Monthly Archives: June 2014
Yesterday and today we spent a big portion of time buffing out the ’71 Chevelle. Jordan and I blocked out the body with 1000 grit sandpaper to remove the orange peel and get the surface as flat as possible. Once that step was complete we hand sanded the body again with 2000 grit paper. This step is to remove the 1000 grit scratch and leave a 2000 grit scratch. Once that was complete we went back over it one more time with 3000 grit on a DA sander. This step really helps save a bunch of time with the buffer. Speaking of buffing, this is where Chris took over. He started out with a medium cut compound to remove all the sanding scratches. Once those were out, he switched to a polishing compound that brings the shine back and removes the fine swirls left over from the first step. After that, its gone over one more time with an ultra fine polish with the buffer then a final hand polish to finish it off. All these steps really make the color pop and the shine is now a mile deep. Going the extra mile really makes all the difference.S
This is the little Z3 BMW that we have been working on. Last week we were able to get it painted up for the customer. No, this isnt the factory color for this Z, this is a 3 stage pearl job. The owner wanted to jazz it up a little and chose a Toyota pearl white to make this one stand out a bit from the rest. We started out by sealing the entire car with white sealer. We followed that up with 4 coats of white paint and 4 coats of pearl on top of that. Once that was dry, we sprayed on 2 coats of high solids clear coat to seal the color up and provide the shine. We have a few things to put back on this car before its ready to go back home. The owner will finish putting this one back together once we are finished.
The past few days Chris has been working diligently on the doors and fenders for the ’67 Chevelle. We painted these parts a few weeks ago and now its time to go the extra mile for the High Performance Finish. We started by blocking these panels out with 1000 grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth flat surface. We then switched to 2000 grit paper to make the buffing a little easier. Then 3000 on a dual action sander to speed the buffing process up even more. These extra steps are what it takes to provide our customers with the ultimate in gloss and depth. Just take a look for yourself.
This Impala belongs to one of our repeat customers. Its in the shop to get the dash painted the correct color. When the owner bought the car, the dash had been painted gloss black. The new owner didn’t like that very much so he asked us to paint it back the way it was supposed to be. Here you can see the factory style look he was going for. It really looks better flat and it greatly reduces the glare on the windshield during night time driving. We had our glass guys re-install the windshield today to finish out the job.
After weeks of working on late model Mustangs, it was nice to work on a little GM iron. This LS6 powered Camaro belongs to the son of one of the Mustangs we have worked on in the past few months. We joke and tell him he is obviously the one who got all the brains in the family. Its all in good fun, but it works up the dad a bit. Anyway, he wanted to get the scoop on the hood painted black and a few other custom touches on here while we had it in the shop. We started by removing the hood and prepped it for paint like always. Once it was ready, we put it in the booth and sprayed a few coats of red over the front to fill in a few battle scars. Once that dried we masked off the scoop area to paint it black. We then pulled off the paper and sprayed 2 good coats of urethane clear coat. Tomorrow we will reinstall the hood and get the finished pictures.