Part 2 of 2 – Organizing and Equipping Your Garage
Setting up a garage for your restoration needs is the most important phase of your car‘s restoration. Without a properly equipped shop, you will not be able to rebuild your car correctly and safely.
A fireproof steel cabinet with self-closing doors is a must to store paints, thinners, aerosol spray cans, and other flammable products like lubricants, oils, and grease containers. The closing doors may be a real pain, however one spark from grinding or welding could cause a serious fire or explosion without it.
A metal garbage pail with a self-closing lid on it is a huge must have item to stash dirty rags till they can be disposed of properly. When it comes to protecting your garage against fire, you can never be too cautious.
One of the other most important things you’ll want to have is at least a couple of 10-pound fire extinguishers. In fact, two at both ends of the garage would offer even better protection. Also, have a bucket of sand and a large jug of water at the ready for those times when a fire extinguisher would be overkill.
Don’t forget to protect yourself as well. Safety goggles and safety glasses, several pairs of work gloves, dust masks and an OSHA-approved dual-cartridge mask for painting are essential. After all, what good would it do to restore a car if you won’t be around long enough to drive it!
Next Week: Online Classic Car Auctions? – Part 1 of 2