Auto Body Planning – How To Start A Classic Rust Bucket Project! πŸ’ͺ

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Hey, it’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint with another video for the Q&A series. Here’s a question from Michael Morris. 

β€œI have a 1950 Chevrolet. It is rust holding hands with paint molecules. Needs a bunch of work. Engine paint and body so on and so forth. 

Currently, I’m not going to be involved in the engine that much so I wanted to start with the paint body but as you can see in the picture, as far as the paint and body it needs everything inside and out. My question to you is how would you begin a project like this?

I’ve been giving some advice about all of the old head hot rod builders about taking off the dog house in the deck wood and all the panels and so on and so forth which seems like a massive amount of extra time. Now don’t get me wrong I want to take the time to do the job right but why add extra stuff too what I’m doing if I don’t have to maybe you understand what I mean. Should I work on the inside and the outside later or should I work on the outside and go in later. I would be very interested in what your thoughts are. Definitely appreciate your videos, emails and the VIP course. God bless.”

In a project like this, I’d like to look at the overall and see the things that need to be done, inside and out, like take out the metal trim, bumpers and grill. Take the whole interior apart as well. 

You can take the doors off too, if you want to get really in-depth with your project. The key here is to look at each panel at a time. 

The number one thing you need to do is media blast or sand since it looks like it’s pretty much rusted out all the paint. 

You can also pressure wash your car first. Check out businesses that offer pressure wash services in your area to start with.

It looks like it’s pretty much down to metal already and all you have to do is sand it down really well and get it down to metal. 

Focus on sanding one panel down to metal and see how far you can get. You can even get as far as putting a coat of filler on top of it. The next day you can do all the body work and getting it ready for primer. 

The third day, you can just epoxy prime. This will buy you time to start the rest of the car. It might take you a couple of months to finish this big project. But, the key here is to finish in sections at a time. 

Set a goal for yourself. You can work on 2-3 panels this week. Depending on how ambitious you are. πŸ™‚ 

It’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint. Hopefully, I’ve inspired you on how to do a big project like this. 

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