Driving the Long Mile
In many cases, repainting a classic car will not always affect its resale value, but in most cases, it will improve it greatly. The colour that the car is being painted will have a significant impact on the car's value. With most classic cars there are some colours that are more desirable than others. You can research the colours that add the most value to your specific classic car before selecting the paint colour, as you may wish to restore it to its original look, rather than modernize it. Of course, that may not be important to you and you may choose to paint it any colour you wish depending on your preferences. It’s your car or truck!
Beware Old Paint
To avoid the headache of trying to match the paint you want to apply to the existing paint on the antique car. If so, you will need to remove the primer and expose the bare metal. The paint on older cars may be incompatible with modern water based paints and gel coats.
Sometimes it is difficult to find the right paint for your classic car. Vintage cars are often sold in colors that are no longer popular. For that, hobbyists who want to duplicate a dependable look will need to search for specialty paints. Vintage care restoration services can often carry vintage colour options for mixing paints that will achieve a specific appearance. Your local auto refinishing body shops may also help with sourcing.
It Takes Time
It’s never clear how long restoration of an older vehicle will take, but it is long. Some suggest it typically consumes 1,000-plus hours, and the paint and bodywork could amount to 500 to 600 hours, more if the body needs major work. But it all depends on the type and age of antique vehicle of course. But whatever it is, it is usually worth the effort!
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