Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Dark Knight (of Sanding and Blocking)

“Ah you think sanding is your ally? You merely adopted the grit. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the flawless smoothness until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but dusty!”

Okay, contrary to rumors I am not expired. I have been preoccupied with others matters. However, the weather has turned foul, and the nights run dark for more hours than the day last long. The van is nearing first paint and, while this is normally an exciting period, I’m a little sanguine. To restate what’s happened. We did a couple shots of high-build primer, and then we sanded that all off. Then we hit it again, and sanded it all off. Next we’ll hit it with primer and wet-sand that with 700 grit. I’ll add photos of that later. I told Chris (in photos above) at the shop today that these vehicles were never this straight, even when they were new. He laughed. Chris did all the sanding and that’s a critical but thankless task. You get dusty and you can’t take any shortcuts. But you do come out of it all buff. Incidentally, the last photo above is of him at home on his day off, getting ready to go to the bar.


flamebroiled said...


john said...

You are doing well Charlie. 2008 start 2016 finish?