Should you take you Mustang to a body and paint shop or should you do-it-yourself? This is a big decision and will hinge on your budget and you ability to complete the job yourself. There are pros and cons that come with either choice; continue reading this article for some insight to help you make your decision. Continue reading How to Paint a Classic Mustang
The preparation you do to your Mustang prior to body and paint will depend on the level of restoration that you are after. If you just want fresh paint on a daily driver then you can probably drop it off at the paint shop and let them go at it, leaving any disassembly and removal of parts up to the body shop.
Having all of the Mustang sheet metal available for the body shop is important if you don’t want to hold up the progress, but it’s inevitable that you will more than likely have something on backorder that causes a delay or you will have one of those surprises that requires you to order parts that you didn’t think you needed. Continue reading Getting your Sheet Metal Parts Together
Should you have your Mustang blasted? I would say yes, others will say no; it all depends on your depth of restoration. If you want to expose any possible problems that may be hiding under the old paint job or road grime on the undercarriage media blasting is the way to go, but be prepared for those surprises; what may look like a small rust problem on the floor pan can turn out to be a complete floor pan replacement. Continue reading Media Blasting (sand blasting)
Does it make a difference if you restore your Mustang with imported or U.S. reproduction sheet metal? Should you purchase Ford Licensed or products produced with Ford tooling? I think in some cases yes, but it really depends on your budget, your goal and whether or not you are concerned about receiving a part that’s not quite up to spec.
After all of the paint has been removed from the body and all of the undercoating has been stripped a few surprised may appear that weren’t apparent prior to media blasting. The panels may not align as well and there may be structural problems like rust and previous repairs that are not up to snuff. All and any of these problems should be identified prior to beginning the body and paint process. Continue reading Dry Build – Pre Body Work Inspection
When I took over the job of doing the body work myself I started with a dry build to see how all of the panels lined up then marked and photographed all of the issues.