Daily Archives: October 18, 2012

Psst! Buy stock in a sandpaper company

While we did work on a couple of other jobs, today was once again all about the Chevelle.

The first photo show Chris (in blue) and Jordan blocking the hood with 320 grit sandpaper. This is the final sanding step before paint and is used to remove sanding marks and put the final smoothing on the panel so the paint will look its absolute best.

After preparing the hood and trunk lid for paint, the dynamic duo turned their attention to blocking the doors and fenders. These items are still in the high builds primer stage. This blocking is done with 80 grit sandpaper for faster cutting of the high builds primer. The object of this step isn’t to smooth a straight panel as they did on the hood and trunk, but rather to make the panel straight in the first place.

Blocking the high builds primer is the sanding step that will wear you out but these guys were trying to sand the other under the panel, so to speak, for bragging rights. Needless to say, they got a lot done today.

After the high builds primer had been blocked smooth, the fenders and doors went back into the booth for their final coat of primer. Pictures 3, 4 and 5 show the fenders and doors after the application of the primer. After the doors dried, we flipped them over and painted the other side. Picture six shows Chase covering one of the doors in primer. Pictures seven and eight show what the doors look like after the primer is applied.

Once the doors and fenders were dry enough to move, we moved them out into the shop so we could bring in the hood and trunk lid Chris and Jordan had blocked earlier.

The hood, picture nine, and trunk lid, picture ten, have been painted on the underside in these two pictures. I paint the underside of hoods and trunks on a lot of our cars black, regardless of the body color, because the customers seem to like them that way. There was no question that this on would be black however because, well, the car is black.

Tomorrow, after the paint dries, we will flip these panels over and paint the top side. Because this is a High Performance Finish car, and it is going to be painted black, this paint will have mirror like reflecting qualities that has to be seen to be believed. That’s not bragging, that is simply what happens when careful attention to detail meets black paint.

As Chris is fond of pointing out, “A quality paint job starts with quality sanding.” You know what … he is absolutely correct.  It doesn’t matter how well Chase or I put the paint down, if we didn’t get the sanding right the paint isn’t going to look its best.

And speaking of great sanding, take a look at picture eleven. That is the sandpaper we used just today. In case you can’t tell from the picture, that’s a lot of sandpaper.

I told you Chris and Jordan got a lot done today.

Ready to roll

First thing this morning we jumped in with both feet to get the wheels painted. We needed them painted and dry enough to handle as soon as possible so we could clear the booth for other projects.

The first picture shows one of the wheels after the application of the flat black paint. It looks a bit glossy in this photo because the paint is still wet.

The second photo shows the tires all lined up after being under the (paint) gun. For some reason every time I see this picture I think of life vests. I’m not sure why …

The third picture shows one of the wheels painted, dry, unmasked and ready to roll. The paint isn’t dead flat but the flash on the camera makes the paint look more glossy than it appears in person.

The last photo, number 4, is of the center caps.  Even though they are painted with the same paint as the wheel, the silver color underneath the paint really bounces the flash and makes them look much lighter and far more glossy than they appear in person. Seems like I just heard that somewhere …

The truck these wheels go on is a High Performance Finish truck we did a couple of years ago. I’m quite proud of that build because it tends to dominate in any show it appears. I can’t take all the credit for the way the truck turned out though because fabricator, the engine builder and the interior guy turned out some fantastic work as well.

If you want to see more of the truck, click the 1971 Chevrolet C10 Custom-Rod in the Category pane to the right … or you can click right here.

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