Daily Archives: November 15, 2012
This Mustang has a few features blacked out to personalize the car … and in the first photo you can see me re-blacking out one of those features, the embossed Mustang in the bumper.
While I worked on the lettering in the bumper, in the second picture you can see Chris installing the left tail-lamp in the car. The lamp was replaced because it was damaged in the collision.
Tail-lamps installed and bumper lettering blacked out, you can see Chase and I installing the bumper on the car in the last two photos, numbers three and four.
Tomorrow the car goes to clean up then it will be ready to go back to its owner … and since it is supposed to stop raining by tomorrow, it will stay clean for the weekend. A freshly repaired Mustang convertible and a since weekend … not a bad thing for the owner to look forward to.
JMC AutoworX, like most body shops, uses the modern two-stage paint system. The first stage, the base coat, is simply the color. It has little to no gloss and doesn’t age well in the environment. Left unprotected, the base coat would begin to deteriorate in only a few months if exposed to the elements. A good thing if you are building a rat rod but not such a good thing if you want your car finish to have some depth and gloss.
Which is where the second stage comes in. The next two pictures, numbers three and four, show what happens when the second stage, the clear coat, is applied. Notice how the color gains depth and gloss? Not only does the clear coat protect the more delicate base coat underneath, it also provides the zing! to the finish in the form of luster.
Now we just need to let these parts dry so we can handle them. After they dry we can pop the panel back on the truck, put the bumper and shell back on, and this truck will be ready for its next fishing trip.
The first photo shows Chris in the foreground and Chase in the background, working on areas where the media-blast needs help. Chris is removing paint from the cowl vents. The media-blaster covered this area because while he might have removed the paint, he would have left a 100 pounds of sand in the ventilation system … sand that we would never be able to fully get out.
Chase in the first photo, along with me in the second, are working to chip, beat, grind, or otherwise remove the seam sealer applied to the drip rails. Some shops just paint right over this sealer but we never do. Leaving the old cracked sealer in place under paint just creates a area for the paint to fail.
These are the not so fun jobs that must be done to turn out a quality product … so we just grit our teeth and grind them out.