Daily Archives: October 31, 2012

What a blast

A few weeks ago the Plymouth was sent out for sandblasting to remove the old paint and surface rust. Today, a few of the parts came back.

The rest of the car should be following along shortly, but until then we can get started preparing these parts for primer and paint. We always do the fenders, doors, hood and trunk separately anyway so not having the rest of the car in the shop makes no difference whatsoever.

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Who wants to do some sanding?

Today we rolled the Chevelle into the booth so that we can apply the high solids primer. You can see the car after the application of the primer in these photographs.

The high solids primer is like sprayable body filler. It’s function is to fill and smooth any small ripples and imperfections in the sheet metal. The primer is sprayed on the car a fraction of an inch thick and after it dries it becomes a solid that can be sanded smooth.

The sanding process, called blocking, involved wrapping a piece of sandpaper around a semi-flexible plastic block. The block allows the sandpaper to really dig into any high areas while only lightly skimming over low areas. Most of the material that was sprayed on the car will be sanded off, but that which remains will produce a glass like smoothness that really brings out the beauty of the paint. Since this car is black, having the ulta-smooth surface will make the paint really pop.

Tomorrow the primer will be dry and ready for blocking. More sanding … I can hardly wait.

It’s déjà vu all over again

After removing the side mirrors and welding up the mounting holes, the door were ready to paint. Yesterday we got the doors primed and painted. You can see the doors fresh from painting, still in the booth, in the first two pictures.

After allowing the doors to dry over night, today we got cracking on wet sanding and polishing to return the shine to the point it was before we started hacking at the doors. You can see Chris polishing one of the door in the third picture.

The last two photos show the doors after they have been polished back to a brilliant shine. Now that the doors have had, in effect, two complete paint jobs, they are just about as protected from rust as any piece of metal can be.

The doors are going to look great with the new style windows in them. Moving the mirrors forward on the door is only going to help the look. Certainly worth every bit of the time and effort to move them.

Good as new

After another company botched the repair, a repair made in the parking lot, we have this bumper properly repaired.

The first picture shows the bumper after the base coat has been applied. The base coat is the first of two coatings that form the modern, two-stage, automotive finish. The base coat provides the color and dries to a near flat finish.

The second coating, the clear coat, is applied after the base dries. As you can see in picture two the clear coat not only provides a tough protective layer for the more delicate base coat, it also provides the gloss.

The third picture shows another section of the bumper. Though undamaged we painted these in addition to the bumper to ensure a perfect color match.

We actually painted the bumper yesterday but I forgot to post the pictures to the website until today. That’s fine because we put the bumper on the car today and the owner picked it up … and I forgot to take pictures of the car finished before it left.

That makes for a certain symmetry, don’t you think?

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