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Last September I started dismantling my 68 std. to get it ready for some new paint. Finally 10 months later I'm almost finished with the sheet metal work. The car is bare metal, although I have spray can primered all the parts I took off. My question is: Does anyone know if paint shops routinely accept cars in parts to paint? I'd like to get the fenders and extensions, valences and doors apinted before I put them back on. I'm afraid though that a shop might charge me a lot more. I had visions of painting it myself, but after reading some books I think it's not feasable.
 

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If you look for an independant shop they might. ususally the small guys will paint a bike if you ask, but most big places wont cuz its not worth there time to set up. Check your phone book and phone around. Most shops here are into insurance claim work, and wont take on resto work, there's no money in it, but the small guys will. Good luck.


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If you are going to have the parts apart then i would suggest giving it a go yourself painting is allot easier than you may think and if you mess up thats why they invented sandpaper. Besides if your going to be assembeling after you paint each item you will have to master paint anyways to repair chips incured during assembly, i dont care how carefull you are they always happen. My suggestion is use a good devilbus paint sprayer or like quality dont skimp. some may have had good luck with hvlp guns but i dont like the orange peal they leave and for the home user that doesnt need to worry about voc it is probably not the better choice. Follow the directions for the paint. The first mistake you did though is not matching your primer to the paint. not saying what you did is wrong it protected the metal which is first and foremost but it is always a good idea to buy the primer that is made for the type of paint your using. I have used dupont in the past but have been hearing allot of good things about sherwin williams so i will be using it on my next paint job. go slow take your time and save a group of money and then also be able to say i did it myself when people ask where you had it painted. By far some of the best paint jobs i have seen are from first timers doing it in their garage. Follow directions for whatever paint you choose and do some practice go get a old fender from the junk yard and prep and shoot this will be a great test and teach you to hold the gun correctly and spray pattern.
 

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Wayne, I agree with cougarguy, do it yourself, its really not difficult, and if you make a mistake, just sand off and redo. There are plenty of sites on the web which give you detailed info on what paint to use, how to apply it etc.
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Appreciate the input...

My concerns about doing it myself are from the enviromental standpoint. i.e having to use a respirator, fumes into the atmosphere, overspray and the neighbors, etc. If I do end up doing it my self, do I go with some sort of single stage or base/clear coat?
 

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Base/clear coat will last alot longer and protect the paint from the sun, my cat is at the body shop at the moment, why.......are we not doing it ourselves..........well, lots of rust, and as we have just discovered the metal under the paint is rusting, so its important to use the correct primer, I understand your hassles with neighbours etc, nothing worse than breathing in spraypaint, don't know what your laws are like that side, here you have to get permission from neighbours to do that sort of thing. the guy that is doing our car is taking it apart to do it seperately, don't see why you should have a hassle taking your parts in seperately, if they are going to do a good job you are just saving them the trouble of doing it. Try and find out from people who have had their cars resprayed who is the best, word of mouth is the best advert, the smaller guys tend to do better jobs, their reputations depend on it.
 

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I have the same problem. No room and a fancy, dancy neighborhood. Luckily I have a friend (well he's my friend now lol)who runs a small shop. It's more like a "body shop college"and they have "bodymen in training". (or maybe they're all ex cons who can't work anywhere else) Either way I can get most anything done cheap and in a day or so. I'll bring Pizza's for the guys every now and then to show my appreciation. It's amazing what a little thing like that will do. Before he hooked me up I had checked most of the local shops and they were ridiculous. They didn't have time to do resto or repaints...too busy with insurance work. The resto shops wanted $3-5,000 before I even told them what I wanted. Now I'd really be ok if he just let me use his shop and equipment lol When in doubt...do it yourself.
 

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My dream is to build a big workshop, with a pit etc, and enough space to do spraying, out of the weather, and out of prying neighbours eyes. We still hve to work on our two Kombi's and the Escort, at the moment they are all parked outside and deteriating daily, maybe I should change that dream to building a real big garage first and then a workshop.............:)
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I guess my hubby would be quite happy with that idea as well.
 
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