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How to Choose the Perfect Color

Classic cars are usually prized possessions of their owners. After all the mechanical work has been done to get it back to full working order, painting is usually the last step in the process.

However, just because it's the last step doesn't mean it's the least important step. In fact, painting vintage cars is probably the most important task in a restoration. Because that's what you notice first.

Here are some useful tips to follow when painting valuable possessions such as classic cars.

3 ideas for choosing the perfect color for your vintage car

This is a personal choice but should be made with caution, especially if you have restored your old car with the intention of selling it. Much like choosing paint colors for your home, there are do's and don'ts.

Choose the dominant colors of the car: black, red, white, navy blue, cream, gray, etc. These are traditional colors that never go out of style.

It's not as trendy and unlikely to scare away shoppers as, say, lime green.

If you're having trouble deciding on a color, try one of the following options for ideas:

  1. Choose the original color of the car: this is also an easy "sellable" option. For example, your ad could say, "Nicely restored vintage car, right down to original color." Classic car buyers tend to like cars that have as much of the original look and feel as possible, including color.
  2. Check out classic car magazines: Again, just like interior design magazines, these magazines provide tons of color ideas - most likely colors you may not have considered before.
  3. Ask other vintage car enthusiasts: It's always good to get a wide range of opinions from those who share your passion for vintage cars.

You can use any or all of these tactics. Although the paint isn't permanent, you don't want to go wrong just because it can be changed. Getting the color right the first time means you can sell - or start profiting from - the car much sooner.

The above color selection ideas are for those who want to sell an old car. If the car is for your personal use, choose what your heart desires.

Classic Cars: How to Choose a Professional Paint Shop

Now that you've taken the time to choose the perfect color, it's time to choose someone to do the job. Here are some tips for choosing the right store.

Make sure the paint shops you choose have been in business for a while. This is important because it means they will have all the tools and equipment needed to do the job well.

Vintage cars are valuable possessions that owners want to protect against dust, dirt, rust and wear and tear. A reputable paint store will be able to provide you with information on the different types of paint finishes you can use to protect against all of this.

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