Painting a Classic
Did you know that today it can easily cost $15,000 to paint a car the size of a GTO convertible? And that doesn’t include any accident damage or rust repair. A good restoration shop will strip the car back to bare metal, take all trim and glass off, remove the hood, trunk doors and soft top, and reset body panels if necessary to ensure gaps are correct – and then they paint it. So you’ll never know it’d ever been painted – no tape lines, no overspray, no unpainted surfaces.
Of course once you have nice shiny paint, all the bright work that didn’t look bad at all before now looks like hell, as does the glass, the rubber gaskets and just about everything else, and on it goes – welcome the restorer’s trap!