Daily Archives: June 13, 2012

Painting the bug

After we sanded the primer smooth on this bug, it was time to get some color on it.

The first picture shows the bug sitting in the lot. The primer has been sanded and if you look closely at the drivers door, you can see that the door has been sanded as well. This is because we will blend the repair at the front into this door to disguise the fact that a repair has been made.

Blending is a technique to hide slight differences in paint color. No matter how carefully you mix paint, it is very difficult to get an exact match in the color. That’s a problem because the human eye is very good at seeing different colors, even if the difference is very slight. But, thankfully, the eye can only see the color difference if there is a hard line dividing the colors, such as at the door of this bug. By painting into the door and feathering the color from the new to the old, the eye is denied that sharp line an therefore cannot see any slight differences in paint color.

The next four pictures, numbers 2-5, show the various pieces of the bug in the booth to be painted. Pictures six and seven are of the completed fenders. Painted and cleared, they look much better than the mangled fender that came off the car.

There is a bit more painting to do and some reassembly of course, but then this battered bug won’t be so battered anymore.

Body filler 1 … deranged money 0

Today was all about smoothing up the bodywork  on this BMW. Yesterday I had written how the car looked as if a deranged monkey had been at it with a ball-peen hammer. Today, after a lot of sanding, all those little dents have been smoothed away.

The first photo shows the replacement front bumper receiving some expert ministrations. This is a used bumper so it needed a little attention to clean up some minor problems. This is typical of used parts and is all part of the process.

The second photo shows the filler applied to the right side of the car. Some of the spots of filler are quite large, but that is only because they are covering several small dents. It’s quicker and easier to smooth one large area than several small ones. You will also notice in the photo that the rocker panel, the area below the door, has a sizable dent in it. That panel will be replaced rather than pulled, filled and smoothed.

The last four photos, numbers 3-6, show all the various places on the car sanded smooth. Pictures three and four show the right side and right quarter panel blocked smooth. Picture five shows the same treatment on the trunk lid and picture six shows the left side A pillar all smooth out.

Because very nearly every panel on this car has been either repaired or replaced, this car will be painted in its entirety. That makes it easy for me because when I paint the entire car I don’t have to worry about matching the existing paint.

The repair on this car has been going on for long time. Not surprising considering how much repair work had to be done. But now that we are down to smoothing out dings and dents, that means it is getting close to finished.

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