How to Paint Muscle Cars & Show Cars Like a Pro
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From the Publisher
When values of muscle cars increase to such an extent as they have lately, the care and detail spent on restoration becomes vitally important, putting them into the exotic and show car realm. Naturally, the most visible aspect of a full-blown restoration is the paintwork. Veteran author Tony Thacker teams up with LA-based award-winning painter extraordinaire Mick Jenkins to bring you this complete guide to show-quality painting. Included is all the information on how to create a show-quality finish, including chapters on making a plan, the tools needed for the job, complete disassembly information, repair versus replacement decisions, metal prep, the latest and best paint products, application, custom finishes, and more.
Mick Jenkins has spent more than 30 years in the refinishing business. He now operates Mick’s Paint in Pomona, California, and is one of the country’s leading custom painters. Mick poses here with his 1934 roadster. He’s now working on a similar 1932 highboy. (Photo Courtesy of Alex Maldonado/Blacktopsociety.com)
If the budget allows and you intend a full restoration, you may opt for a rotisserie such as this one from Auto Lift; however, they cost around 1,000 dollars. You can find used rotisseries, but be sure to get one that can support the weight of your body.
Walnut shells are a biodegradable, nontoxic, environmentally safe, and cost-effective material for blasting. The ground shells are coarse to extra fine, depending on the application. They are durable and can be reused in many applications. Supposedly, they remove matter from surfaces without scratching or pitting underlying material.
The End Result
Finished and being photographed for Street Rodder magazine, Bob Florine’s 1957 Ford Del Rio Ranch Wagon was conceived and built by Steve Strope’s Pure Vision Design with body and paintwork by Mick’s Paint. The wagon’s subtle modifications range from an Art Morrison chassis up through the stretched doors to the custom trim and the Thunderbird hood scoop.
Prep & Priming
The day before masking, the car was thoroughly cleaned with degreaser. It’s done the day before to ensure that all solvents have evaporated and are not trapped within the filler. Once the car has been masked and is ready to be sealed, it is wiped down with tack rags.
This particular project was to have a two-tone finish; to begin, the vehicle was masked so that the roof could be painted first, allowing the painter to concentrate on this large panel. The color is Aston Martin Bridgewater Bronze.
Finishing the Job
The final color sanding is a long and time-consuming job, starting with 1000-grit wet-or-dry and working patiently through 1200, 1500, 2000, 2500, and finally 3000 and always with a block. Miguel is using lots of clean, soapy water as he sands in opposite directions. Cross cutting ensures you will be getting it flat. Mick reckons they will typically make 100 passes with each grade of paper from 1500-grit and finer.
Publisher : CarTech; Illustrated edition (July 2, 2018)
Language : English
Paperback : 144 pages
ISBN-10 : 161325413X
ISBN-13 : 978-1613254134
Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.38 x 11 inches