Although vinyl companies will proclaim, “paint is dead,” there’s no truer alternative to a fresh coat. But, not all of us have the budget to hand our rides over to the greatest paint masters in the land, and have to go a bit more mainstream to get the job done.
Hot Rod decided to provide a few helpful tips on how to maximize your experience when handing your car over to a budget paint shop. The vehicle they’ve decided to showcase is their ongoing 1974 Chevrolet van project. Admittedly, the van wasn’t in the greatest shape exterior wise. With rust poking through, and plenty of bondo, a new coat of paint was most definitely needed.
Before handing your car over to your local budget paint shop, Hot Rod says a few simple steps can save a lot of headaches after the fact. The point is this: you get what you pay for. Places which are easier on the wallet won’t have the eye for detail we come to appreciate as gearheads.
So, take off any trim you don’t want to see painted. That includes around the windows, the doors or any place rubber and plastic trim calls home. Tape the car off yourself, too. This not only makes the process quicker for the paint shop, but you have the peace of mind knowing what you’ve taped off is off limits. That includes headlights, trim you can’t remove, etc. This can even be done in the parking lot before the car goes in for its makeover.
Finally, a few new bits can go a long way too. A can of spray paint can go right over any portions of the car where overspray is apparent. In the video, the wheel wells of the 1974 Chevrolet suffered from a coating of overspray, but it was nothing a few dollars couldn’t fix. New side markers and turn signals will keep things looking fresh, also.
Hot Rod details everything you need to know about making the most out of your budget paint work in the video below, so check it out for yourself. And, there’s a Q&A on Roadkill for your pleasure, too! Everyone loves some Roadkill.