Would you paint this car?

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WINDSOR-FMX
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Would you paint this car?

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Post by WINDSOR-FMX » 26 Feb 2017, 09:33

MY "70 has the original paint/patina, here's a few pics to show the finish. Has wear,dings ect...I'm a big fan of untouched car/trucks! MY plans were to install a new vinyl top and headliner, and detail the car. Just curious what others thoughts are. Would you paint and leave the car mostly original, restore it???
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Re: Would you paint this car?

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Post by WINDSOR-FMX » 26 Feb 2017, 09:38

Few more. I have used grill center section on the way.
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Re: Would you paint this car?

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Post by DeadStang » 26 Feb 2017, 10:31

That looks like my Cougar. I'd leave the paint alone.

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Post by SuperCJcat » 26 Feb 2017, 10:43

My opinion is that if your going to drive it and just enjoy it then I would leave it as is. My Eliminator is not "restored" but presentable with its chipped paint and few dings, it has been touched up in a few spots but still retains its original stripes. I drive it, do burnouts all the time, and bring it to a very few shows, most people think it's just an old Cougar with hardware store letters on the side, but the few who know what the rarity is really appreciate it. If your main focus is to show the car, I would probably paint it.
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Post by WINDSOR-FMX » 26 Feb 2017, 10:46

SuperCJcat wrote:
26 Feb 2017, 10:43
My opinion is that if your going to drive it and just enjoy it then I would leave it as is. My Eliminator is not "restored" but presentable with its chipped paint and few dings, it has been touched up in a few spots but still retains its original stripes. I drive it, do burnouts all the time, and bring it to a very few shows, most people think it's just an old Cougar with hardware store letters on the side, but the few who know what the rarity is really appreciate it. If your main focus is to show the car, I would probably paint it.
When I go to shows, I go too the original/rusty cars first. Look at the shiny stuff after that :)

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Post by SuperCJcat » 26 Feb 2017, 10:57

That's what I do also, and as I stated I would leave it unless he wanted to have a show car. I have more fun driving mine than worrying about an expensive paint job!
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Post by 1967 S Code » 26 Feb 2017, 11:24

WINDSOR-FMX wrote:
26 Feb 2017, 09:33
MY "70 has the original paint/patina, here's a few pics to show the finish. Has wear,dings ect...I'm a big fan of untouched car/trucks! MY plans were to install a new vinyl top and headliner, and detail the car. Just curious what others thoughts are. Would you paint and leave the car mostly original, restore it???
I'd replace the vinyl top then detail it and enjoy. You can always paint at a later date.
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Re: Would you paint this car?

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Post by 69XR7Ragtop » 26 Feb 2017, 14:05

Personally, I would touch up all the spots (I know there are a ton), buff it out and enjoy the best of both worlds. Great looking paint and a driver.
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Post by Steve68Cougar » 26 Feb 2017, 14:32

One other option some people are using these days is to just clear over the top of the original. It leaves it looking original, but helps prevent rust and other issues from happening because of uncovered metal. I think there's something to be said for the "survivor" look. That being said, your car would look really nice with a fresh paint job, too.
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Re: Would you paint this car?

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Post by WINDSOR-FMX » 26 Feb 2017, 15:52

Steve68Cougar wrote:
26 Feb 2017, 14:32
One other option some people are using these days is to just clear over the top of the original. It leaves it looking original, but helps prevent rust and other issues from happening because of uncovered metal. I think there's something to be said for the "survivor" look. That being said, your car would look really nice with a fresh paint job, too.
I've been into preserving rust/patina LONG before it was the "in" thing to do. I hate the clear look, usually doesn't hold up well either. I use boiled linseed oil, works great! I'm gonna leave this car for now, MAY paint her down the rd??? Only original once! I love the wear on the high spots, I'd never touch it up.

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