This morning Rob finished masking up the Charger before painting the stripes on. So after Rob and Jamie spent 4 or 5 hours applying the stripe masking kit and masking up the car, it took Rob only a few minutes to actually paint the stripes.
Rob and Jamie then another 4 or so hours to remove the stripe mask, apply the R/T decals and to re-mask the car ready for the final clear coat. And you guessed it...it took Rob no time at all to apply the clear coat.
This high ratio between hours spent prepping a car versus the time actually spent applying paint is normal. When I first got involved in the car restoration business, I was amazed to find out that painters spend very little time actually painting! The vast majority of their time is spent sanding, shaping and masking. Good prep is essential for any good paint job.
When I left the paint shop this afternoon, Rob was getting ready to apply the final clear coat. Tomorrow he will unmask the car and start sanding the entire car once again in preparation for the final cut and buff.