Easy Classic Car Restoration Processes

Restoring an old car is an exciting project to take on, especially if you have a paint booth. However, you have to begin by choosing a vehicle that’s worth your time and money. This may require the assistance of an automobile club or a restoration shop. After you find the automobile, you have to actually begin the process of restoring it, which can be done by doing the following.

Budget

Decide on a budget before you begin the project. If not, you might find yourself spending more money than you wanted. You must first begin by removing all the parts on the car. Basically, you want to take the car down to its frame. Be sure to keep them organized and labeled to make the process of putting it back together easier. You’ll want to do this in an area where you have plenty of room to take apart the car and keep the parts together. Keep in mind that a car that’s disassembled takes up triple or quadruple the room that an intact car takes up. As you’re taking apart the car, determine which parts are salvageable and what you must replace. At this point, you want to make sure that the body of the car is in good condition. A bit of rust on the exterior is nothing to finish, but if you’re looking at a rusted out frame, it won’t last long.  

Once the body is stripped down to the bare metal, you’ll need to remove even the smallest specks of paint since the new paint won’t stay on if you’re not removing the old completely by sanding, chemical dipping or sandblasting. Even if you use a high-quality paint and have one of the best spray booths, the paint job won’t be nice if you don’t  Your next step is to take a look at what you need to do to mechanically restore it. In others words, check to see which of the main components need replaced such as the brakes, transmission, engine, electrical and suspension. 

Paint

The next step is the paint job, which can be done in a paint booth. Spray booths will make it easier for you to complete these process. You need to make sure you have the body work done at this stage since even the best paint can’t make poor-quality bodywork look good. 

Assembly

It’s now time to reassemble the car with the new parts and the old ones. Keep in mind that putting together a car takes longer than disassembling a car, especially since you’ll want to make the automobile look its best, so you’ll take your time. You want to work slowly and carefully putting it back together, so that you don’t scratch, damage or knick a piece in any way, shape or form. Although this might seem difficult to do, taking your time is well worth it in the end, so you know it will be done right. 

Upholstery

After you have the entire car put back together, the next step is to reupholster it. This is an especially important step since the upholstery that was originally in it has more than likely become damaged over the years. If you’re looking to save money, you may want to just purchase an interior kit, so that you have everything you need. However, if you have the cash and want a custom look, feel free to find upholstery yourself. This is beneficial if you’re looking for a certain style or want to customize it. 

Finally, your car is completely refinished. You can now enjoy looking at the completed project. And if you want, you can even go out for a ride in it. You put the time and effort into the restoration process; now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.