Happy Friday to everyone!
So, we’re nearing the end of the body work on the Chevelle. In talking with Tony, we probably have one or two more weeks and then she’s done and ready to move on to the next phase. I snapped some more update pictures for you…
Here’s the car, body now secured to the new frame. These are much better than the ones from my previous blog post since the car was briefly outdoors (As usual, click on each one to see the full-size image):
So now the body is on the new frame, Tony’s next step was to squirt more blue paint on the secondary parts… some trim items, my new sport mirrors, the fenders, etc. Here’s some pictures of those goodies:
So with the various pieces now being painted and the body itself entering the final phases, it’s time to start noticing small items appearing, such as the brand new, shiny rear bumper!
SANDING A FRESHLY PAINTED CAR
In all of this most recent pictures the body is clearly not “done” from a paint and finish perspective… it’s obviously dirty (Thanks Phoenix sandstorms!) but the real issue is that Tony and his crew haven’t done the final wet/color sanding of the clear coat that is sprayed on top of the raw paint. This is usually the last step in the process and involves copious amounts of water and VERY fine grit sandpaper… you essentially pour water over the clear coat and lightly sand the very top layers until you get a nice, smooth surface. It is this final step that gives a show car it’s amazing brilliance… even depth… of color. Because it is so labor intensive, auto manufacturers don’t do this step since it would dramatically slow their production lines.
So right now you’re probably wondering why I’m explaining this to you. Simple, really… I have a picture that shows the dramatic difference in quality between a body panel that HAS been wet/color sanded versus one that hasn’t yet had the treatment. To see what I’m talking about, compare my reflected image on the LEFT side of the door jamb versus the reflected image on the RIGHT side of the door jamb. The right side has been wet sanded prior to having the new door handles installed, while the left side is still in raw clear coat. On the right side you can see noticeable increases in detail of my reflection but also notice the detail in the brick wall behind me. The entire car will look like the right side after Tony and his crew wet sand the entire body (trunk, hood, fenders, etc.). Pretty cool, huh?