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    Posted: May/10/2019 at 6:57am

This car was painted in the late 90’s. I bought it in 2004, sold it in 2011, bought it back in 2016...

It’s got a lot of chips, door dings, deep scratches but, overall the paint has held up really well. It was not an original car when I bought it. Always been a “hot rod” and I’m planning on keeping it that way. 

I am up in the air about getting it painted. The cost, choosing the right person for the job, and how nice do I really want it? Maybe I just get the dings and scratches fixed, and have it cut and buffed??? I need some advice and direction. 

I’ve owned tons of AMC’s(and a few other makes) but, have never had any of them painted.


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IMO you can touch up the noticable chips and scratches, enough not to be so noticable, if happy with overall looks. Though some imperfections will stand out more on a near perfect paint than a nicely worn (in a good way) paint.

For a daily driver dont sweat it until you start picking at the details.
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Depends on how much you want to spend on the car. It doesn't look that bad in the pics.

It is a hard color to match when spot painting, but with today's technology of matching that exact color and a good painter it can come out pretty good. 

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Originally posted by Ollie Ollie wrote:

Depends on how much you want to spend on the car. It doesn't look that bad in the pics.

It is a hard color to match when spot painting, but with today's technology of matching that exact color and a good painter it can come out pretty good. 

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I talked to a few body guys, and some other car guys and get numbers anywhere from $6-10k to repaint the whole car. If I could get all the dings and chips fixed, and have it buffed for $2-2.5k it might suit my needs and budget. This car was never original, and maybe some day it will get restored to its original glory!! Lol

My plan is to forge ahead with my original trans am pro touring build on this car.

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Talk to some car lots, up here there are a couple of mobile paint touch up guys that paint bumper corners etc. They do great color matching and are quite inexpensive as they have little overhead working out of a van. Do a paint correction on the car first to deal with scratches and see how she looks.
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Wax it and get in and drive it. 
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Everybody is different, as it should be, I enjoyed driving my AMX and taking it to the drag strip on tune and test nights and making passes and leaving it parked out side the Wings place on the way home, all without worry.  It was structurally and mechanically sound and solid and reliable.  It didn't have any rust through holes, did have those fixed and blend painted to be presentable, but found what i liked about owning one was driving it and running it down the track.  To me paint and body cost a whole lot, is very "fragile", causes worry, and when considering it, quite a few "body shop jail" stories scared me out of it.  I'd want a WRITTEN AGREEMENT mainly nailing down a timeframe and completion date with significant "clauses" if it was NOT completed by the agreed to date.  Agree with tom999q, "Wax it and get in and Drive It !"  And I guess it somewhat depends on if it hopefully will be climate controlled garage kept, which makes a huge difference in it's "tolerance" for continuing on un-restored.

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Originally posted by PHAT69AMX PHAT69AMX wrote:

Everybody is different, as it should be, I enjoyed driving my AMX and taking it to the drag strip on tune and test nights and making passes and leaving it parked out side the Wings place on the way home, all without worry.  It was structurally and mechanically sound and solid and reliable.  It didn't have any rust through holes, did have those fixed and blend painted to be presentable, but found what i liked about owning one was driving it and running it down the track.  To me paint and body cost a whole lot, is very "fragile", causes worry, and when considering it, quite a few "body shop jail" stories scared me out of it.  I'd want a WRITTEN AGREEMENT mainly nailing down a timeframe and completion date with significant "clauses" if it was NOT completed by the agreed to date.  Agree with tom999q, "Wax it and get in and Drive It !"  And I guess it somewhat depends on if it hopefully will be climate controlled garage kept, which makes a huge difference in it's "tolerance" for continuing on un-restored.

I feel the same way about it. I talked to a few local body shops. One said they wouldn’t be able to take the car for at least a year. The other is right down the street from where I work. Could check on the car daily. And that shop I know the owner, and a friend of mine has had several cars painted by them. I have also heard the horror stories as well. And I’m not looking forward to the stress and anxiety of fresh paint. The door ding in the pics was done by my 4 year old!! Lol! But, the owner of the shop down the street said he would come to my house one night and look the car over. Ideally if I could get the dings fixed and blended without spending to much money, that’s what I would like to do.
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I like the minilites on the car, it has a nice vibe.

Another thing you need to worry about with the car is if you get it painted, will it be so nice that you won't want to drive it?

Having a friend come by and look at it will be good. He may be good at blending, so maybe you just color over the stone chips and door ding.

It must mean something to buy it back, make sure you enjoy it!

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