We are shifting gears from mechanical work to body work! In this post we are going to transform the scuffed up cowlings into brand new shiny show pieces, follow along!!
We have removed the cowlings from the two work carryall’s. We have given them a quick wipe down with soap and water.
You can see that the cowlings have a fair bit of scuffs and scrapes. However overall they are in fairly good shape.
We have removed the old light housings and given washed the cowlings once again.
Here you can see we have one cowling rough sanded. We used an air orbital sander with 100 grit paper.
Here are the cowlings once again, with the second one getting ready to be sanded. You can also see that we removed both Club Car logo’s prior to sanding.
This is a close up of some of the deeper scuffs. These are all over the cowling and will need to be addressed.
We washed the cowlings with a plastic cleaner, and then used a plastic prep, followed up with a plastic adhesion promoter. Once we were happy with the cowling being clean, we proceeded to apply a special two part plastic repair epoxy.
It looks as though there are a lot of large scuffs, however once we sand the plastic repaired area there will be very little of the epoxy left.
Once we completed the sanding of the repaired areas, we primed them.
You can see that we only primed the areas that were repaired, that is all that is needed, the paint will stick just as well to the original body as it will to the primer.
Once we the primer dried we sanded it with 400 grit. You can see here that there is a bit more body work that needs to be done. We sanded this area with 100 grit in preparation for another layer of repair epoxy.
Here you can see several other areas that will need to be touched up as well.
Here we apply small amounts to the needed areas. Anywhere the plastic has been sanded through and has created a “fuzzy” surface, must be repaired and primed. If this process is not completed you will end up with the “fuzzy” surface coming through the final paint job!
With all our repairs completed and a complete 400 grit sanding, then a 600 grit sanding. We were able to move the cowlings into the paint booth.
Before painting we clean the cowlings with a final wipe solvent, then we do a plastic cleaner, and finally a plastic prep. Once that is complete we mix the paint. We let the paint sit while we tack cloth the entire cowling to ensure there is no dust or lint on the surface. Then we are ready to paint.
We laid down our first coverage layer, this is a lighter layer, which gives us a good bond and seals the surface.
Here we have laid down two more coats of paint in generous layers.
Finally we lay down several good layers of clear coat, just border lining on running the clear, this gives you that deep wet look. It can be tricky to find that balance so that you don’t run the clear. But it looks awesome when it’s done!
If you haven’t seen the start of this thread check it out here!