BugShop: Project '57, pg 12
page last modified- 11/3/01
FINALLY, the '57
is painted. Tom called me at 10 am on Saturday morning (4/10/99) and said
"Come on out, we're painting your car today. And bring your trailer." The
pictures below detail the final paint stages on the body.
||At least a good hour
was spent masking the body. Here Tom is taping up a quarter window from
the inside. Remember that the interior dash, pillars and door sills had
already been painted, as was the trunk cavity. It was important to insure
that no overspray got on these surfaces. The windows and front and rear
lid openings all had to be taped up.
|The hood opening was
carefully taped along the retainer seal line, then paper was taped over
that. It is important to tape up all of the openings completely and not
leave any "pockets" of loose flaps in the paper. This is so there won't
be any places for dust particles to accumulate and then potentially get
blown out as the paint gun passes nearby.
||This is the rear of
the car after all of the taping was done. Note one smooth paper "plane"
covers the opening, the tape was placed along the very outer edge of the
seal retainer strip like the front. You can also see that the inner rear
quarters, which had previously been undercoated, have been taped off.
|Then the entire car
had to be wet sanded, by hand, with 1000 grit paper. And since it was all
masked and papered, you couldn't get too sloppy with the water. You just
had to do one small area at a time and then wipe up the excess water and
move on. The paper that Tom uses though, does have a light wax coating
so the water doesn't destroy it.
You can see the gold/brown
"sludge" that formed when the base color coat was sanded. 1000 grit paper
is so fine, you really don't feel like you are sanding at all, but the
sludge forms quickly confirming that the paper was cutting the paint. The
whole car was done with just folded paper, in hand, with a flat palm. After
it is sanded, it is smooth as glass. Only the base coat is sanded to 1000,
the HS (white) primer on the doors is sanded to 600 grit.
||A lot of measures
are taken to reduce, if not eliminate, the dust in the paint booth. First
it is sprayed out. This is a Viking down draft spray booth. Heated air
is drawn through the large filter panels seen on the ceiling and then out
of the vents that run along the bottom of the walls. Both intake and exhaust
vents are heavily filtered.
|There was still more
taping and masking to be done once we got the car in the spray booth. (We
hand carried it over from the end bay, there is a laundry mat across the
street from Tom's shop. Some patrons there waiting outside on a sunny Saturday
seemed amazed at the two of us carrying this car out and around the the
building) It is important to tape a "skirt" on to body panels that are
close to the floor. This is so the gun air doesn't blow under the car a
potentially propel dust that is either on the floor or on the underside
of the car.
And you can see that
the floor is wet. Turns out this is a very good way to "stick" the paper
to the floor. A wet floor will actually hold any dust that might be floating
around. Even if the booth has been rinsed but is dry, Tom will wet the
floor thoroughly before spraying.
||Here you can see that
a skirt is "wet stuck" to the floor under the rear apron as well.
|I have to remember
to tell Tom to clean the window on his paint booth. Of the 4 or so pictures
I took of him painting, this is the only one that came close to being usable.
Tom wears a full body paint suit, with a hood, taped at the waist and wrists
and a 2 stage respirator (the charcoal filters are only good for 24 hours
after being removed from their sealed packaging).
||For some reason, this
picture makes me think of the wizard of OZ. I know the tin man was painted
silver, but I remember a flat gold makeup applied to someone's face. Maybe
it is the girl in the Bond film "Goldfinger" I'm thinking of.
Anyway, this is the
car after the color coat was sprayed. Shiny, very "gold", but flat. Notice
that the door was painted slightly a jar so the back edge could be sprayed.
|So the top picture
was in November 1998, when the car left my garage, and the bottom pic April
10th, the day it came back (you can see my winter wheels on the Cabrio
in the lower pic)
||THAT is one shiny
paint finish huh?
Less than 2 hours after
I backed the trailer into the garage, a ladder fell over into the driver's
side of the car. The damage is almost imperceptible, the mar rubbed out,
there is no chip but a slight dent that you can feel and see in bright
light. I can see it. A friend of mine I met at a dinner party later
that night remarked "you are in a remarkably good mood!" after I told him
The ladder is no longer
functional by the way. It will be part of the firewood pile by the end
of the month.