Do you have something special sitting in your garage that needs a little TLC? Maybe you’ve got grand plans for it like an SR20DET swap, or maybe you just want to fix it up and have a clean ride; it doesn’t matter if you’re an average enthusiast, a weekend gear-head or an all out […]
Rattlecan paint jobs have gained a negative reputation in recent years as it seems any 16-year-old kid is all-too-eager to ruin his perfect factory paint in the hopes of giving his car that “street racer” look. For those of us who have mismatched panels, badly oxidized paint, etc… it can be a cheap temporary alternative to spending all your project budget on the real thing. Depending on your skill level and patience, you can come out with results that rival the real thing.
From Salvage to Showroom Shine—Bringing Paint Back From the Dead It began with a phone call. A friend had just bought a bargain-basement-priced 1990 240sx.Although it was mechanically in good shape, the paint job was trashed. It was badly oxidized on the hood, trunk, and roof—with a chalky pallor and no reflectivity left at all. […]
The original thread from the Mopar forums has been around long enough for this technique to have been applied with varying results to several other types of cars. While it can create a smoother, more even finish than rattlecans and can last longer than the typical $250 job that Maaco offers, the results are entirely dependent on the amount of time you devote to the job.
Claying One of the most frequent questions I get asked is regarding claying. Many people ask if it’s a necessary step and what benefit they get from it. The best way for me to describe it is by using your own skin as an example. Your skin, like a car’s paint is under assault from […]
Replace that saggy, torn, or rotted headliner with this easy to follow tutorial!