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Using Powder Coating to Restore Old Car

Posted on: November 21st, 2016 by byersbushblog

Do you have an old car that you want to restore?  Is there a specific finish that you have in mind?  It does not matter if you want to restore a classic muscle car or a relatively newer one, the focus of restoration is normally on matching the finishes of the original vehicle.  So what are the options that you have when restoring an older car and its smaller parts?

Spray Painting

This is one of the cheapest and easiest solutions in car restoration.  However, this also translates to a cheap look to your restoration and does not have the desired durability, which means having to restore it again after a short while.  You also have to worry about chipping and scratches because the paint can be easily damaged.  This also means that rust can be a very valid concern.

Automotive Paint

How about 2 part automotive paint, it is made for automobiles after all, right?  There is no question that you can achieve a great look and it is durable as well.  This type of coating will also withstand rust for quite a number of years.  Unfortunately, this is quite a costly solution and if you want to use different colors for your car and the spare parts, you would have to shell out around $30 a pint.

You also have an added cost of about $30 for the hardener.  Every coat needs its own hardener, which means that you will be spending over $100 for every color or gloss-level you want to use.  You also need to use several layers of primer, paint, and clean the paint gun before another application.  This means spending a lot of time and money in the restoration process.


The choices are zinc, chrome, cadmium, and nickel among others.  Chrome is by far the most popular, but also very expensive.  Using other plating methods will require a minimum order to get a good price, for example a plated bracket can be priced the same as 100 brackets.  You also have to take a look at the pros and cons of each plating method.

Powder Coating

This is not a magical solution, but it is one of the best options in restoring old cars.  Not only will the vehicle look great, it will also have a durable protection, and can be rust-free for a substantial period.  It is also a very cost-effective solution especially if you want to use different colors.  Half a pound of powder will only cost you around $7 with another $7 for the clear.

This means restoring an old car with powder coating can be as cheap as $14 for the parts.  Media blasting will be required or at the very least getting to the clean bare metal.  This will allow the powder coat to stick properly.  Subjecting it in the oven for 20 minutes at the proper temperature and allowing it to cool will give you the desired result.  Considering that you can get a beautiful finish that can last for well over 20 years for $14 in less than an hour is a pretty good deal.


Contrary to common belief, powder coating is not limited to valve covers and car wheels.  This means that you can use it to treat all the small car parts involved in the restoration process.  Compared to the time and money you have to spend with spray painting and plating, powder coating seems to be the best option for you.  The best part is that you get the same quality finish at a fraction of the cost.


The key to ensuring that you get the best result with powder coating is to get a company that offers quality sandblasting and powder coating services combined with excellent turnaround time.


Contact Byers Bush to get your old car a metal protection against extreme harsh condition and get your car looking like a new one.


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