Nice photo when spraying paint. Does anyone have picture of old spray guns?
Earl Sheib's first shop?
That brings back old memories, except for the age of the cars that looks to be the shop I did my apprenticeship in.
The paint would be nitro cellulose lacquer thats being used, its being sprayed from a pressure pot which you can see on the ground behind the painter.
Because NC lacquer dries so fast overspray did not float far so you only needed masking next to the actual area being painted.
No fancy masks needed ( or available at that time) but a good amount of solvent in the air if ventilation was poor which made some of us a bit tipsy. I worked with a guy who actually liked to get high on the fumes.
Great photo-you don't see very many body shop photos from that era.
can only wonder what those guys were breathing?
What are they breathing? Paint fumes. The guy in the middle is painting and the guy on the right is sanding. makes for a nice paint job. And yes, the quality of that paint job probably rivaled Sheib's
Almost time for a smoke break to get rid of the taste of all those paint fumes.
I bet that guy on the right is thinking, "I could get five bucks a day doing this at Ford".
Man those guys spraying paint in that closed building?!
But you have to remember the era. After a while you didn't notice the odor or the fumes. And after a while if you did it on a fairly regular basis your eyes were so red and glazed it really didn't matter.
You'd be flying high for a while. Kind of reminds me of a guy I knew who used a cutting torch with nothing but CLEAR? goggles to keep the sparks from getting into his eyes. He was almost blind by the time he was 50.