Daily Archives: May 31, 2012

Play it again, Sam

I have mentioned several times that JMC AutoworX stands behind our work 100%. We take pride in our work and if something isn’t right, we will make it right. That is our guarantee and we mean it … no mealy mouth weaseling here.

Back in 2009 we painted this spoiler as part of the restoration project on Rufus’ 1968 Camaro. For some reason the primer didn’t adhere properly to this fiberglass spoiler. I can’t tell if it was substandard preparation on our part or a failure of the product itself. In the end, it doesn’t matter. Rufus wanted it fixed. I wanted it fixed. There is no way I am going to let the paint just fall off something I painted. No way, no how, not on any day. I told Rufus to bring it back and I would paint it again, on the house of course. He did, I am … and I bet it won’t fall off again.

I know everyone makes mistakes, but that doesn’t mean I have to like them. And when I do make a mistake, you can bet your last dollar that no one is more interested in making it right than I am. No one …

White out #3

The third item painted today was this front bumper off a Hyundai Azzera that the owner wanted painted. They brought me the bumper, I painted it, and tomorrow they will take away to install themselves.

It feels like I have been painting white parts all day. Wait, I guess I have. But not the same white. Oh no, that would be too easy. Even though the whites all look the same in these photos, each piece was a different color … the Charger was different than the Roush, and they both were different than this Hyundai.

I never knew snow blindness was an occupational hazard in the painting business.

White out #2

Back in April a Roush Mustang came into the shop in the need of a touch up. I guess the customer was happy with the results because he is back. This time he wanted the underside of the hood to shine as nicely as the top side. I think we can help with that.

We masked off the top of the hood, the underside as it appears in the pictures, then we painted it. You can see the hood before we started painting in the first photo. The paint is near flat because it only has the base coat, but even that isn’t applied thick enough to fully cover.

The second photo shows me applying the sealer. Because the car is white, this sealer is the lightest of the seven available shades of gray and appears to be white in the photograph, but it is really a very light gray.

The sealer seals the surface below it and provides a surface that promotes paint adhesion. Each paint color specifies one of these seven shades of gray for consistent color.

After the sealer comes the base coat, not seen in these photos, which provides the color for the car. As you saw in the first photo, the base coat dries to a flat, or near flat, finish. But the owner of this car wanted a higher gloss finish than that, so we added the kerpow!, the cleat coat. You can see the the effect the clear coat has on the finish in the third and last photo. It brings out the zing of the finish, adding the depth and sparkle that people expect from a cars finish.

We will let this paint dry a bit, then we will trundle it out to finish drying in the shop to make room for the next item in the booth.

White out #1

The replacement bumper and bumper support beam for the Charger arrived today, so in they went for paint. The first two photos show the parts in the booth prepped and ready to paint.

The next two photos show the bumper after the paint has been applied. I neglected to get a picture of the bumper support, but it is painted as well.

Once the car comes back from having the dent pulled out on the frame machine it will just be a matter of reinstalling these freshly painted pieces and this car will be ready to go.

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