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    Posted: Jun/28/2019 at 3:48am
Unless you want a show car, I tend towards not painting.
Dead money. It won't drive any better.
And when you want to work on it, you have to use fender guards.
Every little scratch will be an upset.
 
Was once in the TR Register (Triumph TR2 thru-6). There was a chap had a well-worn TR3 he used a lot, then he spent a ton of time and money on a restoration. 
I recall him saying afterwards that he enjoyed the car much more before it was restored.
 
If it were just getting the dings done, I'd deal with that surface rust myself. Rust killer, high-zinc primer. Seen too many cars where the rust came back under a shiny paint job.
 
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My 69 Rambler was a project - looked nothing like your beauty.  It had some holes and bondo, and other creativity in it.  I wanted it done once and right so I popped for the full monte.  Took it down to the skivees and had all the metal work done and painted a two stage paint.  Lot's of $ - but I now know what I have and it's one and done.  I found the guys that I think are the best in town and they only work on 3-4 cars at a time.  4 total months from start to finish.

Regarding your car, it looks very nice.  I would touch up and cut and buff.  It will be awesome.  Then drive it like the wind!
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luckily for me, the patina look is hot right now
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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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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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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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Wax it and get in and drive it. 
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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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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.

401(bored .020 over Ross pistons, Molnar rods, Howard’s cam, Edelbrock heads and air gap, EZ EFI fuel injection, MSD ignition, Doug’s headers, Canton road race oil pan)

TCI 200r4 trans and converter

WSC coil overs, heavy duty front and rear sway bars. The “500” steering box, quick ratio pump.

Wilwood front brakes, and master, Scarbird rear discs.

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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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