Two factors come into play whenever an automobile restoration takes place: patience and luck. All multiple-car builders can attest that some cars seem like they almost want to be resurrected while other cars fight you every step of the way, making the resto truly a chore from start to finish. Our “Project FearleSS” has been more on the fun side, with most of our tasks flowing smoothly. Once we sandblasted the car, the exposed metal showed us just how clean the body really was.

The minor metalwork was added with ease, allowing the crew at House of Pain to work their magic. The bare metal was coated with metal conditioner and sealed with Axalta etching primer, which was used to protect the metal. Luis and Jesus then used the sealing high-build primers to seal the bodywork and give the car a final block. This is a long and tedious process, and one that needs to be done right, otherwise the end results will reflect poor workmanship.

In this issue, we look at the transformation of Project FearleSS, as it comes to life after nine weeks of bodywork from the crew at House of Pain. Now, you can see how the results of their work turned out after our car was serviced in the Axalta tech center.

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<strong>1</strong>. We arrived at the Axalta tech center.<strong>2</strong>. The car was pulled into the staging area.<strong>3</strong>. Luis started by blowing out any trash that could be found in and on the car.<strong>4</strong>. Every crack and jam was blown clean of debris.<strong>5</strong>. The dash was sprayed before showing up to the Axalta tech center, so it needed to be sanded for the additional paint to grip properly.<strong>6</strong>. To make sure that there was no overspray, the hood and trunk lid were removed. This will also allow the car to have the 'jambs sprayed evenly.<strong>7</strong>. The complete car was wrapped up to avoid any overspray on the prepared body.<strong>8</strong>. Cleaning and prep is the key to a clean paintjob and as you can see, the car is wiped down several times before the painting is even started.<strong>9</strong>. The painting began on the dash and the 'jambs.<strong>10</strong>. Every section of the car was sprayed and completed as it was coated with the base.<strong>11</strong>. Before the car was masked up, the bodywork was touched up to remove any oil and residue that might cause a paint reaction.<strong>12</strong>. The car was blown off one more time as we did not want to have any dirt on the paintjob.<strong>13</strong>. The car was now being masked off to avoid any overspray.<strong>14</strong>. The car was re-wiped down one last time before any paint was sprayed on.<strong>15</strong>. Steve Chaparro mixed up the base for our '68.<strong>16</strong>. Activator was mixed in.<strong>17</strong>. Steve and his partner, Eddie Aguilar, started to paint from the front of the car.<strong>18</strong>. The base was being laid out from every angle possible.<strong>19</strong>. The roof line was complete and they started to move onto the rest of the body.<strong>20</strong>. This side of the car was almost coated with the first paint passing.<strong>21</strong>. The hood vents were cleaned one last time before spraying the hood.<strong>22</strong>. The hood and trunk deck were sprayed separately; once in the paint booth, they were wiped clean one last time.<strong>23</strong>. The small pieces were sprayed.<strong>24</strong>. Chaparro prepared the clear before going into the booth.<strong>25</strong>. The inner decklid was given a final coat of paint to make sure that there was sufficient coverage on it.<strong>26</strong>. The small pieces were also cleared separately.<strong>27</strong>. Several coats of clear were also applied to the hood.<strong>28</strong>. The body received a first heavy hand coat of clear and was baked in the controlled spray booth.<strong>29</strong>. The freshly baked clear was then cut so another session of paint clear could be applied.<strong>30</strong>. This process needed to be done to the complete body.<strong>31</strong>. The car had new masking paper for the clear that was going to be added to it.<strong>32</strong>. The complete car had to be masked so we wouldn't overspray the undercarriage of the car.<strong>33</strong>. Chaparro is a firm believer that the cleaner the subject the better the finish.<strong>34</strong>. After a long day of painting the car, it was almost at the end of the paint session as the final coats of paint clear were applied.<strong>35</strong>. After several coats of Axalta's paint clear and baking the finish, this body was looking wet and deep.