We found ourselves in a beautiful old Chicago warehouse that happened to be the home of an auto-body shop. Burt was hoisted up a car elevator to the second floor where we began to prep him for the sound deadening spray.
We're opting for spray-on Lizard Skin for the sound deadening of the lower half of the van. It was suggested to us by auto body professionals. It's made of small ceramic beads that can reduce engine and solar heat transfer by 30 degrees Fahrenheit as well as sound by 12 decibels or more. On the ceiling we'll be tacking up Fatmat.
Pro-Tips We Learned For The Interior Body Work
Have you ever struggled adhering tape to plastic sheets and then failed to get the plastic and tape correctly adhered the way you want? I always run into these problems. There are a few snazzy tricks we learned to mask off the car from the shop and I think you'll really enjoy them! We were in awe!
The Tape Roll Method
- Tape Lines: Instead of starting with the tape on the plastic, start by adhering the tape (sans plastic sheet) to your surfaces first. Press it on all the way.
- Tape Rolling: Create "tape rolls." Tape rolls can be made by folding a 7"-12" cut of tape onto the backside of another piece of masking tape (it's easy to just use a piece slapped on your thigh) then roll it back onto itself. It looks like the below:
- Line Tape Lines with Tape Rolls: Place the tape rolls along the tape lines.
- Additional Tape Rolls: Add Tape Rolls to ceiling and windows (see image below for how this helps keep large sheets of plastic stuck up with minimal effort.
- Press-on Plastic: Now you can just press the plastic onto the tape rolls and it will seal off your non-paint area.
- Remove Excess: After you have your plastic sheets in place. Use a sharp razor blade to cut along the tape rolls and cut away the excess plastic. You can cut into the top layer of the tape rolls if you'd like - this will ensure you don't cut into the metal/paint below. This also creates a sealed space along the edge which helps catch any overspray.
Milk Crate Seat
If you have removed the interior of your car but still need to drive it to move to different areas of a shop, you can place a milk cart in the front seat to sit on - ha! It makes me smile. This especially helpful for those of us who own manual transmission vans :)
Foil The Small Things
For foot pedals, parking brakes and small items, don't bother messing with plastic and tape - just cover them in foil! It's fast and reliable.
Walking The Plank
We had to lay down two coats of sound deadening in one day. Because the middle door had to remain closed, we ran into an obstacle in the middle section - how do we lay down the second layer of paint there without stepping all over the first layer? We got creative with a wood plank and made ourself a bridge. It made for some fancy looking spray paint maneuvers from Mike!
The spray went well and we were able to get it all done in a day. The improvement is major - we're no longer driving in a tin can!! Burt looks happy too :)