Preparation & Primer

Once the Bodyman has finished straightening the vehicle, bolting or welding on panels and doing the preliminary filling work with plastic fillers, it is time to prime with high build primers and hand sand those primers to fill all the small irregularities and pock marks left in the primer. Polyester putties may be used to fill small depressions and flaws along with other surfacers and get the car ready to roll into the spray booth so that the painter can take over. The application of primer is just as important as the paint and is applied in the same manner. The Guild's paint jobs are very different from Body shop paint jobs. More steps are involved.

Primer to Paint Steps

Step 1
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Strip car to bare metal.
This allows us to see what is hiding underneath the paint. Previous body work, thin spots, holes, rusted through areas. We then cut out those areas and replace with new metal. Welds are ground down and smoothed out with an English wheel. Pieces are placed together to check for fit prior to epoxy.

Step 2
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Epoxy Primer. Vehicle is sprayed with an etching primer to form an non-porous surface and creates a bond to the metal. It seals the metal from rusting and gives a good surface for fillers, high build and colour primers to adhere to. The car is sanded down in preparation for the next stage.

Step 3
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Bodywork & Filler. All bodywork is performed at this stage. Filler is used to fill irregular surfaces and it is then guide coated with a light spray of usually black paint. The guide coat allows valleys to show so they can be filled and resanded.

Step 4
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Polyester Primer. This high build polyester primer fills imperfections. The car is guide coated, block sanded and checked for any problems. It is then primed again to seal the vehicle. At this point the car can sit for a maximum of 60 days before being painted. If it sits longer the polyester primer must be done again.

Step 5
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Urethane Primer. The car is primed with this high build primer which may be tinted close to the final colour, guide coated and block sanded. A final coat is added and then the car is hand sanded to provide adhesion for the paint.

Step 6
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Paint. After the primer is sanded to a flawless texture the base coats are applied. Solid colours are single stage while metallic paints are painted in two stages. When sanding the base the sander must be careful not to break through the base to the primer below.

Step 7
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Clear Coat. Three coats of clear coat are applied after the car has been painted. The car is then buffed and polished many times.