You guys… I finally learned to paint a car!
Perks of working at Horsepower Enterprises, LLC in Lancaster, PA. Some of you may know that I manage Horsepower and have been here for about a year. Literally a dream job; I mean I get to be around cool classic cars all the time. Who wouldn’t like that? Especially as a gearhead myself.
So, one day I was talking with the guys and they offered to suit me up and let me watch Kevin (our painter) paint. Of course, I didn’t say no! I mainly wanted to see what the experience was like but being able to paint a piece myself was too cool. It takes a lot of serious skill to paint at the level they do, but I thought I did pretty good my first try!
When you look at a high-level car restoration you mainly see what’s on the surface, however, it takes a lot more than just the final paint to make a car look good. It’s all about the bodywork, alignment, smooth seams, and of course the paint & clear coat process. Maybe I will get more into bodywork later, but for now, here’s what my paint booth experience looked like!
Like my suit?!?
ChicMoto Learns To Paint On A 1968 Camaro
Steps we took:
- Mix the paint. We use BASF products and our local paint distributors Zimmerman Auto Body Supplies. As you can see in the video, three different products went into the paint container; the blue paint, a mid-temp reducer, & a base-coat hardener.
- Shake it up and head to the booth where primed pieces are waiting.
- Start painting! I did a practice spray first but I realized it’s all in the wrist & building up those wrist muscles to evenly coat.
- Wait a couple minutes after each spray before spraying again. We did 3 coats of the blue metallic paint.
- Wait & mix the clear coat product.
- Clear coat is what protects it from UVs and gives the paint more shine. The nicer the clear coat, the more UV protection you get which I did not know!
- Two coats of clear, waiting about 5 minutes in between.
- All done! Minor run-offs will be wet-buffed after they dry. I was surprised at how quickly car paint dries which just means you can’t really mess up…
I had a blast and can’t wait to keep practicing. How many of you can do this?!?
p.s. this is what my piece looked like once I was finished!