Painting

Baking Paint

Baking Paint

A few posts back, I talked about how it’s important to let paint air dry, rather than force drying it.  Baking clear to dry it can force too much s...

Cleaning Before Paint

Cleaning Before Paint

The best way to make sure painting goes smooth is to be as thorough as possible with your prep work, especially cleaning.  This is assuming all sa...

Baking Clear Coat

Baking Clear Coat

You just spent hours in the paint booth, between spraying sealer, base coat, and finally clear coat. This is a job that needs to be as perfect as p...

Clear Coat

Clear Coat

The goal is to have perfectly flat clear coat, with no texture, no ripples, no imperfections. To get there, the clear coat must be sanded with hard...

Matching Paint

Matching Paint

One of the first things seen on a car is it’s paint. Hundreds of hours, sometime more, go into all the body work, gaps, blocking primer, making sur...

Using Water Borne Cleaner

Using Water Borne Cleaner

One of many keys to a great paint job is the prep work. Cleaning is crucial, so it’s important that it’s understood what cleaners need to be used, ...

Clean, Clean, Clean

Clean, Clean, Clean

Prepping before painting is extremely important.  You can never clean the panels enough.  Here’s a quick run down of what to use, and more importan...

Clearing Once vs. 'Flow Coat'

Clearing Once vs. 'Flow Coat'

Here is a question that comes up quite a bit.  Should all the clear coat be sprayed at one time; or should it be sanded and clear coated for a seco...

Baking Fresh Paint

Baking Fresh Paint

Finally, the last coat of clear is sprayed. Now is it time to bake it, or let it air dry?  My opinion, is to always let the paint air dry.  In the...

The steps to an exceptional paint job

The steps to an exceptional  paint job

After what seems to be a countless amount of hours poured into body work, block sanding, and prep work, painting could arguably be the most crucial...

Painting Engines

Painting Engines

The key to painting engines? Keep the material as thin as possible. (And very good prep work). This means it's probably a lot better of an idea t...

Matching Panels

Matching Panels

Want to make sure all the panels match? When painting, loosely assemble the body before spraying the last couple coats of base coat. First, make ...