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  • #4783
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    This Trans Am was restored once and treated to a multilayer candy paint job in the process. It is unique that it has a Buick 455 under the hood, and not the Pontiac 400 or 455 and not an Olds 403.

    The color is House of Kolor Kandy Brandywine sprayed over a gold base, with a flake added in for extra shimmer. The gold striping and tan interior really accentuate the candy red and give this car and appearance that is like a magnet for eyeballs.

    Unfortunately, the owners Were out enjoying the car one day when they got rear ended. Knowing that most collision shops would not touch a project like this, they brought the car to us at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop.

    #4784
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    #4785
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    The rear end was bashed, the quarters and roof were buckled, the doors didn’t fit, the front sheet metal didn’t line up, the rear deck lid and wing were off kilter, and there were paint issues like sanding scratches and shrinkage all over the car.

    Upon arrival, the crew stripped the car and the interior and prepped it for straightening. First we removed the stripes from the car and unbolted body and trim panels to gain access.

    #4786
    V8 Staff
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    The car was placed on a frame jig and pulled slightly to relieve the tension caused by the mild rear end impact.

    The repair work was really not that significant, but the challenge was working with the insurance company. You see, this car has five layers of gold colored base, a layer of inter-coat clear, some gold flake, more inter-coat clear, and then seven layers of Kandy Brandywine, all covered with layers of clear. That is a a lot of material, and nearly impossible to blend and match. The insurance company claimed that we could blend this color in the middle of the door and just paint the back half of the car. Anybody who has ever dealt with custom colors like this knows that every layer of color changes the hue. For example, if the original painter sprayed seven medium layers of Brandy to reach this shade, and a different painter applied seven layers that were slightly heavier, the car would be a completely different color. We knew the best course of action was to respray the entire car.

    The other challenge is that when you have such a high film build on a car, you risk the material cracking and other issues. We simply were not comfortable adding additional paint layers without expecting trouble in the future.

    After repeated phone calls, arguments, estimates, rewrites, more visits from estimators, and more phone calls, Kelle was able to convince the insurance company that a full repaint was the best course of action.

    #4787
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    After repeated phone calls, arguments, estimates, rewrites, more visits from estimators, and more phone calls, Kelle was able to convince the insurance company that a full repaint was the best course of action.

    A D/A sander was used to remove most of the car’s paint.

    #4804
    Frank Szymkowski
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    I assume a classic/collector car insurance company?

    #4808
    V8 Staff
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    The problem is that it was NOT a classic car insurance company, just a general auto insurance company. They really argued with us throughout the whole process.

    #4824
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    Many of the Trans Ams parts were repaired off the car. The crew used flexible fillers and materials where needed, as on the flexible front bumper cover. Some of these items displayed cracks under the paint when the car arrived in our shop.

    After the parts were straightened, they were sprayed with a black guide coat over primer and sanded smooth.

    #4825
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    The Trans Am’s body was pulled straight on the frame rack and then bodywork began.

    The car was very straight, but we still needed to apply filler to smooth the surface. The crew used Evercoat Quantum1 body filler because of its corrosion resistance when applied over exposed bare steel.

    The bolt-on pieces, such as the nose and rear spoilers, were installed periodically and checked for fit.

    #4826
    V8 Staff
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    The crew spent some time reshaping the rear spoilers to better fit the car and with each other.

    Fiberglass was used as well as filler to subtly reshape the profile of the spoilers.

    #4827
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    The hood gaps were also refined to be more precise.

    Black 3M powdered guide coat was used during the sanding process to ensure the panels were straight. This would all be sanded off, revealing high and low spots.

    After this process, the car was rolled into the paint booth, placed on jackstands, cleaned, and masked in preparation for a coat of sprayable polyester filler.

    #4828
    V8 Staff
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    The crew sprayed Evercoat Super Build 4:1 sprayable polyester filler for the next step. The polyester is applied to fill any sanding scratches left behind during the body filler process. Because it is sprayed on and not next and smeared with a spreader, there is no risk of having pinholes in the application. After the application, aerosol black guide coat was sprayed over the entire car in preparation for the next round of sanding.

    #4829
    V8 Staff
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    Back in the body shop, the crew installed the replacement fiberglass rear bumper cover and fitted it to the body.

    Next, they block sanded the polyester, and the guide coat again revealed any high or low spots requiring attention.

    #4830
    V8 Staff
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    The paint on this car posed a special challenge, because it is a multilayer Kandy. By their nature, Kandy colors are translucent colors sprayed over a bright base, typically gold or silver. Once the car is stayed in the base color, the Kandy color is applied in multiple coats until the desired final color is reached. Each layer of translucent Kandy color will deepen the hue.

    We sprayed several test panels to match the color.

    First came the gold base on a spray out card.

    Then, we mixed in some gold flake with the House Of Kolor Kandy Brandywine.

    #4831
    V8 Staff
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    Here you can see the various test panels showing how the multiple layers of Kandy Brandywine affect the color. One panel was shot over a gold base, the other over a red base.

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