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By drronaldf20719687, Jan 18 2017 05:32PM

Winter time in Wisconsin means the cool cars are put away or are getting built. Needless to say, we have been very busy building some very cool cars this winter. 66 Lincoln, 79 Mercedes, 71 Nova, 55 Chevy Pick Up, 72 GMC, 66 GTO…..

With restoration, while the mechanical part is very important for performance and safety, it is the paint that gets the most attention.

Long gone are the days of the $39.99 Earl Schiebe paint jobs. A typical paint job without having to do rust repair easily can run $4-8000 for a basic driver quality. Higher end jobs can go $6-10,000 and top show quality can run $15,000+. Why?

Material costs, environmental regulations, sanding/masking/cleaning supplies, insurance and of course, labor. A basic paint job includes; removing trim, bumpers, etc… Removing the existing finish, filling or metal working imperfection, priming, block sanding, more primer, more sanding, sealing and then the color goes on followed by a clear coat. Then you have to put all the trim back on. Throw in a rust spot or previously repaired panel, and you have several more hours and materials tossed in.

Don’t forget, you have to re-mask at each stage!

Now that the paint is on and dry, it needs to be wet sanded (cut) and polished. Depending on the desired quality, this can be very labor intensive.

Most paint is well over $150 per gallon. Reds can run over $300 a gallon. Want a metallic, pearl or candy? Now you have doubled the paint cost.

The days of shooting a couple coats of lacquer in your buddy’s garage are long gone.

Be sure to keep this in mind when deciding on building a project car. You can save some money by doing some of the mechanical on your own. But when it comes to paint and body work, many shops will not want to work on previous repairs. We cannot guarantee paint unless we start with bare metal. Reason being, many paint brands are not compatible. Did you use a rattle can of lacquer primer?

Unfortunately, the only real way to save money on a paint job is to have a very clean and straight car to start with. So, if you have rust, dents or other damage, expect to pay for those repairs.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave below, Thanks!

66 GTO bad previoius body work
66 GTO bad previoius body work
Prep work
Prep work
1966 Lincoln jambed
1966 Lincoln jambed
1966 Lincoln fresh paint
1966 Lincoln fresh paint
1966 Lincoln Continental final assembly
1966 Lincoln Continental final assembly

By drronaldf20719687, Sep 29 2016 06:06PM

In one of my earlier posts, I described how we used modern technology to make a part for an older car. We used 3D printing to make an obsolete part.

One part of restoring older cars is dealing with chromed plastic trim and other parts. Until recently, the only way to somewhat duplicate the chrome was to use paint. Needless to say, the results were less than satisfactory. There was no way to get the deep shine of chrome with a spray can.

Early this year, I was watching an episode of Counting Cars. A reality show about a Las Vegas Customizing shop. In this episode, the painter was showing the owner a new “Chroming Process” using a spray on product. He went about applying the product and it quickly developed a beautiful, deep chrome finish. The owner was very impressed. So was I.

I began to do some research on this process called Hydro-Chroming. I found that not only can you do metal parts, but plastic, fiberglass, glass, concrete, and even wood. This would be perfect for all those arm rests, dash bezels and other interior (and exterior) trim parts.

We are now the only Authorized shop in North East Wisconsin to apply Future Chrome.

We can do the plastic trim, wheels, bumpers, light housings, or custom chrome any part for cars, trucks and even motorcycles. I have even seen motorcycle helmets get the chrome treatment!

For fun I plan to do my tablet back cover.

We can also do colored chrome finishes including; black, red, blue, green, yellow (gold), purple and many others. We can also do Candy finishes as well.

So, if you have old plastic parts needing new chrome, trim, bumpers or anything else chromed, give us a call! (920) 279-5521 local or (855) 490-1916 toll free.

To see some videos on the process and for more information, please visit Future Chrome

Original Painted Mirror to be Chromed
Original Painted Mirror to be Chromed
Chromed Mirrors
Chromed Mirrors
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