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- Body & Paint Shops near San Diego, CA
April 25, 2006, 7:37 am
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Got a 1966 Chevy II thats been in the family since it was purchased.
It's a daily driver and will continue to be used this way for the
foreseeable future. It recently got hit in the front fender so it needs
some body work. Its probably got 10 or so layers of paint on it. Rust
spots are popping up at typical locations.
I'm looking for a good body & paint shop in or near San Diego that does
good work on old cars.
Please share your recommended shops with me.
Thanks in advance,
Re: Body & Paint Shops near San Diego, CA
All my cars have been in my family since purchased. ;)
Kidding aside, nice car. I can't recommend a body shop in your area, but
I will say if it has a lot of paint on it, find a dry-stripping or
plastic media stripping/blasting place that will take the time to prep
your car properly and blast it without tearing it apart. You should
remove all trim, but that's about all you need to do.
It's not that hard, I used to work at a place that plastic blasted cars
(running condition) all the time. Plastic generates next to no heat like
other media or (God forbid) acid dipping, yet removes all bondo, lead,
solder & paint from steel leaving it very easy to assess damage and
retoration options. It should run you about $1000 to strip the car to
bare steel from the rockers to the roof including masking. Time in the
booth is only a couple ours. I used to do it all the time and the
results are fantastic. You'll be stsarting with clean steel and any
damage will be not onlly easier to see, but easier to work on. Painting
a car on the outside only is also not that bad $ or time wise and doing
this will give you results you can be proud of.
I'm doing the same thing with a 1950 Willys Wagon. It's coming along
real nice and not costing an arm & a leg. I'll save those to pay for gas. ;)
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