Daily Archives: July 6, 2012

Step one

Among the other things going on in the shop today, we also spent some time sanding on the El Camino that arrived yesterday. A few weeks ago we sanded, epoxied and applied a bed-liner to the bottom of the car for rust protection and sound deadening. Today we did the sanding part so we can do the same to the interior.

The first two pictures show what we started with. Kelly and Josh Murphy, the father son team of Murphy Rod & Custom, did a fantastic job repairing the floor, but it still needs some sanding to rough the metal before I can apply the epoxy sealer. The second photo shows the nasty “fuzz” that GM use to spray on the underside of their roofs … for noise abatement I guess.

The first task was to scrape all that stuff off the roof. It isn’t hard work, but it is dirty work with the stuff falling everywhere. After scraping the roof clean it was just a matter of sanding, sanding, and more sanding.

The last four pictures, numbers 3-6, show the results of the sanding … sort of. The results of the sanding are easier to see with the naked eye than in these photos, but in effect what we did was remove most of the surface rust while at the same time roughing the metal so the epoxy sealer will stick.

There is still a huge amount of work to be done to this car, but every journey starts with a single step. This is that step.

That’s better too

While we were painting the BMW and sanding on the El Camino, we also managed to squeeze in getting the bumper back on this Nissan Frontier. This was the truck that had a mangled front bumper, but the bumper was the only thing damaged.

A coat of paint, a quick install, and this truck looks a lot better than it did when it arrived also.

That’s better

This F150 arrived at the shop a few days ago, slightly damaged from a run in with a deer. The truck needed a new bumper and air conditioning condenser. For some reason this repair sort of slipped through the cracks, web site wise, so the first post about the tuck is also the last.

But trust me … it looks better than it did when it arrived.

Silver streak

Today, after much work by not only JMC AutoworX, but other shops in the area as well, this BMW Z3 is finally painted. This poor little car had been near fatally damaged in a crash, but through the efforts of talented and dedicated professionals, this car finally looks like something again.

The first four pictures show the car after the application of the base coat. The base coat is the actual pigmented paint that gives the car its color. It is sprayed on in several thin layers to ensure full coverage, to hide all the bodywork and primer underneath, and to prevent runs.

The photographs show how the base coat dries to a near flat finish, which is normal for the two stage paint process. The first stage, the base coat. provides the color. The second stage, the clear coat, provides the protection and the kazing! of the finish.

After the base is thoroughly dry it is cleaned with a tack cloth to remove any contaminants that may have settled on the paint before we apply the clear coat. A tack cloth is simply a lint free cloth treated with a chemical to make it slightly sticky. As the cloth is wiped over the car any dust or other environmental contaminants stick to the cloth and are removed from the car. You can see Chase tacking the car in the fourth photo.

The last four pictures, numbers 5-8, show the car after the application of the clear coat. The clear coat not only brings up the luster of the paint, it also provides a tough layer of protection for the base coat beneath. It is the clear coat that is the secret sauce of modern car paints, providing not only protection, but beauty as well.

The car will be left to dry over the weekend, then next week we will paint the bumpers and mirrors. After that the car will be ready for final assembly.

Even though this car has been a group effort involving several shops in the area, it has turned out quite nice. This little BMW is almost ready to be nothing but a silver streak again.

But let’s hope the driver avoids the trees this time around.

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