Category Archives: 1961 MG A
British cars have a certain style and grace all their own. This MG “A” is the very first British car I painted. The owner did a significant amount of work on this car himself and he is justifiably proud of the car.
In these pictures, taken just after I sprayed on the clear, the car looks pretty good. But this MG A is getting the full High Performance Finish treatment, so pretty good isn’t good enough.
It may shine some now, but after a wet sand and polish … yeah, now you’re talking.
If I asked you to tell me the first thing you think of when I say, “British car,” one of the things that probably comes to mind is rust. While a problem in the past, with the materials available today, rust is no longer an issue.
I sprayed Raptor Liner, the bed-liner material we use here at JMC AutoworX, on all the interior surfaces and in the fender wells. Raptor Liner forms a tough, water proof, rust proof barrier to protect the metal from damage.
Tinted red, to match the car, the Raptor Liner coating will blend in and be almost unnoticeable.
After all the dents are hammered out, the car is coated with an acid etching primer. The etching primer, which appears as a greenish-gold in these photos, bonds to the metal and gives the subsequent layers something to stick to.
The etching primer is followed by an epoxy primer, not shown in this series of photos. The epoxy primer binds to the etching primer and seals the car to prevent rust.
The epoxy primer is followed by a high builds primer. The high builds primer, which is gray, dries to a hard finish that is then sanded away by a process called blocking.
As the car is blocked, any slight ripples or imperfections in the metal are filled leaving a perfectly smooth and flat surface to paint over. It is the smoothness of this surface that allows a High Performance Finish, which this car will receive, to really pop.
The car was first sent away for media-blasting to remove the old paint to give us a good foundation for laying on the paint. Media-blasting is the process of removing paint, rust and crud by spraying tiny plastic beads against a surface with a high pressure stream of air. It is just like sand-blasting except the plastic beads don’t chew up the metal the way sand would.
The body of the car is in terrific shape. After the paint was removed we tackled the little bit of metal work this car needed.