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The body shell was then moved into the paint booth, masked, and the exterior was primed.
The inside was sanded and prepped for black Imron. The interior, roll cage, dash, and firewall were all blacked out next.12/15/2014 at #4863
Next the crew mixed up some of the jet stream blue to make a spray out card. The color looks outstanding in the sun! This is a color available on a late-model ZR1 Corvette, so it was a natural for the ZR9 Camaro.
The body shell was then sprayed with guide coat, and all the parts were wet sanded smooth to 600 grit in preparation for color.12/15/2014 at #486412/15/2014 at #4865
The body was rolled into the paint booth to spray color on all of the jamb areas.
The backsides of fenders, doors, the wing, under hood area, and trunk jambs were all mask and painted Jetstream Blue and clear coated.12/15/2014 at #486612/15/2014 at #4867
Next, the LS7 engine was stripped of bolt ons, chemically cleaned, and sprayed with and Eastwood high temp ceramic silver engine paint. This was done to preserve the aluminum look, and it will not discolor from heat or oxidize.12/15/2014 at #4868
During the wet sanding process, the crew noticed a few areas which did not appear to be as straight as they could be, so the Camaro was quickly treated to another coat of sprayable polyester, guide coated, and blocked once again. Primers are not shiny, so it is hard to see how reflections will appear after the car has been painted, clearcoated, and buffed smooth. A large board with stripes printed on it was used to verify a straight reflection in the body panels.12/15/2014 at #486912/15/2014 at #487012/15/2014 at #4871
Next, the clear coat was wet sanded in preparation for black Z/28 stripes. JJ used a factory assembly manual to lay out the stripes to Chevrolet specifications. The car was then cleaned and mask and the stripes were painted in black.12/15/2014 at #4872
Some of the smaller pieces were then sprayed in blue and clear coated. There are a lot of parts on a Camaro!
After final clearcoat, the car was allowed to outgas before wetsanding and buffing. The crew utilized this time to begin final reassembly of the car.
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