Daily Archives: September 5, 2012

Going green

Yesterday we stripped the failing paint off this Toyota truck so that we could start over from bare metal to ensure that the paint that we put on the truck, stays on the truck.

The first three pictures show the truck after it has been masked off and the base coat applied. The base coat is the first stage of the two-stage paint system that we use at JMC AutoworX.

Two-stage paint was developed in the 1980’s to produce a tough, long lasting and beautiful automotive finish. It does this, in part, by separating the color, the base coat, from the protection and gloss, the clear coat.

The base coat is applied over the various primers and sealers we use and dries to a near flat finish. You can see in the first three photos that the paint has almost no shine at all.

The next three pictures, numbers 4, 5 & 6, reveals what happens when the clear coat, the second stage, is applied. The clear coat not only provides a super tough layer of protection for the base coat underneath but it also provides the gloss that automotive paints are known for.

The last picture, number seven, was taken after the clear coat had dried and we were able to unmask the truck and pull it outside to bask in the sun.

Now that the hood once again has some decent paint on it, the truck looks pretty good. Who says that 4×4’s can’t be green?

Some assembly required

Now that all the bits and pieces of big red are painted, it is time to start putting the truck back together. We got the replacement bedside on and finished all the various items, like lights, that don’t look like much but seems to take forever to install. The only parts left to install are the ends … the hood on the front end and the tailgate on the back end.

After the truck comes out of clean up big red will finally be ready to roll.

The final pieces

After popping into the shop on Monday to prime the hood, yesterday we got the final pieces of big red painted. You can see in the first two photos the hood and tailgate primed, sanded, masked and in the booth ready to paint.

The next two photos, numbers three and four, show the pieces after they are painted. They look a little better after having all the nicks, stone chips and road rash fixed.

The fifth picture shows the replacement inner fender up on a stand ready for paint. This inner fender was part of the collision damage on the right side of the truck, but it took until now to get the part in.

Finally, the sixth picture, shows the replacement bumper assembled and ready to go back on the truck.

By the time big red is ready to go home, it will have been in the shop a week. While no one thing was that big of job, taking the sum of the collision repair along with the customer pay job, we have painted most of this truck.

And let me tell you … big red is a lot of truck.

Strip club

It isn’t often that we have to chemical strip a car. Normally the paint, even if it looks like seven miles of bad road, is still bound to the metal of the car. Stripping the paint is reserved for paint that is failing and falling off the vehicle, and that is a somewhat exclusive club

You can see in the first photo that the paint on this Toyota truck has failed and is beginning to peel off the hood. This is unusual because modern paint and painting techniques usually insure a quality paint job … especially from the factory.

The hood isn’t the only part of this truck that needs work. You can see in the second photo the truck previously had some minor dent repairs to the right front fender. This repair, probably done years ago, also had paint that was failing but the bodywork is still solid.  We won’t need to strip this fender though we did sand off the peeling paint and will prime it in for good measure.

Stripping the paint off a vehicle isn’t that difficult, just messy. In the third photo you can see that we have coated the hood in a chemical stripper then covered the hood with plastic. This traps the stripper and allows it to work most effectively. And effective it is. After only a few minutes of the stripper working on the paint it just scrapes right off.

While the chemical stripper removed the paint, the metal still needs a touch of sanding to roughen it up so the new primer will have something to stick to. This will prevent the paint I spray on from falling off in a few years. You can see Chris sanding the hood with a DA (Dual Action) sander in picture four, roughing up the metal prior to priming.

While Chris was working on the hood, I got the fender masked off and ready for priming. You can see the fender masked so the primer goes only where I want it to go in picture five.

The sixth and last photograph shows the the fender after the primer has been applied. The primer seals and protects the repair underneath and also provides a surface that the paint can get its teeth into for adhesion.

Toyota builds quality cars and trucks, of that there is no doubt, but even mighty Toyota makes mistakes sometimes. But when JMC AutoworX paints a car, it stays painted.

I guarantee it.

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