I stopped in at Stingray Auto Body yesterday after work to see how things were going and to get some answers on things I am doing.
He has made a lot of progress on his work list, the current hot car in his shop is a C1 Corvette full restoration and a red Charger for Dream Car Giveaway having a new vinyl roof installed. A few other cars in his shop, but most of the work going on is the C1 vette. He finished hs red C3, and before he even had time to drive it a bit, someone saw it and had to have it, so when the guy threw down a ton of cash, sold!
He has hired one additional body man, but he says he still needs a really good sander and masker. From my experience, that kind of work takes a LOT of time to do, and I am NOT the person best qualified to do either!
He said to check back in about 3 weeks, which is a far cry better than the last guestimate of a few months!
I asked him if he prefered the rear window in or out, as I had it out right now, but it is all ready to install the clips and re-install the glass. He said he would prefer it left out and I would rather have him install the clips for the molding and then install the window and molding after the paint job.
I am not putting on the 2-3 coats of high build primer and block sanding the car, as even if I do and it comes out perfect, he is going to do it again. He never paints a car that he has not sealed, primed and blocked himself, which is a really good and smart policy. So, if he is going to do it, there is no need for me to do it it also.
We also discussed whether to go with a 2 stage base coat-clear coat or the factory original 3 stage tri-coat. The factory tri-coat is an amazing finish for both depth and color due to the 2nd stage of pearl, while the 2 stage base coat-clear coat is also really nice, just not as deep looking as the tri-coat. I am a bit torn between the two, as while I really like the finish the tri coat gives (the same color and finish that is on my 2001 vette right now), it is also extremely, if not impossible, to match if anything happens to the car. It is also over a grand in extra paint and time.
Right now, I am strongly considering just the 2 stage, as I have seen some and it looks 90% as amazing as the tri coat and God forbid I need to ever repair or touch up the paint, at least it can be done, as this car will be a weekend driver, not kept in a garage for the rest of its life.
So, while I am still working on small things like the door gaps and headlight door alignment, I am hoping within a months it will be in his shop with his crew getting it ready for paint.