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How to Paint Your Show Car (Motorbooks Workshop) Paperback – October 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Motorbooks Workshop
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks; 1st edition (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760332754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760332757
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In How To Paint Your Show Car, Stefan Gesterkamp takes you inside today’s paint systems, shows you how to do flawless metal/body work and paint prep, how to match OEM colors and refurbish original paint and bodywork, how to choose a quality paint—AND a quality painter, and much more. There’s also a chapter devoted to painting carbon fiber—something that’s not been seen in many (if any) how-to painting books. Even if the closest you ever come to one of today’s downdraft paint booths, HVLP spray guns or basecoat/clearcoat paint systems is your checkbook, Gesterkamp’s book is a must-read before you begin planning that eye-grabbing show-and-go Vette’s color scheme.” - Scott Ross, blogs.corvettefever.com

“Gesterkamp covers it all, from choosing a painter to detailing after the pigment is on.” - Muscle Car Review

“This new book will give you all the information you need to do the perfect body work, paint preparation and applying an award-winning paint job, whether you do it for yourself or have it done.” – Albert Drake, Cruzin Magazine

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*Create an award-winning paint job

*Flawless prep and body work

*Match original factory colors

*Refurbish original paint and bodywork

*Choose a quality paint and painter

 

One of the biggest challenges of collecting, restoring, and showing classic cars is creating a blue-ribbon paint job and keeping it that way, or preserving your car’s original paint. If your restoration involves stripping and repainting the entire car, you'll want to precisely match the original color or create a new paint job that blows away the competition. If your project involves restoring the car’s factory paint, then you’ll need to do so in a way that preserves the overall look of the car and the vision of the project.

How to Paint Your Show Car covers these topics and more. High-end automotive paint expert Stefan Gesterkamp leads the reader through the concours painting process, from body filler and prep to detailing and preservation. Gesterkamp shares his 25 years of experience and also passes along the knowledge of fellow painters and collectors like Chip Foose and Jay Leno.

Whether you do your own painting or hire a professional, How to Paint Your Show Car will guide you through the process of creating an award-winning paint job.


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Highly recommended if you want to take your work to the next level.
Hotrodjohnny
If you are looking to see what goes into the making of a TRUE show car, this is for you.
Ronald E. Engel
The pictures are excellent and narative is factual but easy to read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Engel on May 27, 2009
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I loved this book and bought it based on a recommendation from a BASF newsletter I receive.

It's very easy to read and follow with tons of pictures as well. With this kind of work pictures are a major asset to help illustrate what they are talking about. If you are looking to see what goes into the making of a TRUE show car, this is for you. If you are looking to simply improve your auto body skills or are considering taking a crack at doing your own work for the first time, this will probably disappoint you.

This isn't really what I would consider a "How To" type of manual but more of an inside peek at the pains professionals take to make a real show car happen. It's really amazing to see.

While I enjoyed every page of this book it wasn't really what I was looking for. If you are looking for more info on how to do your own auto body work or you simply want to improve yourself and need tips and advice, there are other books worth considering before this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony C. Marciano on September 21, 2010
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I was looking for a "dummies guide to painting your car" this is not near that. This is a few tips and tricks and mainly watching them build the propane Chevelle. This book is for people who know what they're doing and are looking to perfect their restorations to win at shows.
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By Hotrodjohnny on October 13, 2013
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This is my favorite custom paint book so far. This explains the techniques that are needed to go beyond the corner body shop to blow them out of the water with an awesome show car. I've been in the business for over 20 years and I learned a bunch from this book. My latest two project cars have been cleaning up best of shows since reading this.. Highly recommended if you want to take your work to the next level.
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