Monthly Archives: February 2013
This work on the Rogue was actually done yesterday but SOMEONE forgot to post the pictures. Anyway, the first picture show Chris doing what he does best, sanding. After he finished that up, he prepped it for Chase. The paint booth picture is after the application of the color coat and the pearl coat but before the clear coat. The last picture is the Rogue all back together. We did have it cleaned up for the customer this morning and the owner picked it up today. Another satisfied customer.
This Armada has a few battle scars that needed to be addressed so the owner dropped it off get those taken care of today. We started by removing all of the emblems, the tail light and the wiper arm. We do this to ensure a good quality paint job just like the manufacture painted it. Next we sanded out the scratches and filled the dent. After the filler dries we block it out smooth and straighten out the low spot. We then tape up the surrounding areas to keep overspray off of areas we dont want it. A few coats of primer and a couple hours of dry time and this job is ready for the booth. After sanding the primer and the rest of the panel to be painted its time to slide it into the booth for painting. Time got away from me this afternoon so I dont have any pictures of the painting process but I did get one of it done in the booth. Tomorrow we will put this one back together and get it cleaned up and back to the customer. Not bad at all for a days work.
This Accord went hunting the other night and got one! The damage was fairly substantial but not as bad as it could have been. Chris went to work quickly on this one. The hood is getting replaced as well as the bumper and a/c condenser. A repair to the left fender will round out this repair.
Here we see Chris removing the busted up bumper. Poor fella, someone get that guy a creeper.
The repair on the left fender went smoothly. This picture shows the final layer of body filler to smooth out the wrinkles.
While the dent was getting fixed and a/c condenser was getting changed and charged, Chase trimmed out the hood. Trimming out is the process at which the inside parts of the new parts get painted their proper color.
Here is the car as we left it this evening. repaired, sanded and ready to tape up first thing. This one will be first in the booth tomorrow.
This Pontiac is getting a make over. Its a 1993 Trans Am, but its really in great condition. We are changing the hood over to a Ram Air type hood but otherwise its staying stock. We will repaint the entire car in black. Because the owner dosent want a show car and the fact this car gets plenty of drive time, we wont be completely taking it apart and painting jambs and all like we often do.
As you can see here there was a previous repair on this fender. It was pretty well done but it was done quite a few years ago and showed some signs of coming back so we dug out all the old repair material and started over with new material seen here. This is Fusor’s heat set structural repair glue. These fenders are plastic and this product works very well for these types of repairs.
The red filler on these pictures is the final filler that smooths up panels from doing the heave repair in the previous steps.
The hood pictures show Chase applying a few coats of Slick Sand to smooth out the imperfections of the fiberglass hood. We will block this out and reprime it with urethane primer tomorrow as well as prime a few other spots on the car that needed some attention.
The last 2 pictures show what the fender looked like after we dug out all the old repair material that was used from a previous repair.
And yet another parking lot victim. Most parking lot accidents happen by simply backing out of your parking place. You look left and right. All clear? BAM!! What you forgot to do was check directly behind you. But so did the other person backing out right behind you. Such is the case with this new Rogue. Luckily there wasnt much damage done. A few scratches and a couple small creases and thats it really. We started like we do most of the time, by removing the bumper. Then we started the repair process. Because bumpers are made from plastic these days, body filler is not really the best thing to use for filling small dents. However they do make fillers for plastic that works really well. See pictures 4 and 5. After we got the dents fixed we primed the bumper. Tomorrow we will block that primer out and get it painted. Gonna have to keep things moving this week. Its going to be a busy one.
Friday we were also able to get one of the Mustang fenders in final prime. Chris was able to get what body work needed to be done to this fender earlier this week and today we had a chance to prime it. We taped up the edges that we didnt want to re-prime, then Chase applied 3 final coats of urethane primer. Next step will be to block it out one more time then paint it. We have a busy week coming up so Im not sure we will be able to get any spraying done on here but we will sure try.
This Acura shows what damage a little stump can do to a car. Although we don’t have a picture of the front bumper, the left corner underneath the headlight was ripped right off, as well as the fender liner and the left rocker panel molding. Quite a bit of damage here folks. Chris got to work on getting the bumper off while I started on the fender. Chase was on another project at this time but he was able to get it painted. After the dent was straightened out, it was primed . While we waited for the primer to dry we prepped the new bumper for paint. After lunch, (we dont miss meals here at JMC) we block sanded the primer and it was Chases turn to work his magic. This color is a pearl color, or tri-stage. Which means there are 3 components to making up this color. There is the ground coat or color coat, a mid coat, or pearl coat, then clear coat. Most cars today are a 2 stage, color coat and clear coat. But some of those eye catching really vibrant colors are tri-stage colors. Extra paint, extra labor means they cost extra to repair as well. The last few pictures show it in the booth making these repairs disappear. Come Monday we will put all back together, give it a bath and the customer will be riding in style again.
Mustang Sally, a popular R &B song recorded by Mack Rice in 1965 when this car was just a few months old was just as popular as the Mustang was. This has been a busy few days we have put in on this car. Today, although we dont have pictures of it, we blocked the tops of the hood and trunk, both doors and one of the fenders. All this comes down to sore shoulders and huge piles of used up sandpaper. After we blocked the outside of all those panels we started sanding the under sides of the hood trunk and doors. We had enough time left in the day to go ahead and get the trunk and hood trimmed out. This is the color the owner chose, Candy Apple Red off of the 1966 Mustang. After we sanded these panels we put them in the booth, wiped them down with a degreasing agent. This removes dust, oil, fingerprints and all other contaminates that would effect the finish. Chase then sprayed a coat of PPG urethane sealer followed by 3 coats of red and two coats of PPG clear. The close ups show how crisp and clean they turned out. If the owner likes the color, we will proceed with the doors and flip these panels over and get them sprayed. I am really pleased with how this project is moving along. Its not too often we start the blocking process and spray color the same week. The owner should be excited to see the progress.
We had another block party today, sorry you missed it! We pulled out some parts for the 1964 Mustang and got quite a bit of work done on them. We were able to block the hood, both doors and the trunk. After we blocked them we started the body work. As you can see they were in great shape. There were a few dents but hey Jack, this car is nearly 50 years old! After the panels were straightened, we broke the primer gun out and sprayed the final prime on them. From here these panels will get blocked out again and then they will be ready for paint. A very good day on this Mustang. Smaller panels in good shape means we can move quickly and today shows it.
Yesterday we started painting the Adam 12 project car, today we finished it. Since we sprayed the white on the jambs and roof yesterday, today’s job was to mask the white so we could lay down the black. We started by setting the fine line tape where we wanted the line for the black and white to be. Fine line is a rubbery tape that has a super clean edge so we get sharp crisp edges. We also fine lined the edges around the rockers and the quarters. Once we got all the taping done it was time to spray the black. This took us up until lunch. After we ate, we untapped the roof and jambs and cleared it all. The clear coat is where all the protection and gloss comes from. In a few days we will start the wet sanding and buffing process for the body. This process will make the surface even more glossy than now. It will remove all the orange peel and leave the surfaces extremely flat and smooth. This project is coming together and finally starting to look like something. Well, a police car to be exact.