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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

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Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

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Detailing a Barn Find Car: Before and After - Page 3

Note the nicks in the paint on the front fenders and side panels, as well as the scratches on the front fender. The bottom side of the front fender seems to have a lot of dried mud. Note the dirt and grime on the Airflow's runningboards.

Note the nicks in the paint on the front fenders and side panels, as well as the scratches on the front fender. The bottom side of the front fender seems to have a lot of dried mud. Note the dirt and grime on the Airflow's runningboards.


Debbie poses with the detailed car, which is one of her favorites. If you zoom this photo for a computer close up, you'll see that most (but not all) of the small issues the car had when it came out of storage have been solved.

Debbie poses with the detailed car, which is one of her favorites. If you zoom this photo for a computer close up, you'll see that most (but not all) of the small issues the car had when it came out of storage have been solved.


As with the Pierce-Arrow, the detailer put in a lot of time and effort to make the wheels and tires look good. "We believe you should redo the wheels and buy new tires," Bortz stressed. "When you do this, it really turns the car around (makes it look better than it did) right away."

"Another trick is to take little details only and restore them. Just that will make the looks of a car pop. Little pieces of trim really brighten up a car with extra eye-catching appeal."

According to Bortz, you should also want to make sure that the car's mechanical systems are up to snuff. "If you take a car like Debbie's Chrysler Airflow and turn it into a car that's 90 percent Survivor© and 10 percent fixed-up in spots, you'll have a vehicle that you can bring to market and do well with."

Cleaning and touching up wheels, adding wheel trim rings and white sidewall tires and finding factory/dealer accessories like rear fender shields can added greatly to a collector car's overall value.

Cleaning and touching up wheels, adding wheel trim rings and white sidewall tires and finding factory/dealer accessories like rear fender shields can added greatly to a collector car's overall value.


The more of the small bright metal parts that you detail, restore or add, the better the car will present. Small items like the chrome exhaust extension add to the Chrysler Airflow's eye appeal.

The more of the small bright metal parts that you detail, restore or add, the better the car will present. Small items like the chrome exhaust extension add to the Chrysler Airflow's eye appeal.


Polishing a sealing the car's black paint really highlights the sexy feature lines of the big Chrysler Imperial Airflow coupe. It can be pretty amazing to see original paint that's 80 years old come back to life with only polishing.

Polishing a sealing the car's black paint really highlights the sexy feature lines of the big Chrysler Imperial Airflow coupe. It can be pretty amazing to see original paint that's 80 years old come back to life with only polishing.


Bortz points out that some of the advanced detailing tricks you can do include taking the engine out of the car to paint it, resilvering headlight reflectors, making sure the parking brake is working and rebuilding the instrument panel to brighten the interior "Collectors are weavers of baskets," says Bortz. "Each little detail they weave into the car's overall impact makes it pop more in the market."