Drop Coating Metallic Auto Body Paint

Drop coating is an important skill that every auto body paint sprayer should aspire to master. Drop coats are administered during the last phase of the spraying process when metallic paints are used. When applied to an auto body panel correctly, drop coats offer full color coverage, perfect metallic content distribution and a better paint base that can accept lacquers with ease.

Applying Metallic Paint

Drop coating should be used with all metallic auto paints. Many paint sprayers apply metallic base coats using the same methods with which they apply solid colors, and this is a common error that compromises an otherwise perfect job. While horizontal arm movements are perfect for most solid color spray jobs, metallic auto body paint should be dropped onto the panel as soon as basic coverage has been achieved, and it is equally as important to cross coat the final application in horizontal and vertical directions.

Ensuring Uniform Paint Coverage

Before drop coats can be applied, the prepared car panel must be adequately covered with metallic auto body paint to help avoid primer transparency. Once the color is activated, a full wet coat of paint should be sprayed to the surface of the panel. It is essential that each horizontal spraying movement blends into the previous one to guarantee uniform coverage and distribution (overlaps of 30% to 40% are perfect). As soon as a single we coat has been applied, the auto body paint must be left to dry for around 10 minutes. Never spray a second coat until the first one has achieved a matte appearance.

Applying a Second Coat of Metallic Paint

Personally, I like to spray the next coat of paint in a different direction to the first, especially when the panel has been taken off the car. Sometimes, this isn’t possible on vertical panels, such as fenders and doors, if they are still fitted to the vehicle so don’t be too concerned if you are happier using a typical horizontal spraying pattern. The second application must be sprayed in a similar manner to the first coat, but try to achieve 80% wetness in comparison to the earlier application. Once more, the auto body paint must be left to dry for around 10 minutes until matte.

Applying the Drop Coat

If the metallic paint is still transparent, an additional coat may be required but this won’t be necessary in most cases. To spray the actual drop coat, position the spray gun 18 to 24 inches away from the surface of the panel and reduce gun pressure by 20% to 30%. Spray the auto body paint horizontally, moving the arm slowly across the panel so the metallic color drops (or falls) onto the surface. Maintain uniform coverage until the spraying process is complete. Recoat the panel from a similar distance straight away, but swap the horizontal movements for a vertical direction so the subsequent coat crosses the first. As well as guaranteeing even paint coverage, crossing the drop coat offers uniform metal distribution and a superior surface that will accept lacquer correctly.

Tacking the Drop Coat

Allow the drop coat to dry before visually inspecting the metallic auto body paint. Check for patches where coverage might be inconsistent and spray a further drop coat if necessary. With solvent-based auto body paint, it is always a good idea to run a tack rag over the vehicle panel as soon as the drop coat has dried. Specialist tack rags can be purchased for water-based auto body paint, but it is preferable to waive the tacking process as high paint build-up can peel back the color and this can lead to frustrating rework.

The New Porsche 911 Carbon Fiber VRT Aero Kit With COR Wheels

In the performance car world, having more power from your engine is a key factor when it comes to improving a car’s acceleration and overall performance. One of the major factors that is often overlooked by enthusiasts is the use of proper aerodynamic body work and the reduction of weight in key areas. These two methods of modifying a car can improve the overall performance of a car in terms of acceleration, handling, speed, braking, and even fuel economy. One aftermarket car tuning company designed a special body kit for the 997-generation Porsche 911 model that accomplishing both of these goals thanks to its lightweight construction. Called the VRT, the package includes both front and rear carbon fiber body work along with new lightweight forged COR wheels and gives the Porsche 911 a new, more muscular look as well.

The entire body kit is manufactured using an advanced autoclave technique that creates a very strong construction, coupled with an extremely light weight. The process ensures that the carbon fiber is lighter than most aluminum and steel components by up to 40 percent, helping to improve the overall performance of the vehicle. Each of the carbon fiber pieces also boast an OEM-quality fitment to ensure that modifications are not required to the standard body work. Even the new COR wheels have been configured to accommodate the factory bolt pattern or central-locking mechanism.

The VRT package first addresses the front aerodynamics of the Porsche 911. A new bumper with spoiler lip features integrated LED lighting along with larger air intakes to feed the front radiators with cool air. The front spoiler also helps to generate downforce at the front axle for better high-speed stability.

Along each side of the Porsche 911 are new side skirts as part of the VRT package. The side skirts help to visually lower the height of the sports car while also redirect air around the new COR wheels to reduce drag. The roof was also given a new carbon fiber replacement that helps to eliminate over 50 lbs. of weight from the highest point on the car for better overall performance. The rear of the 911 features a new bumper with integrated diffuser system and a new spoiler that generates more downforce than the stock spoiler.

To finish the VRT package, customers can choose from an array of three-piece or monoblock COR wheels that are made from lightweight forged aluminum alloy. The wheels help to reduce weight at the hub to improve overall vehicle performance and wear special high performance tires for added grip.

What Is Today’s Auto Painting Prices?

It is a fact that having an automobile is considered a necessity because mobility is part of our everyday routine. For this reason, people earning a living, ought to buy cars to suffice this important need. Much as your car takes care of our transportation needs, it is also your responsibility to take care of your car’s needs. This includes: cleaning the interior and exterior part of the car, waxing and buffing the car to keep its shine, applying other maintenance check such as tune-up and oil change. These are but some of the basic caring tips that you can give to your car. Part of your car care is also taking care of its paint. As you can see, a car just like human beings, also get old, that is why it has to be upgraded sooner or later. One way to upgrade the look of your car is through a paint job. With this you need to spare a budget and scout for the best deal on.

Aside from the brand of your car, the color paint is one thing that makes your car different from other cars. This is what distinguishes your car from all other cars. Once you see a lot of scratches and faded paint color on it, it already becomes an eye sore. Thus, an auto make-over is needed.

If you want to upgrade the look of your car, a paint job will do a great change. All you need is to think of a good color and then choose a reliable auto repainting service provider. You can also choose to have the same car paint color. Depending on your budget, you have to make a good compromise on auto painting prices and quality service.

More often than not, auto car painting prices vary in terms of quality painting job, type of car and additional body works. For low-end car painting jobs, the payment fee can range from $250 to $400. Average painting jobs often charge at $1000 to $2000 depending on the totality of work. Custom body part painting charges $4000 to $8000. This involves removal or specific body parts and individual painting, engine detailing, chrome plating and mechanical parts rebuilding. This is commonly used for auto transhows and exhibits.

Whatever car painting job you need, a corresponding price is available. By knowing the different auto painting prices, you can now plan out for your car’s make over budget.

Auto Body Repair – Does Bumper Repair Have to Be So Expensive?

There’s a very good chance that you have damaged the bumper on your car at some point in your driving career. Your bumpers are the most exposed parts of your car. They’re the most likely to be damaged. And…they’re designed to be repaired quickly and easily.

There’s also a very good chance that something much worse than having your bumpers damaged has happened to you: you almost certainly have overpaid by as much as double to have those bumpers repaired.

Body shops have two solutions to bumper repair: repaint the whole bumper (if the paint is damaged but it isn’t misshapen) or replace it (if the bumper has been cut, dented, or misshapen). There’s one option that they almost never consider: repair and repaint just the area that has been damaged.

When I owned a body shop I was shocked at how many healthy bumpers with minor damage (bumper rash on the corners, a dent with no paint damage, scratches across the face) were removed and discarded by body shops. The body shops were more than happy to toss bumpers that were 90% brand new because they could mark up the cost of the new bumper to the customer. And they were just as happy to paint the entire bumper for small scratches and scrapes covering just 10 – 20% of its surface area because the paint, primer, labor were all marked up as well. In sum, the tactic of body shops is to make jobs as large as possible because bigger jobs yield bigger profits, and it’s not the customer that’s paying…it’s the insurance company (don’t fall for that–you pay and then some over time when they increase your rates slowly). The average bumper repaint is about $450. A replacement is usually $800.

There is a sub-industry that car dealers use but the public is mostly ignorant of: the spot repair business. Spot repair techs specialize in bumper repairs. They can reshape, refill, recolor, and re-clear almost any bumper that doesn’t have damage done to the tabs that attach it to the car (that’s 80% of bumper damage, by the way). Contrary to what body shops will tell you, bumpers can be fixed, and just the area that has been damaged can be painted. This does require some skill. The painter must know how to properly scuff beyond the damaged area, blend in the paint, and apply the clearcoat so that the repair is undetectable.

What’s the average charge for a corner scuff, the most common of all bumper repairs? About $250. And here’s a HUGE bonus: most spot repair techs are mobile. That means they come to your home or office. A bumper corner can be sanded, primed, painted, and cured within 90 – 120 minutes. Ask your local car dealers for their “bumper repair guy.” There’s many in your area doing work you just didn’t know existed for prices and convenience that you would be silly to ignore.

Seller’s Guide For Junk Cars

So, you have a junk car in your backyard and you want to get rid of it as soon as possible, but you do not know where, when and how to sell a junk car? Let me tell you one thing, you are not alone, as there are thousands of other people facing the same situation. This article will give you all the information you require for selling a car.

When it comes to selling junk cars, then there are two choices. You may either place your quote online or you sell it using traditional means. I am talking about placing ads in newspapers and contacting car dismantling companies. I personally suggest using online means for selling your old car, as online car dealers offer better prices.

You should sell your old car as soon as possible, as delay of even a single day will decrease the value of your old car. Some people keep on waiting for the right time to come, expecting that they will get more money. Though, it is good to be optimistic yet we must also accept reality and the reality is that your car is becoming older day by day.

There are a few pitfalls to avoid while selling junk cars. Firstly, you should be very careful while selling your old car. Prefer dealing with the car dealer who is reliable and who is authorized buyer of junk cars. In addition, he should have good track record. Another important thing is to call your mechanic. Your mechanic will tell you the exact worth of your car after inspecting it properly. It is highly suggested talking with several car dealers at a time so that you can sell to one who is paying you maximum amount of cash.

Following are some of the tips for selling your old car at higher price.

  • Get the body of your car painted or apply a new spray on it
  • If there are any minor repairs, get them repaired as soon as possible
  • Keep the car service records with you

You can get a minimum of $1,000 for your car even if its engine is not working. If luckily, the model of your car is relatively new and its age is also less, then you can get several thousand dollars. Just the metal costs $200 per ton these days. So, if there is any junk car at your home which belongs to your parents or grandparents, then feel free to sell it as old cars are in great demand these days. I hope this guide will be helpful in selling old vehicles.