So you're thinking of having a car or truck restored? Here are some helpful tips for you when you are picking out a shop to do your project.
-See some of the shops previous work-
1. Always ask to see a car or truck that was restored 2-4 years ago. This will show the quality and longevity that you can expect from the shop. (I like to see my old restorations after 9-10 years most of them are still show worthy.)
-Your first impression-
1.Body shops can vary quite a bit. New style, Old style. If you come into a shop that is spotless it is likely they haven't done much work out of the place.
Sweat and oil do not go well in a body shop. Oily surfaces mean bad adhesion. Which means terrible paint jobs. Make sure your potential shop has a good policy about keeping oil and sweat off of the cars. I think staying clean in a shop is very important step to a nice restoration.
-Leaning on cars-
If you walk into a shop and see beer or soda cans sitting on a car, or people leaning or sitting on the vehicle in bare metal or any state. Run away, Find another shop!
-A good resto-
A good resto consists of: A full tear down Right down to every last nut and bolt. All outside body panels are machine stripped. All inner panels including: Door jambs, inside rocker panels under deck lid and all firewall and cowl panels are sand blasted. All panels are refit before final paint is applied.
1.Always find out what materials a shop uses.
-Dont be bashful when your car is going in color.-
Ask if you can be there. (not in the booth) Your goal in being there
is so that you can be sure your good materials are being used on your car. It is
an old trick, Your material is saved and replaced with sub par
products which will only last for 2-3 years or less.