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No Paint Booth? No Problem

Posted in DIY, Guide, How To by Kurt Ernst | March 31st, 2011 | 1 Response |

Image: Jay Leno's Garage

One of the biggest challenges faced by backyard car restorers is paint. Good paint jobs cost serious money, which is fine if you’re restoring a high dollar ride, but what about those of us with more modest tastes, like a 1972 Ford Pinto? The car is easy enough to wrench on, but even the though of a same-color respray gives me a cold sweat since I don’t have access to a spray booth or sterile environment. There’s not much of a market for restored Pintos, so farming out for a pro-quality paint job is a money-losing proposition. If I were building a race car that would soon be trading paint anyway, I could probably do a passable job in the garage with an airbrush and a compressor. If I actually wanted to sell the car, the only cost effective option would be to do the prep work myself, then trust Maaco or Earl Schieb (“Any car, any color, just $99.95!”) for the paint. Yikes. As this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage shows you, 3M has a few solutions of interest to backyard car restorers everywhere.

Painting a car is still hard work, and there’s plenty that can go wrong. Still, if you’re careful with your prep work and clean up, the tools and chemicals shown should allow you to achieve a better than average result in your own garage. How you sell you wife on the idea of painting a car in the house, however, is your own problem.


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