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Patience, steady hand needed in vehicle painting

August 18, 2012
By Aaron Post - Staff Writer (apost@advertiser-tribune.com) , The Advertiser-Tribune

Affordable Auto Painting in Bascom offers custom paint jobs for vehicles.

"From cars to tractor hoods, we do about anything and everything," owner Doug Watkins said, flipping through a photo album of work done at the shop. "We do golf carts, too."

David Hufford Jr. is in charge of all painting and artwork on vehicles.

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PHOTO BY AARON POST
This is the result of four hours of labor by David Hufford Jr. at Affordable Auto Painting.

"This is something you have to have a steady hand and patience to do," said Hufford, 22.

He has been employed by Watkins since 2010 as a painter and finisher.

"The jobs get easier over time," Hufford said. "I've been around car shops since I was 14 years old. In the last two years, I've done over 250 paint jobs here."

Hufford talked of his recent accomplishments.

"Recently I finished pinstriping a 1979 Trans Am," Hufford said.

Pinstriping material comes in a vinyl kit and he lays it on in two days.

"There are 25 vinyl colors on hand to pinstripe with, but there are a total of 100 different colors to use in the 3M," Watkins said.

3M is a common brand of vinyl tape often used by car shops when pinstriping, Watkins said.

Hufford said it depends on the color of the car, but pinstriping colors often are gold, silver and black.

"Blue cars often get silver stripes and silver cars get black," Hufford said.

"One problem with using vinyl for pinstriping is it comes off easy and can fade in the sun."

Hufford said there is no room for second guessing.

"Once the decal is stuck, it has to be exact," he said.

Hufford admitted some of his best work was done through airbrushing and painting.

"It took me four hours to stencil and paint M&Ms onto a 2010 Ford Mustang," he said.

 
 
 

 

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