After the project started, I was busy working in the FAB lab, and I didn’t update any blogs, but now, the car is finally finished! The process was a lot harder than I thought, I faced lots of problems that needed solving.
The major problem with the painting process was dust. ISB didn’t have a dust free painting room provided, and the FAB lab was full of dust created by the large machines. During the first few sprays with the car, the car kept getting fish eyes, and I didn’t know why. I tried to sand it out and paint a second layer to cover it. But dust particles just keep on coming.
After practicing multiple times, I came out with a plan on covering the car with a box to prevent dust. I heard about Mr. Stenning talking about his friend, who owned a car paint shop. They would spray water onto the ground before painting, it would prevent dust from flying around and ruining the car paint. I learnt from that and added wet paper towels underneath the car. Even though it still didn’t provide a dust free environment, it was a lot better than before.
I also had to master both the paint spraying can and the spraying pen. I’d always prefer the spraying pen, but only the spray can came with the golden color I needed. A spraying can would apply a lot more paint per spray comparing to the spraying pen, and the alternation between these tools created a weird feeling. I had to relearn each tool when changing… Because these two tools have different spraying methods, the pen was more precise.
First of all, there were still bumps on the car body, but my “teacher” for this project said it was acceptable for a newbie, and I’ll gain more experience later. No one would ever master a thing in one try. Everything requires practice and experience.
The final product was fine for me, I put into a lot of effort, and I didn’t expect a master product in the first place. I’d say it’s successful, at least I successfully took apart, repainted, and reassembled a car model.
My next product, a ferrari 488?