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Cleaning up Your Classic Car from Rust and Patina

Are you looking for a tried and true method for cleaning up your classic car? Maybe you’ve just inherited a classic car and you’re looking for ways to improve its longevity. Or maybe you are in the market for a classic car and just want to ensure that you know how to handle a restoration job when you become the new owner. At JD’s Auto Repair, we take pride in being able to offer our customers excellent advice and quality customer service. We can help you take care of rust, or patina on your classic car. With a classic car free from rust or patina, you’ll be turning heads in no time.

Rust repair isn’t that difficult, but it can be more time-consuming than most customers expect. You should plan to spend roughly $00 on supplies, such as sandpaper, primer, masking tape and cloth. You’ll also need a polishing compound and some kind of paint to use for touch-ups. At JD’s Auto Repair, we can help you get started with the initial set-up if you need assistance. Most classic cars were probably painted with a base coat. You’ll need a base coat and a clear cost for your project.

The first step in cleaning up your classic car is masking the entire vehicle to protect it from paint and overspray. You can use poly-sheeting to do this. The poly sheeting can be cut to fit around the door openings as well as over the hood. It’s important to cover any areas that you don’t want to see damaged from paint or sprays. Next, you’ll want to sand down the rust spots, or patina, to the bare metal. There are many kinds of sandpaper to use, but it is recommended to have both a 120-grit sandpaper, as well as a 220-grit sandpaper on hand.

The next step in taking care of your classic car is to apply the primer. Spray the filler primer in heavier coats to cover the area that you are working on. You can move the spray can around the surface and blend in the areas as best as possible. You’ll next want to apply the colored base coat. Some people find that getting through each step is a challenge. If this happens, you can always call on JD’s Auto Repair. We enjoy helping our customers get their classic cars looking great, and we’ll do whatever we can to assist.