Daily Archives: January 22, 2013
Today we painted the front bumper on this RX 8. Like some other import auto manufacturers, their bumpers are sold in raw plastic. This means they have no primers on them from the factory. Special care MUST be taken when painting raw plastic plastic parts. PPG has developed a 3 step system that ensures paint properly sticks to these raw bumpers. The first step is to sand the bumper with a special sponge that has been treated with a product that properly cleans the bumper. Step 2 is a pre-moistened towel that ensures all the contaminants are off the bumper. The third step is a spray that acts almost like a glue that bites into the plastic then the paint bites into the spray. This system has never failed on me when it comes to painting these bumpers. If you ever paint one with out using this system, you will only do it once.
Yesterday we painted the inside of the doors for the Satellite. You may remember that this car will be transformed into an Adam 12 replica police car. Today we flipped the doors over and painted the top sides of them. Later this week we hope to get them buffed out. The first picture shows the door sanded and ready to be taped up for paint. The second and third picture shows Chase applying the sealer for the doors. This product ensures we have good adhesion. Next we have the color going on. The last few pictures show the top sides of the doors after spraying the color or base coat color then finally the clear coat. The clear is the product that gives the base coat the protection it needs and the gloss and shine.