574-643-6206 | 5475 W Co Rd 250 N, Royal Center, IN 46978
Serving auto enthusiasts since 1988
Body & paint
Body & paint
Remove all emblems, mouldings, bumpers, weatherstrip, lights, glass, interior, door handles, etc.
Assess removable body panels that might require replacement
Remove all bolt on body panels
Strip all body panels being reused to bare metal
Cut out all rust and corrosion from floors, inner structures, reinforcements, rails, etc. and replace with NOS, good used, reproduction, or fabricated parts
Rebuild or replace worn door, decklid, and hood hinges so they return to same position consistently when closed
Reinstall & fit original and replacement body panels to existing quarter panels, roof, and tail panel which are non adjustable for proper gaps and consistent panel to panel levels. Modify any panel as necessary to acquire proper fit. (Reproduction parts typically need a considerable amount of work for proper fit and appearance)
If firewall, inside trunk area, and bottom of car are getting refinished, those areas are stripped & media blasted at this time.
If quarter panels and rear wheel houses need replacement, with doors still properly aligned to the rockers on the lower edge and quarter at the rear, the body shell is supported so it cannot distort when the quarter panels are removed. Leaving the doors attached, the quarter panel, wheelhouse if needed, and any other faulty component that was hidden are cut from the body by removing the factory spot welds leaving an attachment point for the new panels. Replacement parts are then fit and modified as necessary to align with doors, rockers, roof, & tail panel. Panels are then spot welded in place and re-checked for alignment before final welding.
If roof or tail panel requires replacement, the same procedures as in step nine apply.
Once all rust or other damage is repaired, everything comes apart again. Door jambs, inside of doors, under side of decklid, underside and edges of hood are all stripped to bare metal.
Dings, dents, and imperfections are removed with an occasional slight amount of high quality body filler needed.
Prepare bare metal and apply Epoxy primer used for it’s adhesion and corrosion prevention qualities.
Apply urethane primer used for it’s filling ability.
Once properly cured, the urethane primer is hand block sanded to remove any high spots and reveal low spots. If after sanding there are no high or low spots remaining, two more rounds of hand block sanding with consecutively finer abrasives are used in preparation for the color coats .
If there are any imperfections, steps fourteen and fifteen are repeated.
After all panels are completely sanded, everything is cleaned inside and out to remove all dust and debris. All panels are wiped down with precleaner. Seam sealer is applied in the required locations. Any masking is done at this time.
Panels are wiped off with tack cloths to remove any lint or dust that may have settled. The basecoat (color) is applied, then after the proper waiting period the clear coats are applied.
After a 3-4 week curing period, the paint is color sanded with 1000, 1200, 1500, and 3000 grit abrasives.
The surface is then buffed and polished to an arrow straight, deep, mirror finish.