How To Paint A Classic Car

Knowing how to paint a classic car is a delicate and painstaking process. It doesn't simply involve attacking the car with cans of paint, but you need to dismantle the car beforehand. If you have a large enough space in your garage, as well as the right paint, you will be able to paint your classic car in a couple of days.

To paint a classic car, you will need:

  • Crowbar
  • Trim Removing Tools
  • Screwdriver
  • Power Sander
  • Hose (with water supply)
  • Cloth
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct Tape
  • Urethane Primer
  • Classic Car Paint
  • Paint Sprayer
  • Acetone
  1. Before starting, you will have to dismantle your car. It is highly recommended that you call a professional for this, unless you can handle it. If you wish to dismantle your car yourself, you should remember where each piece goes, so that you can put it back together with ease.
  2. Start by removing all trim. Gently pry apart such as the side mirrors, light guards, and bumpers. Removing the trim strips and emblems will generally require trim removing tools, otherwise they might break.
  3. Proceed by removing larger parts of the car, including the fender, hood, and trunk lid. Use a heavy duty screwdriver to gently unscrew and remove these pieces. To remove the windshields, first remove the chrome molding on the outside of the car, being careful not to scratch the glass. 
  4. Now remove the seats, carpeting, and other interiors. Gently dismantle everything, and keep it apart. You will now be left with a plain metal body, which can be painted.
  5. Before painting your classic car, you will need to prep it for painting. First use a power sander to gently sand the metal body of the car, taking care not to press too hard. If the paint you are using is the same color as the paint already on your classic car, you will only need to sand the surface till it is smooth. However, if you want to paint your classic car an entire other color, then you will need to sand the classic car until you are just left with the metal base. 
  6. Now you will have to wash and dry the car to remove any loose dust and grit. Use a hose to wash every inch of the metal body, and then dry it with a cloth.
  7. Use plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal all areas you don't want to paint, including the windows, windshield, and lights. This will ensure that no paint hits these areas.
  8. Spray the classic car with the classic car paint in an even, sweeping motion. Ensure that the paint doesn't clump (if it does, use acetone to clear the nozzle). Once the first coat of paint dries, you should spray it with a second coat.

 

 

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