How to paint a classic car?

Classic car prepared for painting

One of the reasons why such vehicles are still so loved and popular all around the world is their unmistakable look of classic elegance. That’s why, in classic car restoration, car parts are not the only important elements. Often it’s the quality of the paintwork that decides whether the overall presentation of the car will satisfy the investor.

Define the problems

Pinpointing even the smallest details that may require attention is incredibly important before any work involved in your car restoration project starts. This enables you and the specialists working on the project to create a realistic schedule and estimate the amount of money necessary to carry it out. Remember that a car that spent years in unfavourable conditions and without proper maintenance is very unlikely to be in a good state and will need more work and preparation before the painting process can start.

The painting process

There are a few steps that have to be taken before the first layer of paint can be applied. This is the only way to ensure that the effects will be not only pleasing to the eye but also long-lasting.

Choosing the paint

When choosing the paint, you need to consider what the aim of your car renovation project is. Duplicating the exact shade will often require mixing various paints because many of the colours that were popular back in the day may no longer be available. That’s why, if you want to restore your car as close to its original state as possible, this can make finding the perfect colour a bit more complicated.

Classic car after painting

Preparing the car for painting

Before the paint can be applied, it’s important to prepare the body of the car properly. At the very beginning, it should be sanded in order to remove the old layers of paint together with rust, rot, and dirt accumulated throughout the years. Classic car sandblasting is a quick and effective way of completing this task. Even though some people fear the effects sandblasting can have on their cars, you don’t have to worry. At Doctor Classic, we combine knowledge with years of experience and use this technique to clean and smooth the surface without risking any damages.

Once all the surfaces are already smooth and clean, it’s time to rust-proof them. After all, when you put a lot of money into a classic car restoration project, you don’t want to risk losing it to corrosion. That’s why applying preventive measures is an essential step in securing your investment and making sure the work conducted during this entire process is of the highest quality. The next step of preparation involves coating the body of the car with special primers. This will help us make sure that the paint not only looks good right after being applied but remains in good condition for a long time.

Applying the paint

Once the preparation phase of the painting process is over, the vehicle has to be dried because any moisture underneath the paint can influence the quality of paintwork. To get the best coverage and make sure we don’t miss even a single spot, we apply multiple layers of spray paint. This enables us to give your classic car a beautiful colour and restore it to its former glory.

At Doctor Classic, we use our experience and knowledge gathered through the years of working on restoring classic cars to achieve great results in every single project we work on. Although we do not offer sandblasting and repainting as separate services, they are included in our full car restoration offer.