A well know German car firm have a tradition of having people decorate their cars but have you ever thought of trying it?
A contentious idea but there are lots of collectors who buy old and new trucks and buses to strip and repaint them to create their own fleet, and some like to give models a weathered and aged appearance.
But I have recently developed a liking for a different sort of repaint – cars that kids have trashed basically! This can range from giving ordinary family cars a racing makeover to a full psychedelic colour splash. They are little time capsules; painted flames certainly take us back to the 70s and the times of Hot Car and Custom Car magazines.
If that kind of thing is a little too loud for your taste, then a hearse conversion of estate cars and ambulances also crop up and are easy to do. Whilst we are on an ‘end of life theme’ then we come to banger racing which has always been a popular way to give a new if short life to an old jalopy and it’s also a popular way to tart up a battered Dinky. I should make it clear here that I am not recommending anyone set about a nice old model with a tin of paint, my preference has always been original is best and I would rather see a nice play worn factory paint job, but I accept that there is a point of no return and when the paint is overwhelmed by dull bare metal then by all means get your brushes out.
I’m going to put my head above the parapet here and say that I have a real problem with some people’s ‘restorations’ and the reason is that when I have been selling nicely play worn original examples I’ve had buyers asking questions and revealing that they plan to completely restore them. Twice in these circumstances I have had another example of the same model in much more played with condition with hardly any paint left on them but no damage and offered these instead and both times the ‘restorers’ were not interested in the tatty ones. I cannot see any sense in that, it’s a time saver if nothing else! You can rarely achieve a home finish anywhere near as good as the factory paint and all we end up with is that another original model has gone forever.
If you’re going to do it then be creative and you might come up with something good but just don’t do an inferior ‘restoration’ as that is basically a crap tribute to someone else’s design!
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