Throughout the bodywork stages, Pete used a number of different grades of sandpaper depend
As with any labor-intensive build-up, there is a time when the torches are put away, and all of the cutting and grinding comes to an end. You step back to catch your collective breath, but you're still pretty far away from easy street. In fact, there's a whole mountain left to climb 'til you're ready for the final dance with that trip into the spray booth. When Peter Newell and his team at Competition Specialties in Walpole, Massachusetts, wrapped up on all of the metalwork and fine-tuning of Tony Rose's Project Karma Camaro, it was time to focus on dialing in the bodywork. This meant lots of time being put into finessing panels, body lines, and block-sanding the body to perfection.
Any way you cut it, sanding is a tough task that will make or break the final results once
So, in this article we're going to focus on some of the final details needed in preparing the body for its coating of liquid icing. Once all of the major bodywork has been completed, and with the car in its last prime coat, the concluding steps become even more crucial in preparing the surface.
Let's follow along with Peter as he wraps up the final details that separate a good paintjob from a great paintjob.
Pete's Prep Tip
Be sure to pre-fit all trim, lights, and emblems to your body panels to ensure proper fit and alignment. Just because a part is new, there's no guarantee it will fit exact to your specific application.
•Always place your sandpaper in water prior to use in wet sanding as this will make the paper more pliable and easier to use.
•Always remember to take your time when working with your final prime coating on the body. If you over-sand the areas, you'll be shooting that final coat one more time!
Team member Brian Jordan (left) joined shop owner Peter Newell in masking the car to prote
We defy any crud to creep into the inner sanctum of the car at this point. Careful attenti
Starting from the rear and moving forward, Peter laid down a coating of Rubber Seal's Meda
Once the Guide Coat was dry, Peter selected a semi-hard flexible sanding block due to the
Using the edge of a soft sanding block is the perfect tool for removing wet sanding sludge
Once the panel has been wiped clean and dried, it can then be inspected for any remaining
The Guide Coat shows some orange peel that will need to be tended to. It can easily be rem
Once the wet sanding to the front of the panel was completed, Peter again used the edge of
Peter uses 1/2-inch masking tape to run a line down the side of the car at the exact cente