Restoring a classic vehicle is a fun and rewarding hobby. In fact, it is equally an art form as it is a real science. To bring back a car to its former glory, certain challenges need to be faced and overcome. Of course, you should always first understand the specific needs of the vehicle in question. Besides this, there are a handful of tools which will enable even the most difficult processes to be performed quickly and easily.
Tools of the Trade
Car restoration is usually performed in a number of individual steps. You will generally begin by tackling any issues within the undercarriage or underneath the bonnet. These very functional requirements are necessary if you desire your car to be anything more than a mere showpiece. Thus, essential equipment will include (but is not limited to) ratchet sets, screwdrivers, voltage testers and wrenches.
While the first step may be very obvious, let’s not forget that getting around a vehicle within a tight space can be challenging. If you do not have adequate mobility, the tasks themselves are nearly impossible. Also, more mobility equates to higher levels of safety; very important when working around equipment that can weigh into the tonnes. Car movers such as those supplied by Stringo are excellent options and as they can support a great deal of weight, accessing hard-to-reach areas is made quick and streamlined.
Wax and Polish
Once you have finished the necessary mechanical adjustments, it is time to give your car the shine that it deserves. Thanks to a host of different cleaning products, you will be able to choose from a variety of waxes, buffing agents and polishes. Some are designed for interior use (such as upon leather seats and the dashboard) while others will provide a glistening shine to the paint job on the outside.
Airless Paint Sprayers
An airless paint gun will come in handy if there are areas of rust or scratches that need to be addressed. Also, these devices are great if you wish to change the colour of the car altogether. Most will work with both latex and oil paints and the even coat that they provide offers a professional finish. However, it is always a good idea to carefully read the instruction manual before attempting to use any such sprayer.
These are a selection of the most important and useful tools that are required when restoring a vehicle. Within a matter of weeks, your hard work and dedication will certainly pay off!