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Under the hood

Yesterday we painted the underside of the hood on this Roush Mustang hood so that the bottom  looks as glossy and nice as the top.

After the paint dried overnight we installed the hood back on the car this morning. Now, when the hood is up, the the hood will be as beautiful as the heart it covers.

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White out #3

The third item painted today was this front bumper off a Hyundai Azzera that the owner wanted painted. They brought me the bumper, I painted it, and tomorrow they will take away to install themselves.

It feels like I have been painting white parts all day. Wait, I guess I have. But not the same white. Oh no, that would be too easy. Even though the whites all look the same in these photos, each piece was a different color … the Charger was different than the Roush, and they both were different than this Hyundai.

I never knew snow blindness was an occupational hazard in the painting business.

White out #2

Back in April a Roush Mustang came into the shop in the need of a touch up. I guess the customer was happy with the results because he is back. This time he wanted the underside of the hood to shine as nicely as the top side. I think we can help with that.

We masked off the top of the hood, the underside as it appears in the pictures, then we painted it. You can see the hood before we started painting in the first photo. The paint is near flat because it only has the base coat, but even that isn’t applied thick enough to fully cover.

The second photo shows me applying the sealer. Because the car is white, this sealer is the lightest of the seven available shades of gray and appears to be white in the photograph, but it is really a very light gray.

The sealer seals the surface below it and provides a surface that promotes paint adhesion. Each paint color specifies one of these seven shades of gray for consistent color.

After the sealer comes the base coat, not seen in these photos, which provides the color for the car. As you saw in the first photo, the base coat dries to a flat, or near flat, finish. But the owner of this car wanted a higher gloss finish than that, so we added the kerpow!, the cleat coat. You can see the the effect the clear coat has on the finish in the third and last photo. It brings out the zing of the finish, adding the depth and sparkle that people expect from a cars finish.

We will let this paint dry a bit, then we will trundle it out to finish drying in the shop to make room for the next item in the booth.

Not getting older … getting better

This Roush Mustang, in the shop for a Touch Up Grande, is ready to go out and strut it’s stuff. All the little dings, the road rash if you will, has been touched up and it looks good. Especially considering it is 10 years old.

But like wine and cheese … some things just improve with age.

Just a touch, please

Most people do one of two things with their car. They either touch up the road rash, the little pecks that you get in your cars paint, themselves … or they do nothing. But every now and again I get a car where someone wants a “professional” touch up. This Roush Mustang is one such case.

While to call the car beat up would be a huge stretch, like all cars that people actually get out, drive and enjoy, it has collected a few pecks in the paint from rocks and other debris being kicked up off the road. The owner wanted them fixed … fixed beyond the typical owners touch up.

The first two pictures show the chipped places sanded and smoothed. This is so when the new paint is spotted on it will smooth into the existing paint without the tell-tale bump of paint over paint. The last two are the sanded areas primed.

Tomorrow we will shoot the paint, blending the areas just like on a regular repair. So this job is more than a typical touch-up, but less than a full on repair since I didn’t really repair anything.

I’m not sure what to call this type of job. Professional touch-up? Touch-up pro? I know … Touch-Up Grande.

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