Wednesday’s Paint

Today’s “Office” discussion was about paint compounds and how to use them properly to bring back the shine to Bob’s old patina 40 sedan. He has done the deck lid with good success and is now starting on the quarter panels. There are several quality products on the market but I always stick to Meguires products or 3M Imperial hand polish. The discussion ended with a trip back to the paint store to obtain some good compound with a one step process. Bringing paint back to life is no easy task but when you make it happen you have earned your stripes.

Another area of concern is the matching of the old Ford paint colors to today’s paint standards.  For example, if you purchase the CMG paint from PPG in a single stage versus a base coat clear coat the two colors are different. I prefer the single stage for ease of painting but most shops use the BCCC method with good results. My friend George, is painting his delivery Washington Blue using a single stage and the color is beautiful. If he adds the clear coat the color will change due to the top coat. Both paints have their advantages so the choice is up to the painter.

The final discussion was the cost of a good paint job today in a quality body shop. My friend Chip does a lot of Corvette work and a first class paint job will set you back $15-20K depending on how much body work is required. It is not uncommon to hear complete show car paint jobs costing $40K. I am not sure what you get for that but for me it would have to include the car. We have home painters in our area that will turn out a decent paint job (no body work) for under $10K. If you have the car paint ready you can hire a painter to shoot the car for around $1500 or less depending on how many pieces he has to shoot.

In conclusion, set your budget, do some research, and make your choice. Remember, a bad paint job can ruin and otherwise perfect hot rod.

We are off to the Kennedy Boys tomorrow so …..

Stay Tooned!


Real nice paint will attract a crowd even if they don’t like the color. This dark version of Washington Blue really looks great on this 35 convert.

Reflections in the paint show the skill of the painter and body man who made it straight. The Camel colored wheels look nice against the blue car.

A black car really must be straight to look this good. This is a Wescott body that has had a lot of preparation prior to paint.

Finding a real Deuce phaeton in a garage in central LA can be rewarding. You will need to bring the Regency red lacquer back to life with lots of elbow grease and a good quality buffer.

Mr. Forty, Bob, is an accomplished painter and is just putting together this CMG 40 pickup. He has the process down to a science and knows when not to “spray just one more coat”.

Bob also paints the chassis and components. You can obtain a slicker finish and fill in the pits with bondo when you paint them versus powder coating. I like the Chevrolet orange motor. Andre will have this color engine also.

He can also paint black that turns out a mile deep. Again, the prep work is what drive the cost up on a good paint job.

Another quality painter is Alloway. He is known for his high end black paint jobs. I first met Bob when I lived in Atlanta and he worked for a Ford dealer. He built 33/34 Ford coupes that were show winners. Bob has built a strong following for his quality work.

It is much easier to paint a lighter color like the Cordoba Tan 35 coupe. The prep work is still time consuming as you have lots of parts to paint and repaint. The stance is perfect on this killer coupe.

In the early days of customs lacquer was used to make the car really shiny. This old custom from Rik’s collection is one of my favorite. Note the absence of a dropped axle in the early 40’s.

Today’s Hot Rod!

George has one of the best paint jobs around on his 40 deluxe coupe. Many hours and lots of $$$ were spent to make it look like this. How about the stance? Perfect!


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  2. Reminds me of the 48 woodie I bought in Reseda SFV in 12/67. Paint was badly oxidized so with common rubbing compound we rubbed ourselves silly to bring the Chinese red back to life. Come to find out oxidized was in shiney was out!! What did you expect from a kid from the east coast! By the way the car is currently for sale in Del Mar for 100K. I paid the equivalant of $795 back then. Time is a thief! Bill.

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