Car restoration is one activity that will leave you with an extreme sense of accomplishment. It is a hobby that requires dedication, time and money. Fords and Chevy’s are the two models that are the easiest to begin with as there are always parts available as the need arises.
Prior to any car restoration you will need to prepare your shop for the the task. Collect the materials 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 take the car apart you need to estimate what needs to be replaced and what needs to be repaired. In this way will ensure you are not wasting parts at any time during the car restoration project.
Take inventory of the parts as you pull them off by separating them into two individual boxes labeled repair and replace. Take pictures of them as you do this so you know what the car looks like with them on and off. This process will also help you in figuring how much money you will need and how long it will take you to complete the project.
Once you have all the parts removed you can begin 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 and fastest 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. Do not despair! Even if the car didn’t look bad when you purchased it you need to that this car has had a full eventful life. You only want to add to it right? So get busy and take that Sharpie to mark all the things that either need replacing or repairing.
It is time to repair all those dents, holes, and problem areas to get ready for sanding. You will use several grades of sandpaper during the sanding procedure beginning with 36 to 80. Once you have completed this step you are ready to apply the glazing. Begin with 220 wet grit sandpaper and advance to 800 wet grit sandpaper. This will leave your car with a hazy mirror image and also provide a preventative measure against scratches.
Your car restoration is finished! You are now ready to show off your beautiful car to the neighborhood with pride.