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When preparing a car to be painted, there are many important things that need to be done for the new paint to last.

  1. The vehicle needs to be cleaned and inspected to determine what repairs are needed and what caused the reason for the paint failure and any bodywork identified. 
  2. The flaws that are the reason for the repaint must be addressed for the new paintwork to look right and last.
  3. Trim that can be removed should be removed instead of taped up. One cannot sand under these parts and paint will end up on the edges
  4. Any dings, dents, peeling paint, rust, old stripes and chips need to be repaired
  5. The vehicle's body work and failed paint must be repaired and primed with a urethane primer. The whole vehicle is sanded at this point to remove flaws and prepare the surface for the new paint. Sanding the exterior can take days to achieve a good surface and remove the flaws.
  6. All the edges are then sanded by hand anywhere that is not sanded and cleaned the new paint will not stick to the surface.
  7. The vehicle is cleaned again with a solvent and blown off with compressed air.
  8. The vehicle is then masked up to prevent primer from being deposited on surfaces were we do not want it. On the trim, in the jambs, on the windows etc.
  9. The surface is blown off with compressed air and solvent cleaned again to remove any contaminants from the surface.
  10. The bare metal has to be coated with an etching primer for the top coats to stick.
  11. The urethane primer is then applied, a minimum of three coats.
  12. The vehicle is then block sanded to correct any waves and defects in the primer. 
  13. The rest of the vehicle is machine sanded and any areas where the primer has sanded through are reprimed.
  14. The finish coat of primer is then sanded with a fine grit sand paper so the scratches from sanding do not show through the new finish.
  15. The masking is removed, the vehicle is rechecked and the edges are sanded again with 400 grit sandpaper and a scotchbrite.
  16. The car is blown off with compressed air and cleaned again.
  17. The vehicle is then moved to the paint booth for final masking.
  18. Once in the paint booth a final inspection is performed and all the remaining trim is taped off again including the jambs.
  19. The vehicle is cleaned one more time with solvent then blown and tacked.
  20. A coat of epoxy sealer is applied to seal off the old paintwork and primer. this sealer aides in adhesion and color hold out of the new finish.
  21. This coat is then tacked with a tack rag and the color coats are now applied to hiding usually 3-5 coats are applied. tacking between coats. This process consumes alot of tim as we have to wait 20-30 minutes between coats.
  22. Any nibs are now sanded and another coat of color has to be applied over any sanded areas.
  23. We then apply two coats of high solids clearcoat. for custom paint work more clear may be applied.
  24. Any defects in the clear coat are denibbed and water sanded out of the finish exactly as the factory does.
  25. The vehicle is now unmasked and the edges are detailed.
  26. Re-assmembly of the removed components. All the parts are now reinstalled, door handles, window trim, bumpers, grilles, tail lights etc.
  27. The vehicle is now vacumed, windows cleaned and the outside washed.
  28. A final inspection is now performed to make sure no items were over looked. All the lights are checked, tire pressure's set, fluids checked and a 20 point inspection performed.

The vehicle is now ready for delivery. Approxametly 40-60 hours are spent on this entire process.  Restorations, and wreck repairs use this same process but are generally just for the area being repaired and painted.

This process duplicates the factory process's as close as possible. Cars from the factory are painted in a 40 million dollar assembly line type of paint booth. In the repair market booths with filters are used to duplicate the factory conditions. A clean room, special filters for the air coming in and leaving the booth and special filters for the compressed air are utilized to prevent defects in the applied finish.

Delaminating (peeling Clear Coat)

Peeling Clear

Body damage marked for repair

Body work marked for repair

Body work repaired and clear stripped off

Body work done and clear stripped

Car completly sanded and masked to prime

Complete exterior sanded and body work done first masking for primer

Ptimed after prep

Primed and sanded again

masked painted and re-assembled

Remasked painted and re-assembled ready for delivery

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