base coat once the clear coat is applied. The clear coat makes all the difference in the world, providing not only protection to the base coat beneath, it also provides the sizzle and pop that makes the automotive finishes some of the most beautiful paint in the world.
The paint will dry overnight in the booth, then tomorrow we will slip the door handles back on the doors and this truck will be ready for another trip to the shops. Hopefully only for purchases and not for repairs this time.