Category Archives: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Starting its life as drag car, this Camaro has been redone and now enjoys life as a cruiser. With less than 20,000 original miles and with all original sheet metal, glass and interior, this is one of the nicest Camaro’s you are likely to find.
Resplendent in its Liquid Red paint and famous nose stripe, this 40 year old beauty is standing tall, fresh from its make over in the JMC AutoworX shop.
They sure don’t make ’em like this any more.
The paint looks pretty good after the clear is applied, setting here in the paint booth, but after a wet sand and buff to turn this good finish into a High Performance Finish, it will look even better.
The steps are the same has always, acid etching primer to bond to the metal and to provide a surface for the remaining layers to stick to, epoxy primer to seal the car and high build primer to provide that ultra smooth surface required for a mirror like finish.
You can see each of these steps in this series of photographs. The etching primer is visible in the first two photos as a gold color.
The epoxy primer can be seen as the black color in the third photo.
Finally the gray high builds primer is visible in the last three photos.
After the car is sanded to remove any imperfections in the metal, it will be time for the big payoff … paint.
The first photo shows a bare metal door. To ensure that all subsequent layers adhere properly, the metal is treated with an acid etching primer that bonds to the metal and provides a surface that the primers can stick to. The etching primer can be seen as the golden color in the second photograph.
After the etching primer comes the epoxy primer, seen as black in the third photo. Epoxy is a glue, and this primer is designed to stick to the etching primer, seal the car against moisture to prevent rust, and to provide a bonding surface for the next layer.
The last two photos show the high builds primer. The high builds primer function is to fill and smooth any small imperfections so the paint is laid on a perfectly smooth surface to give that ultra high gloss look that everyone likes so well. Most of the high build primer will be sanded away leaving only small amounts here and there as filler for the waves and ripples in the car’s metal.
Take these fenders, hood and trunk lid as an example. The metal is first etched with an acid etching primer to bind to the metal so following layers have something to stick too. This is the gold colored coating in the first pictures.
Over the etching primer we spray an epoxy primer to seal the car to protect the metal from rust. This is the black coating you see on the hood and fender.
The epoxy primer is followed by a high build primer, the gray primer in the last set of pictures, which fills any tiny imperfection and ripples in the metal to provide that perfectly flat and smooth surface for the paint.
All this preparation is expensive, time consuming, and down right hard work, but it is the only way to produce a finish that goes beyond merely good to become great, and is durable to boot.
This 1968 Camaro SS is something special. With less than 30,000 original miles and perfect original sheet metal, you don’t find a car like this just every day. Prepping this car for paint will involve a media-blast and prime … and not much else.
Here the car is back from having its paint removed by media-blasting. Media-blasting uses tiny plastic beads propelled by high pressure air as a gentle abrasive to remove paint and rust. The concept is the same as sandblasting, but the plastic beads are far less damaging to the metal surface than sand would be.