Respraying Your Classic Car – What You Need to Consider

If you’ve purchased a restoration project or simply want to give your faithful classic a makeover, then a professional respray offers you the opportunity to create the vehicle of your dreams!

Here at AM Restorations, our bodywork experts specialise in delivering a show quality finish on all classic cars. With years of experience in the industry, we know a thing or two about what you need to think about before you take the plunge. With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the things to consider before repainting your classic car. Read on to learn more!


A significant amount of preparation work is required to achieve a perfect finish before paint can be applied. Patches of rust will need to be attended to or removed, aged paintwork will need to be addressed and dents in the bodywork repaired. Often, this can be more costly than many classic car owners expect!

As the key to a lasting professional finish lays in proper preparation, some minor bodywork repairs may be required to get your vehicle ready. Therefore, you should ensure you’ve budgeted not only for the respray itself, but any bodywork issues that might be identified during the preparation process.
Remember, a good paint job is never cheap and a cheap paint job is never good!

What You Need

In most cases, the entire vehicle will be recoloured – from the roof and doors to the underside of the bonnet and the inside of the engine compartment. This provides a seamless finish, eradicating any trace of the vehicle’s previous finish but is costly.

If, you’re planning to simply refresh the car’s colour, you may only require a more cost-effective partial respray. This can often mean that only the areas of the vehicle that are regularly exposed to the elements i.e. external or replacement panels are painted.

Colour Choice

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Before you find a restoration workshop to carry out the work your classic, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why do I want to change the colour? – If you simply don’t like the colour of the vehicle but you love everything else about it, then changing the colour is a logical step!
  • Am I keeping this car long term? – If you’ve got a highly collectable classic car in a less than desirable colour, you should ensure that changing its colour won’t impact resale value. If you do not intend to sell the car then this may not be of concern.
  • Is my car rare or valuable? – If your classic is hard to come by, then the colour may well be a huge part of its appeal or what makes it unique. As such, you should very carefully consider what you do in terms of aesthetic changes.

Many classic car enthusiasts opt to simply ‘refresh’ the colour of their vehicle and stick with the existing bodywork colour. This is something often favoured by owners of highly collectable classics or rare vehicles, where the colour is a part of the car’s appeal. Another popular choice is to select a colour that was an option at the time the car was manufactured, so you can give the vehicle a new look whilst remaining faithful to the era.
However, we’re firmly of the opinion that if you’re planning to keep your vehicle long-term, then you should paint it whatever colour you like! Your car is there for you to enjoy, so there’s no harm in getting the look you’ve been dreaming of.

Ready to Get Started?

If you’d like to know more about our respraying services, you can read more on our ‘Quality Resprays’ page or call us on 01752 346544 to chat with a member of the AM Restorations team.

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