Monthly Archives: April 2015


DSCF7679 DSCF7680We took a little time this afternoon to check out the work that will be needed on the Karmann Ghia. As with most old cars, when you start really inspecting areas you find things that were previously repaired or hidden over the years. I dont think this Karmann Ghia is in bad shape, but we did find some extensive rust in the inner rockers and sub-par repair on the left fender. We plan on going over this one more tomorrow to see if we can find all the little surprises that may be in store for us.

Bring on the shine

DSCF7678 DSCF7689 DSCF7688We were able to get the Civic in the booth today. We sanded it yesterday before leaving so this morning it was ready to go into the booth first thing.We carefully masked off the areas that we didnt want to paint, then Paul sprayed sealer over the repaired areas followed by 3 coats of silver base coat. Once that was dry, 2 coats of PPG clear coat was sprayed to provide the shine and protect the base coat.Tomorrow we will reassemble the door and re-install the rear bumper. This one should be going home tomorrow.

Custom Mustang paint

DSCF7665 DSCF7664 DSCF7663 DSCF7662 DSCF7666 DSCF7668 DSCF7667We were also able to squeeze in some time today to get some parts painted on the Mustang. This car already had the black racing stripes, but the owner wanted to add the 1/4″ pin stripes as well as other custom painted stripes.You can see Chris. the master stripe taper in the booth today doing his thing. We have the body all sanded and prepped up for paint. We hope to get it in the booth and painted by the end of the week.

Karmann Ghia restoration

DSCF7655 DSCF7656This little beauty is came in today to get a full face lift as well as a few driveability upgrades. This will be a great project so stay tuned to see the transformation.

Ford truck update

DSCF7649 DSCF7647 DSCF7653 DSCF7654Great progress was made today on the hood for the ’52 Ford. The slick sand was blocked out with 80 grit paper followed by smoothing those scratches out with 180 grit paper. Once those blocking steps were complete, Chris took over and worked the bottom side of the hood. Since the bottom of the hood will be painted as nice as the top, we spent some time today making sure the body work on the bottom side looks nice as well. Tomorrow we hope to spray the final coats of primer and block it all out one final time before painting.

Civic duty

DSCF7657 DSCF7658DSCF7660DSCF7659This Civic is in the shop this week to get a battle scar repaired. We had to break out the stud gun to pull out the dents close to where the metal was supposed to be to minimize the amount of body filler.  A stud was welded to the panel with a special gun. A slide hammer grabs the studs and is used to pull the dents back out. We will be continuing the repair on this one tomorrow. Thursday, this will take its turn in the booth for paint.

Get the door

DSCF7631 DSCF7632 DSCF7633 DSCF7636 DSCF7637This Mercedes was also dropped off today to get a new door and a repair on the  left quarter. We did manage to get the door off and apart today as well as a good jump on the repair on the quarter. You can see Chris working his fingers to the bone on this quarter. A lot of ground was covered on this one today for sure.

Scratch and dent repair

DSCF7635 DSCF7634 DSCF7644 DSCF7643This Buick is in the shop to get a little road rash and a small dent fixed in the left quarter. We didnt get pictures of the rash and dent, but I did remember once it was in the booth. Chris fixed up the rash and dents this morning and Paul took over getting it masked off and sprayed this afternoon. We hope to get it put back together in the morning, cleaned up and delivered back to the owner tomorrow afternoon.

Slick sand again.

DSCF7629 DSCF7630The hood on the ’52 received a few coats of slick sand today. We have been working on the body work on this hood for the past few weeks. This truck has been used as a truck over its life and it has the battle scars to prove it. We got the body work really close and decided to put on a few coats of the super high build primer to get a few more layers to block out. If that turns out well, we will prime it once more with PPG’s urethane primer. That will then be blocked again and before its painted. Good to see this one moving along again.

What a difference!

DSCF7621DSCF7609The finished product on out two tone job. I must say, this added a touch of class and elegance to this big ole’ Ram. Huge difference between the before and after.

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