Something to look forward to
In the first photo you can see Chase (in black) and I wiping the car down with a strong cleaner to remove any oils or dust on the surface of the car. The epoxy primer we are putting on this car will stick to nearly anything … but just because it sticks really well to any dust or oil that might be on the car doesn’t mean the oil or dust is stuck to the car. So getting the car clean is key to good adhesion.
The next two photos, numbers two and three, show the car after the etching primer has been applied. The etching primer bonds to the bare metal of the car to ensure good adhesion of the products that follow. We don’t use etching primer much any more because the new epoxy primer we use binds to the metal surface just as well as the old etch and epoxy system did, but in this case I wanted to add just that little extra insurance in a couple of spots. Because the etching primer goes on nearly as thin as water I just felt more comfortable that it was getting into all the little cracks and crevices.
In picture three I can’t remember if I was excited about the results of the etching or I had just stubbed my toe on the car when the picture was taken.
The next two photos, numbers four and five, are of the car after the application of the epoxy sealer. The epoxy primer/sealer binds incredibly well with the etching primer underneath and provides super-tough waterproof protection against rust. These two steps, etch primer and epoxy sealer, have been combined into one product in the new epoxy primer that does the work of these two. That means less work and quicker turnaround, and that is what we use on most jobs. But sometimes you can’t beat the old tried and true method of doing things.
As good as the epoxy sealer is at keeping out water, and therefore preventing rust, there are areas on a car that need extra protection. The roof drip rails are one such area. You can see Chase (in red) and I seam sealing the rain gutters.
Seam sealer is like caulking for your car, except it is much, much tougher than your typical household calk. We apply seam sealer to all the seams in the car to prevent water from getting into the car and starting rust. I won’t say a car painted by JMC AutoworX will never rust, because never is a long time, but if a car does start to rust, the rust is going to have to work hard to find a place to start.
The last two photos, numbers seven and eight show the car with the high solids primer applied. High solids primer is like sprayable body filler and it serves the same purpose, the smoothing and filling of imperfections in the bodywork.
The car doesn’t look any different in the pictures because the color of the epoxy sealer and the high builds primer are nearly identical. In person, however, you can tell that the high builds primer is rougher with almost a grainy texture. That texture is all the good stuff in the primer that allows it to do what it does.
We will allow the car to dry over the weekend then on Monday we can start blocking on the car to begin the process of smoothing up the body work. Something to look forward to.