Bodywork for a muscle car restoration requires a lot of work which is why we have specialized in full car restorations because we intend to provide the best quality services to our clients. Bodywork is one of the important phases when it comes to restoring a classic muscle car. It’s one of the finishing touches that separates the men from the boys. The exterior is the first thing someone looks at, if there is even the slightest dent it will show as a bad reflection of the entire vehicle. Here are some tips on what goes into bodywork.
The hammer can be used directly on the spots depending on how you want to shape the metal. However, you will have to to combine it with the dolly to smoothen the damaged door skin. However, to attain its original shape you will need accuracy and force the end of metal parts by moving the position of the two tools. Besides, inducing light blows to work on both spots of the body panel will be more effective.
Dent repair involves repairing and area to attain its original shape. This can be done by using a dolly and a hammer. However, you need a special spoon instead of hammer since it is an alternative spoon kind of a flat hammer. After that, you will have to raise the low parts to a standard level that corresponds to the other parts of the metal.
As far as selecting paint goes acrylic enamel is recommended for cars require a full paint job. The good thing with acrylic enamel is it that it does not have to be rubbed out. However, you want to make sure when you apply the paint that it is done in a room that is free from any dust or else you may run into issues.
Before laying down the paint, every inch of the exterior body has to be spotless. This means absolutely no dirt whatsoever. Make sure to thoroughly wash and wipe down the body. Wash the metal surface with grease remover and wax and apply the cleaner on it allow it to dry and once it has dried use microfiber cloths to pick contaminants and microscopic dirt.
Next step is primer filler. You want apply this on all the areas you are about to paint, then sand with a dry block in between each coating before you go apply the final paint.
Now you are in the final stretch, it’s time to tape. This isn’t the time to cut any corners so make sure you use good quality masking tape. You want to cover all the areas that you will be painting which includes the windows and wheels. Remember to take your time when lining up the tape and a very steady hand.
Your dream car is now ready for painting which we will cover in the next blog.
Hopefully this gives you some insight on the bodywork that needs to get done when you are restoring your classic muscle car. If you are interested in getting your classic car restored, including bodywork, but don’t have the time or resources contact us today for a consultation and a quote at (561) 729-0911.