5 Tips For Restoring Used Cars
July 13, 2014 Roger
Restoring used cars can be a rewarding experience for those with basic mechanical aptitude. Even if you are not in a hurry to restore your old car, you will still need plenty of patience. Here are some useful tips for restoring your second-hand car.
Set a budget
The first step is to set a budget for the interior and exterior restoration project. Be realistic about how much to spend as you need to consider the overall condition of the vehicle. Calculate whether it will be worth spending the money on replacing parts, or would you be better off buying another car. The cost of mechanical repairs must also be considered.
Check for rust
Even if you have kept your vintage car in the garage for many years, it will still be susceptible to rust. If you are replacing the seats, check to see the frames don’t have rust on them as they can damage the new seats. Remove the existing carpet to check the floorboards, and if there is any evidence of rust, use a sandblaster to remove it.
Use professional and quality parts
Using good quality vintage parts from salvage yards or classic car dealers for your restoration project is essential. You may even find reputable online dealers that can offer you quality parts. Spending a little more on parts means your car will last longer.
Prepare for lots of space for the project
Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes people make when restoring their old car is to assume that they won’t need much space for this task. If you think you can use half of your garage space to get your vehicle in good shape again, think again. This type of project takes up a lot of space, tools, time, and requires more than one person to work on it at the same time. Be sure to prepare plenty of room for your restoration project before starting the task.
Restoring your car’s colour
There are so many different types of paint available that you may get confused. Selecting the right paint to refinish your old car can be a frustrating decision. It is best to pick the type of paint that matches your car’s era. If you want to upgrade the colour, choose durable urethane as it will last much longer. The correct paint is an important part of the refinishing process and can affect your car’s value.