Daily Archives: October 10, 2012

Meanwhile …

While we toiled away on the El Camino for a third day, Chase broke away and shot some paint on this console from a 1965 Chevelle.

The console was in semi-rough condition, too far gone to restore properly anyway, so the owner had use grind out and smooth the ridges in the center portion then paint it a nice black to complement his interior.

This is what the console is supposed to look like, but I have to tell you, the more I look at this black, the better I like it.

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Shine me on

For the third day in a row we hammered away on this El Camino putting, a shine on the car that the owner can be proud of.

The first picture shows someone, I can’t even recall who now, wet sanding the doors. Wet sanding is a technique to remove any imperfections in the paint so that the true beauty of the paint finish can come through. There is no secret to how we produce the High Performance Finish … it just takes hard work and attention to detail.

The second photo shows the results of the wet sanding process. Wet sanding removes the tiny surface imperfections and leaves behind a glass like smoothness that when polished produces the deep rich color and razor sharp reflections that the High Performance Finish is known for.

Pictures three and four show show me, in picture three, and Chase, in picture four, polishing the doors. As you can see in the second picture, sanding paint removes not only the imperfections, it also removes every bit of the gloss. It the polishing process that puts it back. On dark cars like this one we use a three step polishing system. The first step removes the sanding marks and restores the gloss. The second steps removes the swirl marks introduced in the first polishing step. The third and final step kicks the gloss up that little bit extra that makes the paint not just pop but explode off the car.

The next three photos, numbers 5, 6 & 7, show the doors complete and ready to go back on the car.

Not only did we get the doors polished today, we also finished polishing the body of the El Camino. Picture eight shows the car after the final polishing and clean up. Not a bad shine … not a bad shine at all. I think it is safe to call that reflection a High Performance Finish reflection.

After spending most of the day on the business end of sandpaper and polisher, near the end of the day I masked off the header panel for the stripes. That’s what I am doing in picture nine. This is a task that we didn’t get to yesterday when we were painting everything else.

You can see in picture ten that yes, we did get it masked, but no, we didn’t get it painted. Oh well, I guess we will get it painted tomorrow. Where does the time go?

We’ve made tremendous progress on the Elky this week … tremendous progress. It looks we are on track to finish strong on this project, rather than with our backs to the wall like sometimes happens.

And that is a good thing.

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