This is our customer's car. When a customer brings a car into Penn College's Collision Repair Lab, our group does the body work, then we prime and finally sand the car with 800 grit sandpaper.
Before the car is refinished, the parts not being refinished are taped off. This includes the windshield and the wheels and tires.
Before we mix our paint, Professor Thomas double-checks to make sure our formula is right.
The painting room contains hundreds of colors. Using our formula, I can locate the specific colors we need to mix.
Vapors released during the mixing process are very harmful so we always wear protective equipment.
The colors and additives are combined according to our formula’s specific ratio, and then are mechanically agitated for a few minutes.
Our group pushes the car into the spray booth, and I get suited up.
In order to get a uniform finish, you not only have to hold the spray gun the same distance from the car, but also the same angle, and move at a constant speed.
Using this technique, I paint the car section by section. While in the booth, we rely on the fresh air supplied through the respirator.
The car is left in the spray booth to cure at 140° F.
After curing, we push the car out of the booth and onto the shop floor.
The car is now ready to untape.
Dirt and imperfections must be wet-sanded and polished. Either an orbital sander can be used or, as I prefer, it can be hand sanded.
After sanding, the whole car is buffed and polished.
After the car is reassembled, it is ready to be returned to the customer.
Our group is really proud of how the car turned out. I am really proud of our group. After working with these guys all semester, I’ve gotten to know them and learned a lot from them. With all I’ve learned at Penn College, I know that I’m prepared to be successful in my career.