Auto Restoration

This 1969 Camaro was plastic media blasted to remove the old finish, glass bead blasted to remove the rust, and then professionally restored at a local restoration shop.

One of the first questions you face when repainting or restoring your collectible car is whether to strip the old finish or paint over it. For the longest-lasting and best-looking job, you are always better off stripping the car down to bare metal. You face two risks if you don’t remove the old finish. First, any new primer, sealer, or topcoat can react negatively with the old paint or bodywork underneath. Secondly, you run the risk of premature failure of the new paint. The best paint in the world is only as good as what’s beneath it. If you choose to paint over the old finish and it begins to crack or lift, you’ve wasted a lot of time and money.

When you decide to remove an old finish, there are several methods available. Sandblasting is not a good option as it will warp and pit the metal. Chemical strippers are time consuming (averaging about 10-15 hours to remove one layer). If the finish is a thick layer of baked on enamel, stripping can take twice as long. Chemical stripping is messy as well as potentially toxic. Disposing of the waste is complicated. Chemical strippers are not cheap. They average around $30 per gallon. It will take 5-10 gallons to strip an average size vehicle. Finally, you will need to remove the residue from the vehicle THOROUGHLY. Any leftover chemicals in crevices will ruin your new paint job through continued chemical reaction.

[uds-billboard name=”auto-restoration”] Today there is an alternative to both sandblasting and chemical stripping. Its called plastic media blasting. Plastic media blasting has become a popular way to strip paint in recent years. Although similar to sandblasting, new media has been developed to allow much greater control over what material is removed and how much is removed. The greatest advantage to plastic media blasting is that it will not warp or pit the metal. Choosing the right professional to gently and carefully remove the old finish and rust is very important. It’s possible for an inexperienced technician to damage or even ruin a body part by using improper media or methods that are too aggressive. At Eagle Auto Stripping, we specialize in removing paint and rust from both new and old vehicles alike. We use a combination of plastic and glass beads to gently and carefully remove the old finish and rust from the vehicle. If you are thinking about restoring an old vehicle, call the experts at Eagle Auto Stripping and have the paint and rust professionally removed.

Your investment in preparing the metal correctly is the best way to ensure the quality and longevity of the new paint, as shown below in this 1974 BMW 2002tii we completely stripped to bare metal using a combination of media blast and glass beads to complete the process.

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