I knew it would come to this
Today we began the preparation work to paint this 1970 pro-street Camaro. Weeks ago the car was delivered to the shop for a little rust repair, touch-up and a wet sand and polish. Then the owner wanted to repair bolt holes and repaint the inner fenders to better show off the beast of an engine.
Next we, meaning the owner and I, were discussing a new stripe color to reduce the contrast between the vivid blue and the white as the owner prefers solid color cars. Now, as you can see in these pictures, we are performing a full on repaint. This car is in fantastic shape and all it really needs is a good sanding to get it ready for the new paint.
The first three pictures show the car after we have buzzed over the car with the DA (Dual Action) sander. Doing this roughs the paint slightly so the new paint has something to get it’s teeth into for good adhesion. The quarter panels are primed where the spoiler has been removed for painting. Because the glass is out of the car we masked up the opening to keep the sanding dust out.
In the fourth photo we are baking dry the primer we sprayed on the deck lid where a spoiler was removed. After painting the spoiler will be reinstalled. The spoiler is removed prior to painting so that we can paint the spoiler as a separate piece which will allow the spoiler to be removed in the future, if necessary, without damaging the paint.
The last two photos are of the car after it has been rubbed down with a Scotch-Brite. The Scotch-Brite, basically a very tough pot scrubber, along with a soupy abrasive, further refines the paint after sanding. This leaves the paint rough enough to allow the new paint to adhere but blends away any sanding scratches on the car.
Now that the hard work is done, the next step is to roll the car into the booth, mask it up, and shoot some paint.