file 1979 Pontiac Trans Am Crash Repair and Candy Color Repaint

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08 Dec 2014 22:57 - 03 Dec 2015 12:01 #66 by oestek
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This Trans Am was restored once and treated to a multilayer candy paint job in the process. It is unique that it has a Buick 455 under the hood, and not the Pontiac 400 or 455 and not an Olds 403.

The color is House of Kolor Kandy Brandywine sprayed over a gold base, with a flake added in for extra shimmer. The gold striping and tan interior really accentuate the candy red and give this car and appearance that is like a magnet for eyeballs.

Unfortunately, the owners Were out enjoying the car one day when they got rear ended. Knowing that most collision shops would not touch a project like this, they brought the car to us at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop.





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08 Dec 2014 22:58 - 13 Oct 2015 11:50 #67 by oestek
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08 Dec 2014 22:59 #68 by oestek
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The rear end was bashed, the quarters and roof were buckled, the doors didn't fit, the front sheet metal didn't line up, the rear deck lid and wing were off kilter, and there were paint issues like sanding scratches and shrinkage all over the car.





Upon arrival, the crew stripped the car and the interior and prepped it for straightening. First we removed the stripes from the car and unbolted body and trim panels to gain access.



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08 Dec 2014 23:00 #69 by oestek
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The car was placed on a frame jig and pulled slightly to relieve the tension caused by the mild rear end impact.

The repair work was really not that significant, but the challenge was working with the insurance company. You see, this car has five layers of gold colored base, a layer of inter-coat clear, some gold flake, more inter-coat clear, and then seven layers of Kandy Brandywine, all covered with layers of clear. That is a a lot of material, and nearly impossible to blend and match. The insurance company claimed that we could blend this color in the middle of the door and just paint the back half of the car. Anybody who has ever dealt with custom colors like this knows that every layer of color changes the hue. For example, if the original painter sprayed seven medium layers of Brandy to reach this shade, and a different painter applied seven layers that were slightly heavier, the car would be a completely different color. We knew the best course of action was to respray the entire car.

The other challenge is that when you have such a high film build on a car, you risk the material cracking and other issues. We simply were not comfortable adding additional paint layers without expecting trouble in the future.

After repeated phone calls, arguments, estimates, rewrites, more visits from estimators, and more phone calls, Kelle was able to convince the insurance company that a full repaint was the best course of action.

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08 Dec 2014 23:01 - 14 Dec 2014 13:24 #70 by oestek
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After repeated phone calls, arguments, estimates, rewrites, more visits from estimators, and more phone calls, Kelle was able to convince the insurance company that a full repaint was the best course of action.

A D/A sander was used to remove most of the car's paint.











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10 Dec 2014 17:37 #81 by TopBlissGT
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I assume a classic/collector car insurance company?

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