Jeff Silver is Roush Fenway Racing’s paint and body shop manager and has been working in racing for 12 years. His department of 12 at the race shop is responsible for bringing to life the designs sponsors select for RFR teams. Jeff talks about the process of taking a bare metal car and getting it ready to race on track.
What is the process of getting a car painted and ready for the race?
“Usually when we get the car, it’s bare metal. First we spray the chassis gray on the inside. Then it leaves the chassis painter and goes to finish fab and it gets all the interior panels put into place. Once it leaves the first finish-fab stage, it comes back to the body shop where we bondo the car and fit it on the template. We then prime the car and sand it down. We cover the entire car in gray and then paint it UPS brown. Once we get the car painted, we decal it a few days later. That part includes putting on all the sponsor logos, the driver’s name, associate sponsor stickers, and other design elements.”
How long does it take to get a car done from start to finish in the paint and body shop?
“It typically takes about three days for us to complete a car and we try to work two to three weeks ahead of time to make sure we have enough time to get everything done.”
What happens if there is paint or decal work that needs to get done at the track?
“If one of the teams happen to scrape the wall during practice, we have to be able to get that car looking the best it can in time for the race. On the haulers we have everything we need to fix the car. We have vinyl that we paint and have spare graphics to replace anything that may have been damaged. “
Read more about how the No. 99 car was designed for the race this weekend.