Car restoration is one activity that will leave you with the utmost sense of accomplishment. It is an activity that demands dedication, time and money. Fords and Chevy’s are the two models that are the easiest to start with as there are always parts available as the need arises.
Before any car restoration you will need to arrange your shop for the the task. Gather the supplies needed such as a camera, a few cardboard boxes, a sharpie and some tags for labels. It is important to keep track of the parts that are taken off sooner rather than later. When it is time to start taking the car apart you need to know what needs to be replaced and what needs to be repaired. This organization method will ensure you are not wasting parts at any time during the car restoration process.
Take inventory of the parts as you pull them off by separating them into two individual cartons labeled replace and repair. Take pictures of them as you do this so you know what the car will look like, before and after. This process will also help you in estimating how much money you will need and how long it will take you to finish the project.
Once you have your parts removed you can start the cleaning process. The cleaning process of the car restoration entails the car be reduced to bare metal. This can be done through several methods although you will need to find one that you feel the most comfortable with. The easiest method by far is to have the car dipped in acid. This removes dust, rust, and other foreign materials.
You will be able to view the damage the car has been through once it is stripped. You very well might find rust holes, damaged floorboards, and dents. But do not despair! Even if the car didn’t look very bad when you purchased it you need to that this car has had a had a event-filled life. You want to extend it’s life right? So get busy and take that Sharpie to mark all the things that either need replacing or repairing.
It is time to mend all those dents, holes, and other areas to get set for sanding. You will use several grades of sandpaper throughout the sanding procedure starting with 36 to 80. Once you have finished this step you are now ready to apply the glazing. Begin with 220 wet grit sandpaper and proceed to 800 wet grit sandpaper. This will leave your car with a hazy mirror image and also offer a preventative measure against scratches.
Your car restoration is complete! You are now ready to show off your beautiful car to the neighborhood with well earned pride.