Painting the Undercarriage

Painting the Undercarriage

October 2014

The hand car wash near the house where I grew up used to have a whole big setup for those extra cost wash options, things like the clear coat protector, sealer wax, hot wax, and my personal favorite, the undercarriage wash.  My parents, sensible as they were, didn’t ever pay extra for what’s probably the same crappy soap they use at the beginning of the wash but with coloring added.  But I used to love to watch as some sucker’s car rolled through that part of the wash because, in typical Hollywood fashion, it was a show when those sprayers came on.  Flashing lights, bells, neon signs, and those multiple colors of fabulous pastel foam made it really exciting to go to the car wash.  The undercarriage wash, thanks to Turtle Wax, had a sign of a very happy turtle being sprayed from underneath, and when an undercarriage wash began, the light bulbs around the sign would flash and the smiling turtle would light up.

That’s kind of how I feel as I paint the underside of the Disgustang.  It seems like it’s happy to be clean and shiny underneath.  And as I lay on additional coats and finish the wheel wells, it gets happier and happier.  Naturally, there are some pretty nasty smells involved in doing this, and unlike the undercarriage wash, I have to wear a full Tyvek crawl suit and full-face respirator so I don’t give myself some terrible respiratory disorder, but still…it’s coming along nicely!

I’m using Eastwood’s Extreme Chassis Black satin finish over Extreme Chassis Black Primer, and I’m very impressed with the product.  Both the primer and the top-coat are very easy to apply; the spray nozzles they provide are top-notch.  And the finish seems to be very durable, which is part of the difference between the regular chassis black and the extreme version.  Like all spray painting, there are very specific instructions to follow, but I’ve followed them to the letter and have gotten flawless results.  I’ve painted the undercarriage and the engine compartment as one big piece since they connect at the firewall.  The picture with this post shows the great results I’ve been getting.

Note: This is a status update post to catch readers up from my 18-month posting hiatus.  For simplicity, this entry is written as if it had just recently occurred, however it actually happened in October 2014, as noted above.