Phew, what a work out. Chris and I started blocking out the body on the Camaro this morning. We used our tried and true 3 step method of 1000 then 2000 then 3000 grit steps. Then we started the buffing process. I know my shoulders will feel it tomorrow. The pictures of the car wet but with dull paint is what the clear looks like after sanding it. The purpose of this step is to remove the orange peel. This is going the extra mile. This is what makes paint really shine and POP! You can see this in the picture of the two meat heads in the reflection. Now that this is done its time to start putting it all back together. From here on out, each step will be looking more and more like a car. We did put the bulk head in and installed the dash vents for the a/c. Next week we should have the doors, fenders, trunk, engine installed.
Today we did a little wet sanding and buffing on the Camaro parts. Here we have the hood. Chase blocked it out with 1000 grit paper to smooth out what little orange peel was there and to smooth the unevenness of where the stripes are. Then he hand sanded the panel with 2000 grit paper. Once that was done, he went over the panel with 3000 grit paper on a DA sander. This makes buffing much easier. The buffing steps are very similar. Chris took over at this point so Chase could paint a bumper for a Lexus that will show up in the next post. Chris started with a heavy cutting compound and a white buffing pad. This step removes all the heavy scratches. Then he switched to a polishing compound to bring the shine back up. After that step he went over it with a very fine polishing compound to remove the swirl marks. After all this, a good hand polish to put the finishing touches on it. We also were able to get the buffing on the trunk done today as well, but we didnt get any pictures of that.
We spent all afternoon wet sanding and buffing the Mustang. We started by blocking the clear coat with 1000 grit sand paper. This assures that the paint is as smooth and flat as possible. Next we switch to 2000 grit paper, then we do a final sanding with 3000 grit on the DA sander. That makes buffing the paint back up to a shine much easier and faster. With buffing, we use a three step process as well. First we start with a heavy cut compound with a white pad. This step is the step that removes all of the sanding scratches. Next we switch to a grey buffing glaze with a black pad. This step removes the light buffing swirls from the first buffing step. Lastly we go over the panels with a blue pad and blue polishing glaze. Yes, its a bunch of steps and it takes quite a bit of time, but the results are worth it.
Hahaha good one Chase! Now we can say you helped!!
Back in the saddle! Today we were able to get this left door wet sanded and buffed in between our collision work and the Adam 12 car. This Mustang is getting our High Performance Finish so we go the extra mile to make sure the gloss is as good as can be. First we block sanded the door with 1000 grit paper to flatten out all of the orange peel. This process makes the panel flat as can be so the reflection will be sharp and crisp. Next we sanded the panel with 200o grit paper. This step is to smooth out the 1000 grit scratches to speed up the buffing process. The last step is to go over the panel with 3000 grit paper on a DA sander for the only purpose of making the buffing steps quicker. Buffing starts with a heavy cutting compound to quickly remove the sanding scratches. The next step is to buff the panel with a milder compound to remove the buffing scratches in the first step. Lastly we do a super fine buffing to ensure their are no swirl marks left in the panel at all from the buffer. As you can see from the pictures it came out pretty slick.
Friday we were able to get the wet sanding on the Satellite wrapped up. Today we got a great start on bringing the shine back. We got to step 2 before running out of time today. Our first step on buffing is to use a heavy compound to cut the sanding scratches. Then we switch to a milder cutting compound to remove the swirls from the first step. This is were we stopped. Tomorrow we will go over this again with a very mild polishing compound to remove the buffing swirls. Then finally we hand polish it to finish it off. Tomorrow these quarters will look like a mirror.
D-Day! Today the owner picked up the Trans Am. She was very pleased with the results. We even pleasantly surprised her with the custom Trans Am logo and bird on the back. We went out on a limb and changed it up some from the factory color which was red. You can see the results in the 3rd and 4th pictures. All in all the car turned out pretty good.
Monday we painted some parts on the Mustang. Today we wet sanded and buffed them out. We were also able to get the interior of the doors painted. The interior of the Mustang is semi-flat black. We started wet sanding the parts with a block and 1000 grit paper. The block is used to flatten out the clear. This gives you the super slick look. After the 1000 block, we hand sanded the panels with 1000 grit. Once that was done, we hand sanded with 2000 grit paper. This is to smooth out the 1000 grit scratches. After that, we wet sanded the panels with 3000 grit paper on a dual action sander. The purpose of all this is to make the buffing much easier. When these parts get buffed, they also go through 3 steps. The first step is the cutting step. We use a heavy cutting compound that removes all the sanding scratches but does leave buffing scratches in their place. These are taken care of by the next step. A mild polishing compound is used next to remove the cutting scratches. Finally the third step smooths away swirl marks left by the previous one. A hand polish finishes out the High Performance Finish. The last picture shows the results of all this time consuming hard work.
While Chris was working on the Kia, Chase was busy adding even more shine to the trunk lid that he painted on Friday. Make no mistake, that trunk was beautifully painted and would have looked great on any car. But this isnt just any car. This car is getting a High Performance Finish, so we are going the extra mile. Chase first started off by block sanding the trunk with 1000 grit paper, he then switched to 2000 grit paper. After that he went back over that with 3000 grit paper. Then the buffing process starts. He uses a heavy cut compound first to remove the heavy scratches. Then a mild cut compound to even further cut scratches. After that a super fine polishing compound to ensure a super glossy mirror like reflection. Just check out that picture of Chris. Pretty sharp!
This Audi has exhausted its stay here at the shop. Tomorrow it gets to go back home. We have been very busy this week. Between a full week of work and getting 2 hot rods ready for the car show on Friday we are all pooped. Anyway, enough with all that, today we installed the bumper, grill and headlights. We also buffed out the hood to ensure a super smooth repair on this Audi. Chris is wet sanding the hood in the one and only picture we took of it today. Tomorrow after it gets a bath, I will be sure to get a finished shot of it. I took it out for a test drive today to be sure everything was working properly and I had a very pleasant drive through the Burlington country side. Everything worked flawlessly. In the morning we will get it washed up and ready for the owner.