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Stage 2

Sanded and ready for Stage 2

With the white primer flatted and the sides welded and filled the car is once again ready for priming (above). Once the primer is applied a light guide coat of black is painted and flatted (below). The bodywork is now as good as it will ever be and ready for the colour change paint.

Guid coat ready to flat yet again

Flatted and ready for proper colour

Black undercoat for colour change paint

colour change basecoat

Finished colour change paint

Colour change paint requires a three stage process. First a coat of black is applied, followed by the colour change paint itself. This dries in around 20 minutes to a satin finish ready for the clear lacquer which weatherproofs the paint and provides the glossy finish.

Here you can see the whole car is raised on axle stands. This prevents dust from blowing off the floor when painting the lower sections and allows easy painting of the bottom of the side skirts.

Once the clear coats have cured properly the whole side of the car is once again flatted down - we are getting pretty familiar with the shape of this car now!


Lacquer sanded and primary pattern masked

Fully masked and ready to paint

Blue coat on and drying Primary masking removed
Clear coat has now been painted

The graphic shape is then masked and painted blue before the whole side is cleared again.

This is actually very much more time consuming than it sounds. Firstly the car has to be masked in the conventional manner to ensure that the interior and glass don't get painted. 

Then the pattern has to be taped and masked. This has to be done in such a manner as to allow the graphic masking to be removed quickly and easily half way through the painting but without interfering with the main masking.


Front ready for Marble Marble applied but not clear coated
Ready for Max Live - in about 6 hours!!

The bonnet is painted black as with most custom effects, and then the marble paint is applied. As with all paint this is then clear coated. Marble is actually one of the hardest effects to apply - if not done correctly, or not done using the correct products then the lacquer just peels straight off.

This was complicated slightly by the fact (as is so often the case) that we were not given enough time and the marble paint was actually applied at 2.00am - the car was trailered and arrived at Max Live for 8.00am!!

 After the show some outstanding work was completed. Other graphic work is completed in exactly the same way as that on the side.

Pattern is masked out Masked and ready to paint
Painted blue and ready for demasking Ready for clearcoat
All done  


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