Dupont and Ray Setters from Midstate Automotive Paint Supply supplied us with all the paint we needed for the project. Like 3M, it is committed to these students so when they do enter the workforce, they'll know exactly what needs to be done and how to do it.
Pieces were then brought over to the paint booth for a coat of Dupont 1101S Primer/Filler. The repetitive action of bodywork never ends, as this primer will be blocked smooth and reapplied until the shell and body pieces are absolutely perfect for paint. The science of painting lies in reducers and adding the correct amount. Reducers serve many purposes, such as thinning out paint for the gun, changing the transparency of the final coat, and as a cost-savings device as the price of paint continues to rise.
Using a side-to-side motion, the shell was primed from bottom to top. Another important piece of the puzzle is being able to work the gun in the proper fashion as to create an even coat. The paint booth being occupied, we opened all the doors in the shop and made sure everyone was wearing their masks for this process. Bob and the entire staff at the Mercer County Vo-tech not only teach proper technique, but also safety.
Check out the shell in primed form. Next month we will be tackling paint and the final assembly of the body panels. And who knows? Maybe we will have this baby on all four wheels. Stay tuned for the next installment as the pieces of the puzzle are finally coming together.