Webmechanic: How long have
you been doing paint and body work?
Adrian: Almost 14 years. Somebody just started showing
me how. A coworker asked me if I wanted to learn. We just
pulled out the dents, laid some body filler and smoothed it out. A
couple of years later I got the technique down. Now just two
spreads of filler and I'm done. My first spread is to knock it
down smooth, the second is just to fill in the pin holes.
Webmechanic: What is your specialty
Adrian: Fiberglass. I've done
fiberglass repair on cars, jet skis, boats, motorcycles and tractor trailer
hoods. Some of the hoods had whole sides torn out and I would have to
section it and fabricate the missing area. I've also done paint and
body repair on heavy machinery like excavators and bulldozers.
Webmechanic: How is restoration work at
Texas Trans Ams different from late model collission?
Adrian: It's a lot more work, more
attention to detail, even repairing things that nobody can see, like inner
structures. With restoration paint work we take the car back down to
the bare metal for a complete paint job. For instance one car had 9
coats of paint to grind off; lots of work with the D.A. (Dual Action Air
Sander) On one pair of doors I replaced the bottom corners due to rust
and wear, plus block sanded 30 years worth of ripples, and door dings.
You just can't order a re-pop from Taiwan, we use parts from the "yard" or