Thinking About Updating to Custom Paint on Your Hot Rod? Consider This
It's pretty incredible how much a great custom paint job can make an already fantastic hot rod or classic car pop. Our recent work on Greg Weld's 1940 pickup is an excellent example of this. In the photos below, you can see how this vehicle looked before our custom paint work, and then how it looked afterwards. After quality paint work, this vehicle simply looks brighter and grabs more attention on the road. It was also this stellar paint job, as well as the other fantastic restoration work our team at Customs & Hot Rods of Andice completed in concert with owner and our friend Greg Weld, that lent this pickup to winning both the Best on RS and Builder's Choice awards at the 22nd Annual PPG Nationals.
Now that you know the difference that paint can make, are you ready to change up the colors on your hot rod or classic car? If you're still not sure, consider the following key facts of automotive paint jobs:
What to Consider With a Custom Paint Job
- Everything will need to be removed. Quality custom paint is not something that can be done in just a couple of hours. To do a good job requires that we remove everything from your vehicle. This starts with removing body panels but also often includes removing the seats, dash, and pieces of trim as we ensure the entire vehicle can be painted without mistake. We also want to remove the body panels so that we can ensure every inch is painted and that you don't have any old colors or rust showing. When researching different automotive paint shops, if you notice a big difference in price, then this is most likely the step cheaper shops are leaving out.
- Careful prep work is a necessity. Once the hot rod or classic car has been stripped down and everything removed, the next step is the prep work. Any existing clear coat and paint must first be removed without damaging the underlying metalwork. After we complete this step, our team will check for any dents and similar imperfections that we will then properly smooth and seal as needed. Once the vehicle is ready for paint, first we apply a few coats of a quality primer to ensure that the new custom color properly adheres. This is a big step that requires a lot of precision work and, often, a lot of sanding. Again, you can tell the difference in quality different automotive restoration shops can offer by their rates and quotes for this stage. Cheap shops will try and rush it, which often results in a poor quality paint job that won't last.
Set Up an Appointment With CHRA to Learn More
Interested in learning more about custom paint and the different steps required to transform your vehicle? Contact our team at CHRA today to get information about this type of restoration work and see some great examples of other work we've done and are in the process of completing.