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Car Facts: The Secrets to Auto Paint at the Shop and Beyond

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Nobody knows more about vehicles and repair than NASCAR professionals. The teams working behind these drivers and their vehicles go through every single detail they can possibly alter that might add some speed and power to the driver. Every inch of the car is enhanced for optimum performance: they adjust nitrogen pressure and temperature, lubrication, and even the hydration levels of the driver. They work to get instant solutions to dents and breaks that happen on the track. The paint jobs are similarly as involved in NASCAR vehicles. We thought we’d take a look at some interesting facts on how things get done in the NASCAR world and some secrets of the trade.

The Basics of the Paint

It’s quite important to note that auto paint is designed specifically for vehicles, as the attempt to use any other type of paint on the surface of your car might have disastrous results. Most people will usually wonder what the difference is between waterborne and traditional solvent paint.

Solventborne: These are typically the traditional paints that have been used for many years on most vehicles. They are composed of urethane, lacquer, or enamel.

Waterborne: These are called such for a reason. They are comprised primarily of water and therefore contain only 10% solvent.

The Process

The process usually begins with sanding in order to smooth the surface. This helps ensure that the layer of paint will go on smoothly and there will be no uneven edges, traces of previous scratches, or etc. Then, there is the sanding process. This is a necessary aspect, as it allows the surface to be roughed up and better allow the paint to adhere. Then, there is a primer applied, which serves as a buffer between the metal and the paint.

Even when it comes to NASCAR vehicles, there is a sanding process involved before. Many professional racing cars, however, are painted by robots in an assembly line. A lot of thought will go into the paint of a racer’s car: the colors have to match the driver’s fire suit and the merchandise associated with the team. Teams also have to consider that the car looks pristine from a distance and the logos and other symbols are clear and readable. The car then receives its color coat and then a top clear coat.

When we paint cars in our shop, a clear coat is also an important part of the process, as it ensures there is a gloss and added protection to your car’s surface. Traditionally there were two possible ways to go about the painting of a vehicle:

Single stage paint:  This refers to a single-layered paint that already contains the base coat and clear coat.

Double stage paint: This means the paint is applied in two stages. The base coat is applied first and allowed to dry before the clear coat is applied.

Today, because of technology and ease of application, there will usually be a double stage paint job, as it allows for the layers to dry and create a stronger and more durable finish.

Fun Facts About the Racing World

Most of the cars in our shop, of course, are not racing cars but personal vehicles that have been put through some damage due to a collision, minor crash, or other accident. Let’s look at these fun facts about racing cars:

  • A big part of the racing job is actually a series of vinyl stickers adhered to the surface.
  • The temperatures inside of a race car can get above 100 degrees and 170 by the floorboards.
  • Because of the above mentioned, NASCAR drivers can lose 5-10 pounds of sweat during a race. If they lose too much without rehydrating, they can become weak and have it affect their driving abilities.

Get Your Paint Done Right At Lone Star

I bet you’re glad your vehicle doesn’t get up to 100 degrees! When it comes to auto body paint, it’s not a job you can do in your backyard. Especially if your car has suffered damage from a collision, the process is involved in getting your car back to pristine shape. If you’re looking to restore your car back to its pristine shape, come by the shop here at Lone Star Collision Center!

 

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