Tired of water dripping into your car? Does the sound of whistling air and wind noise drive you nuts? If you suffer from any of these problems then you probably have bad weatherstripping.
With time comes age, and with UV comes cracks. Much like the beach bunny who looks good after a tan, the constant beating of UV rays ultimately fatigues their skin and turns them into literal California raisins, and the same can be said of your weatherstripping.
As time beats down on your car, one of the first things that goes is your weatherstripping. It becomes brittle, deformed and soon enough, this affects the quality of your ride. For those of you who have built ground up restorations, you’ll also be the first to know that fresh new weatherstripping makes all the difference in the world. So read up on this month’s tech article which goes over something fresh.
Axalta Paint Tip of the Month
In Last month’s Issue of Lowrider magazine, we discussed how preparing the right environment and proper foundation was the key to a successful paint application. Now it’s time to move to the next step of your paint build. The proper prepping of a vehicle is an essential part of the paint application. Whether you are spraying water base or solvent base Axalta Coatings Products, you must also choose the right sanding grit of sanding paper as you begin your primer buildup to make that body perfect again. Sandpaper grit is designed to remove material; be it paint, body filler, or rust. Sandpaper is designated by how gritty it is or how much grit exists in a square inch. In other words, the grit number is a measure of grit population. The higher the number, the more grit we have in a square inch. A piece of 40-grit sandpaper has fewer grit particles per square inch than a sample of 600-grit sandpaper and is real coarse when compared with 600- or 1000-grit.
By the same token, if you’d like to rough up a surface for good paint adhesion, you want 320- or 400-grit paper. Just remember as you get close to spraying your sealer, base finish, or the final finish, you should always finish dark metallic and solid colors with 600-grit. Light metallic colors should always be finished in 800-grit. This simple procedure will prevent viewing sand scratching looks now or from surfacing years later on that beautiful paintjob. For more technical advice please feel free to contact Axalta Product Specialist Steven Chaparro at firstname.lastname@example.org.