Restoring cars is a booming industry. Most of us have seen snippets of how this works in popular shows in History or Discovery channel. The episodes often showcase an overhaul of an old vehicle, highlighting before-and-after scenarios that can leave us in awe.
The business pays off, gives tons of room for creativity and innovation. Restorers customize a car, paint it, and generally soup it up per the customer’s specifications. The process is rigorous, meticulous, and methodical.
The workload for restorers is myriad. It begins with a thorough understanding of everything there is to know about the car and the model, in addition to its production year and the particular blueprint and placement of its hardware. Another job is devoted to mechanics. There must be a certified mechanic present, who knows the ins and out of the vehicle and is adept in welding, upholstery and trim work, drive train repair, and the like.
The more artistic side of the job is the painting. But before the assigned painter begins, he or she must be very aware of what the client wants. A keen knowledge of decals, vehicle painting styles, and the car color palettes is likewise crucial here. Plus, the shop owner must understand that a chunk of the restoration asking price should be funneled to materials and tools for such, including paint masks, primers, and spray guns.
Most importantly, an in-depth assessment of the car’s state and damage must be conducted first. No restorer should agree to a job without thoroughly examining the vehicle’s situation. One must be able to fully inform the customer if repair is a more pressing concern, and offer quotations based on the extent of restoration needed.