Classic project cars can sometimes be perpetual money pits, and one area that can be surprisingly expensive is paint and body work. Although some believe it’s a job best left to the professionals, if you’re willing to invest a little time and elbow grease, you can get a professional-looking paint job without breaking the budget. The staff of Hot Rod magazine got together to re-paint this 1967 Chevrolet Impala with a do-it-yourself paint kit from Summit Racing to prove high style doesn’t have to mean high-dollar.
If you’ve ever visited a professional paint shop, they’re equipped with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of specialized equipment, from sprayers, mixers, ovens, and other equipment to deal with the high volume of custom and repair work they have to deal with. But when you’re only doing a one-shot or occasional paintjob, a temporary setup will do the trick. Just following some simple prep tips will ensure a professional-looking job for a reasonable price.
After an unpopular vinyl flame wrap over white, then followed by an even more unpopular yellow-green matte finish, the Impala finally got the look it deserved all along, a classic hot rod red. Kiser and the Hot Rod crew couldn’t be happier.
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