- 96 Pages
- 213 Photos & Illustrations
- Published in 2005
- Part of the Enthusiast's Restoration Manual Series
|How To Paint Classic Cars|
By Martin Thaddeus
• A complete, step-by-step, fully-illustrated guide
• Written by a paintwork professional
• All procedures fully explained and illustrated
• Preparing your workshop
• Colour mixing and matching
• The art of filling with lead
• Covers all stages, from paint removal to applying a new topcoat
• Packed with professional tips
• What to do if something goes wrong
• Get the professional classic car finish you’ve always wanted!
How to Paint Classic Cars is your practical, heavily illustrated guide to the art of achieving a first rate paint finish to your classic car, a finish to be proud of.
Taking you step-by-step through each stage of the painting process, from planning, preparation, and safety, to final painting and finishing, this book will give you the skills and the confidence you need for a perfect finish. Minor repairs, filling and undercoating, pinstriping, equipment care and cleaning, everything is you need to create a paint finish fit for a classic car, is covered, and with over 200 colour photographs illustrating every stage of the process. How to prepare your car and paint like a professional!
|Table of Contents|
Introduction: theory, the workshop, painting at home, safety
1- Minor repair sequence
2- Paint removal
3- Filler (includes lead loading)
7- top coat paint application
9- The finishing touch
10- What to do when it goes wrong
If you're confident enough to tackle painting your restored classic at home then you need all the help you can get and How To Paint Classic Cars aims to give you all the information you need before you make a mess of things. Starting with the basics of older paints versus modern technology, the book covers tools, colour matching, paint removal and the tricky business of actually spraying it.
Body repair techniques including panel beating, colour matching and surface preparation are also covered. Many of the illustrations cover modern cars but paint is paint after all. It doesn't detract from the information in the text and Thaddeus's work is undeniably comprehensive. If you're a first-timer or just hoping to refine your technique, this book could help you avoid some much more expensive mistakes.
Retro Cars Magazine
How many times have you seen a car for sale in the classifieds with the words 'just needs paint' Or read a feature on a car in a classic car magazine where the owner has been quoted as saying, 'I did all the work myself except for the paint'? It's obvious why paintwork is one of the jobs the home restorer is least likely to tackle by himself - for a start you need the luxury of enough clean, dry undercover space to work around your car, plus a modicum of specialist equipment, and even then it's very, very easy to get it wrong.
So, if you fancy painting your wagon instead of handing over thousands of pounds to a professional, you should definitely consider spending your first 16 quid on this 98-page softback that is squarely aimed at the have-a-go home restorer. It starts off helping you choose the right tools and consumables for the job, then goes on to describe colour matching, basic bodywork damage rectification, removing old paint, filling, masking, priming, flatting and finally, spraying. Then it tells you about blowing-in, finishing off, rectifying mistakes, and working with aturninium and glassfibre. It's well illustrated throughout, and while some of the photography isn't perfect, it's written in a very readable and informative style that doesn't speak to the reader as if he's either an expert or an imbecile. Whilst this book won't turn you into a professional body man overnight, it can certainly help you avoid the pitfalls and rookie mistakes that can make the difference between a fine home spray job and a right mess.
Classic American magazine