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Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


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roscobbc

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Wed 13 Dec 17 19:00

Re: Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


Wasn't that many years ago that coachbuilt cars were hand painted.............


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L88

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Wed 13 Dec 17 19:18

Re: Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


The coaches at the Palace still are Ross but many moons ago I started a panel beating apprenticeship under the Government YTS scheme. I only lasted 4 weeks but I guess that makes me master painter.......

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Redlevel

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Wed 13 Dec 17 20:30

Re: Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


I've seen a few older cars and commercials that were hand painted and looking incredible. It takes a lot of prep and a good few coats of primer then undercoat then topcoat. For a complete job, it would cost about £100 for materials, but a lot more prep than usual and extended drying time (months) as its enamel paint, but the results are outstanding and comparable to a spray job.

One car I saw was a 1920's Wolseley that had a perfect paint job in black with such a depth and gloss that it looked like black glass..

Not to be confused with the brush jobs we did as kids.. I posted earlier a link to Craftmaster paint if anyone's interested.

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kentvette

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Thu 14 Dec 17 12:08

Re: Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


My first car, a 1959 Mini Van, turned out to be hand-painted. I knew the van as it belonged to a friend, but it was only when I bought it and gave it a good clean that I realised it was brushed. I think back in the 60's you could buy paint that would do a nice job with a brush. Mine was in a light grey, almost Ford Ascot Grey. Considering how many large-ish flat panels there are on a Minivan, whoever di the paint must have worked hard.


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Redlevel

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Thu 14 Dec 17 13:23

Re: Ropey C3's .... Where to Paint?


Valspar and Repaint were the two popular ones back then. 30% thinning and a bit of practice and you can do an excellent job. My brother did a few cars back then (Mantas, Volvo 164, Toyota Crown etc) done with a brush (primed with a mini radiator paint roller!) looking fine and glossy and sold on for a profit. Red and navy blue were his favourites applied with camel brushes.

If you look at vintage cars, classic commercials, trains, signage etc. Most are brushed with not a brushmark to be seen. For a £100 all in, its fine for a regularly used classic and if you wish to sell it on, and need a spray paint job to impress a buyer, then its just a matter of keying the surface, sealing it and applying top coat and lacquer as the prep is already done.

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