It has been brought to my attention on more than one occasion recently that there is some confusion as to the level of involvement PAINTHOUSE had in the GAP Racing
project "Stampede", a recent Great 8 participant. I have no desire to mislead anyone, so let me attempt to clear the air.
Per a decision made by the owner of Stampede, PAINTHOUSE DID NOT BODYWORK, BLOCK SAND OR REFINISH THIS PROJECT AS A WHOLE. That portion of the Stampede build was handled by another shop, or shops, using PPG materials that we specified and/or created for the project.
Therefore, if you love the bodywork and think it is spectacular, we cannot take credit for that. If you like the colors, the depth of reflection in the paint job and cannot see where we had to "fix" it, then we say "Thank you!" and "we've got more coming your way".
After the car was painted, were asked by GAP Racing to do all we could to get the existing paint job up to Show standards. We did the best we could with what we were asked to work with, time being the biggest factor.
I have seen some misinformation in online posts, articles and even video of the build, so hopefully this will put everyone on the same page.
PAINTHOUSE was involved to the extent listed:
- creation of "Super Blue" & "Greyt8", the custom colors on the car (yes, they are for sale, through PAINTHOUSE, not PPG Refinish USA & Canada
. Not yet, at least...)
- repair of several areas of the concern in the car prior to its debut in Detroit (right door & fender had been chipped and had to be repaired and refinished, repair/refinish of rear lower valance as it had many bodywork pinholes and poor color coverage, repair/refinish of both L/R door jamb areas and latch pillars, repair/refinish of the windshield cowl panel)
- fill/sand/polish dozens of fisheyes in the existing clearcoat finish
- blocksand and re-clear the hood multiple times to remove unacceptable bodywork waves and to level the existing surface (in essence, using clear as a primer)
- block sand and reclear the right outer door panel to remove waviness in the existing panel
- final adjust the doors, decklid and hood to the best fit possible considering we didn't bodywork the car
- completely wet sand and polish the exterior of the vehicle to prepare for the debut in Detroit and to attempt to earn a spot in the Great 8
- prep, prime, refinish, wet sand & polish of the wheel's faces and inner hoops
- refinish of the inner roll bar cross brace as it had incomplete paint coverage.
I want to be very clear that Tim Palazzolo an @GAPRacing built this car. Tim and I consulted on many aspects of the car as he built Stampede and prepared it for its first show, however it was his vision and planning that brought Stampede to life.
On behalf of all of us at PAINTHOUSE, I cannot thank Tim enough for allowing us to be involved in a project of this magnitude. Making it into The Great 8 is a "bucket list" dream come true for not only Tim & GAP Racing but also for us at PAINTHOUSE.
I would be remiss if I did not also say that it was true a pleasure to work with the gents over at Compton Custom Interiors. Their "stitch-less" interior is something that has to be seen to be appreciated.
I firmly believe that "a rising tide raises all boats". Having said that, we at PAINTHOUSE want no credit that is not due us. We hope you like and appreciate what we were able to contribute to this fantastic little blue horsey and stay tuned to our PAINTHOUSE Facebook page, blog and website for some upcoming PAINTHOUSE projects that we CAN say we created!
Now - back to your regularly scheduled Sunday afternoon.
PS- the amazing 'notphotoshopped' image was taken by John Jackson of NotStock Photography
, a great friend and even greater photographer.