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Scratch and dent sale

IMG_4369 IMG_4368This Miata was the victim of some vandalism a few weeks ago. We started by sanding all the scratches out and removing the parts to ensure a quality job. We will be removing door handles and mirrors as well, we just ran out of time today. There are also a few dents in this car that will also get repaired. Once those are fixed we will prime everything at the same time. Block out the primer then prep for paint would be next on the list.

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Keep on truckin

IMG_4170 IMG_4169 IMG_4175 IMG_4174 IMG_4173This C10 is in the shop to get  a few rust spots repaired. Although this truck isnt a show truck, it is pretty nice driver. We will be cutting out the old rusty metal and replacing it with new metal. Once that is welded in we use a water proof filler called All Metal to fill in any tiny pin holes. We then used body filler to smooth out the final repair. We will also treat the rust thats on the inside of the doors as well to slow down the rust process and maybe eliminate it. We will only be spot painting these areas because the rest of the truck is in pretty good shape. We hope to get the painting complete tomorrow and reassemble on Thursday. As long as no one throws a wrench in those plans we should be ok.

Rub-a-dub

100_1043 IMG_4157 IMG_4155 IMG_4156 IMG_4150The past few days Chris has been working diligently on the doors and fenders for the ’67 Chevelle. We painted these parts a few weeks ago and now its time to go the extra mile for the High Performance Finish. We started by blocking these panels out with 1000 grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth flat surface. We then switched to 2000 grit paper to make the buffing a little easier. Then 3000 on a dual action sander to speed the buffing process up even more. These extra steps are what it takes to provide our customers with the ultimate in gloss and depth. Just take a look for yourself.

Z little cruiser

IMG_4151 IMG_4152 IMG_4153We had this Z3 in the shop a couple of months ago to get its door jambs painted. When we finished with that, it left to get a top, new suspension and other mechanical things fixed up on it. Well, it came back Monday and we got right to work. We started by fixing the few little dents that were in it and got them primed in. Today we blocked out the primer spots and sanded the rest of the car in preparation for paint. This car will get a nice pearl white paint job. It will add a nice little sparkly touch for the owner to zip around in this summer. With all the nice weather we have been having lately, Im sure she is chomping at the bit to get this Z on the road. We will do our very best to make sure she is in it as soon as possible.

Look closely, you might miss it.

IMG_3870 IMG_3871 IMG_3872 IMG_3864 IMG_3865 IMG_3866 IMG_3868 IMG_3869 This is a few parts off of the ’71 Chevelle we have been working on. The color is quite unique. It is Carolina blue. The car is called a Carolina Girl. Chevrolet painted a few cars each year and sent them to North Carolina as a special edition. This one has lived its entire life in Burlington. In fact, It grew up, only about a mile from the shop. The new owner wanted to keep it the original color but wanted to add his personal touch to it. Well, we figured out what that touch was going to be this week. He likes racing stripes, but didnt know for sure if he wanted them on this car. When we described how we can ghost stripes, he got curious. So Wednesday we ghosted the stripes in for him to see and luck was on our side. We nailed it. If you look closely, you can see the stripes just barely visible. The owner and his family were very pleased with the way they turned out. We also wet sanded and buffed the fenders today. This process is part of our “High Performance Finish” paint jobs. We did get the doors buffed out last week, so all thats left is to buff the body and paint the stripes on the hood, then reassemble.

Rub a dub dub

IMG_3797 IMG_3798 IMG_3799 IMG_3800 IMG_3801 IMG_3802Yesterday we pulled out the doors for the Chevelle. Jordan wet sanded them starting with 1000 grit, then 2000, followed by 3000. Once he had that done, Chris buffed them back up to a brilliant shine. Just like the sanding process, the buffing process has 3 steps. First step is a heavy compound followed by a medium compound then a light polishing compound. The purpose of these steps is to remove any orange peel in the paint. This is where the ultimate gloss comes from. These extra steps are labor intensive but really make the paint pop right off the car. This is what distinguishes a High Performance Finish from a standard paint job.

Rubadub

IMG_3526 IMG_3527 IMG_3528The Mustang make over is a little closer to being done. Chris worked the buffer today to bring the shine back up after all the wet sanding was complete. We started wet sanding it yesterday. 1000 grit followed by 2000 grit then finally 3000 grit paper.  When buffing, the best procedure is to start with a heavy cutting compound then switch to a light cutting compound followed by a light polishing glaze. Then a good ole fashioned hand polish will bring the shine back to life.  Chris was able to get 2 of the buffing steps complete. Tomorrow we will get the final polishing glaze done and the hand polish. We should have time to start putting it back together as well.

Reassembly time

IMG_3476 IMG_3479 IMG_3470 IMG_3471 IMG_3474 IMG_3475Yesterday and today we wet sanded and buffed the Mustang. We also had time today to start some of the reassembly. When we wet sand we start with 1000 grit paper. This process is to remove any orange peel and/or imperfections in the clear. After the 1000, we switched to 2000 grit paper then we used 3000. These last two steps are to make buffing  easier. When we buff we start with a heavy cutting compound the switch to a lighter cutting compound, followed by a polishing compound. After the buffing was complete we started putting parts back on. We were able to get the trunk back together, spoiler on, the sail panels on, and the doors all back together. Tomorrow we hope to get the fenders on, bumpers on and the rocker moldings. Once that is done, all thats left is to get it all detailed for the owner. Who knows, if the weather cooperates it could be Friday.

All shined up

IMG_2316 IMG_2314 IMG_2313 IMG_2311 IMG_2309 IMG_2308 IMG_2317Phew, 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.

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