Specialists in vintage car restoration
Vintage cars restorations: the working stages
In situations where a complete restoration of the vintage car is required, the procedure to be followed involves a number of complex operations, specific experience and expertise. It can take up to a thousand hours of work to complete a full cycle to restore a vintage car. At the base of the work there is a process structured as follows:
Dismantling is the first fundamental step and consists in disassembly of the car one piece at a time to ensure that all internal components are present and functioning.
The next step is the search for spare parts, sand blasting, plating and galvanizing, and finely are defined the parts that must be reconstructed, and those that should be replaced.
During this phase, each step is often documented with photographs, the procedure that allows to monitor the work progress and to make comparisons.
The next step in the restoration work is to remove the paint from all the panels affected by the restoration, removing all pre-existing paint layers to get to the bare metal.
Once the plates are clean and free of paint, it starts the tinsmith phase to correct dents and imperfections of the car body and where necessary the body is checked for damages occurred in the past. To perform this reconstructive procedure, being professionals is not enough, it is important to know exactly what tools and equipment to use: the car repair
is extremely different from its reconstruction. It’s a subtle difference that many people are not aware of, therefore it is difficult to find skilled workers
able to have the dexterity required to perform these operations.
After the various modeling and reconstruction operations of metal plates and structural parts, the painting is carried out with a preliminary stage of preparation of the substrate. Before painting the vintage car, in fact, it will be necessary to remove pre-existing paint marks in different modes depending on the support on which the intervention
is to be carried out (acidic immersion chemical treatment, thermal treatment, sandblasting, sanding, pickling).
The surface free from the paint should be treated immediately to protect it from the attack of corrosive agents, moisture and pollutants by applying primers.
The next step is the painting simulation, the operation necessary to identify the persistent defects. Depending on the car, different simulations are made to get closer to perfection.
At this point it is possible to return to the car its original color by proceeding with the final paint. Finally, the reguarnishing and finishing procedures complete the restoration work
of the vintage car that can finally be carried on the road for the test drive.
Restoring a vintage car demands attention and care: it is a long and painstaking work that, however, brings really satisfying results.
It can return to the car its charm, especially if you rely on professionals who study every day to get the best of it.