Monthly Archives: February 2014
This week has been very busy. Yesterday Rusty came in for a new paint job. We painted this truck a little over a year ago but the owner wanted to change it up a bit. We started with sanding the entire truck. We then cleaned it all up and prepped it for paint. Once all the paint was sprayed, we sanded it all off. Kinda counter intuitive, I know, but there is a method to this madness. The goal of the owner was to duplicate the old weathered look. We didnt really sand it all off but we did strategically sand areas to make it look like it worn and old. Once we had all the areas looking like we wanted, it was cleared. Not with regular clear but a flattened clear. It will have some gloss but not a full gloss like our other cars. Tomorrow we will get it untapped and out of the booth. Pictures tomorrow should look pretty cool outside. Not our normal work here, but very cool.
We finally got a break in the action and was able to get the Chevelle in the booth today. We have been blocking on the body for a few days on and off. Yesterday we finally got it close enough to paint. We took special care to ensure the bottom of the car didnt get any overspray on it. If you remember we have already painted the frame and under side of the car. We started this paint job like all the rest. A full coat of sealer. We then sprayed 3 coats of the special blue color. We followed that with 3 coats of high solids urethane clear. Now that the body is painted, the next step will be to wait a couple of weeks to fully cure. Once that happens we will start the High Performance Finish part of this job, wet sanding and buffing. This job has really turned out great. The body on this car was very nice and straight before we even started and it really shows now.
Today we painted the Jeep. Jordan worked on the frame while Chris prepped the parts for paint. We then masked off the areas on the frame that didnt need paint and Chris laid down the semi flat black. Once that dried we put the Jeep in the booth with the hood and grill. Those parts were painted and cleared. Tomorrow we will put these parts back on and get this Jeep back together so we can get it back to the owner. I know they missed it over the snow days.
After taking a snow day on Thursday, Friday, Chris and I got right to work blocking on the Chevelle. Its been a pretty good while since we last worked on this one, but we are back on it hard and heavy. We spent most of the morning blocking out the final primer on the body. After lunch we went back over the flat area with a block one final time then we sanded over the whole body once more with a DA with a soft pad. This is to put non directional scratches in the primer. Sometimes you may see straight line scratches from blocking. The soft pad does away with these with out compromising the straightness of the panel. We then started sanding the nooks and crannies of the door jambs and window openings. We didnt quite get that done on yesterday but we should on Monday no problem. Next week is supposed to be much warmer which will be just perfect for painting this beauty. We did discover a few areas that needed a little more attention during this process, so before we left we shot a few coats of primer on those areas so Monday they will be good and dry and ready to go.