Dip to white

Today the Oldsmobile Intrigue received its turn in the paint booth.

The first photo shows the car being partially masked before it is rolled into the booth. A lot of the masking was done outside while the booth was prepared to receive the car.

The next two photos, numbers two and three, show the car in the booth, fully masked, cleaned and ready to spray. The paint is completely flat in these photos because the entire car has been thoroughly sanded to rough up the paint so the new paint, which is about to be applied, has a surface it can stick to.

Photos four and five are of the car after the base coat has been applied. The base coat is the actual color of the finish. You can see that the paint has slightly more gloss than it did before the base coat was applied.

The reason the paint isn’t glossy is because the base coat dries to a near flat finish. The slight gloss you see in these two photos is because the base coat isn’t totally flat and because the paint is still slightly wet.

The last two photos, numbers six and seven, demonstrates the difference that the application of the clear coat makes. There are more and sharper reflections from the booth lights and the paint has much more gloss. The clear coat also provides a protective layer over top of the base coat so that the color and gloss is retained for many years.

While white isn’t a great color to show off the difference the clear coat makes because white will never have that deep, mirror like shine that dark colors will, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look good.

Because it does.

Posted on September 12, 2012, in Collision Repair and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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