How to Begin Restoration??

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Re: How to Begin Restoration??

Postby Stencil » Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:22 pm

As someone who is currently doing restorations on two Beretta's, I can tell you that your budget for body work and paint is VERY low if you are looking for something that will last.

The "cheap" restoration I'm doing for my 96, I've got about $5500 into right now. That includes buying 2 beretta's for parts/body/interior, new parts, and paint. Good paint materials alone are $1500-2000 for a Beretta. The only way you'll get a job for what you're looking to pay is if you have some sort of "friend" hookup, or you use Macco quality, which you normally get 2-3 years out of before it starts to crack and peel.

The "expensive" restore I'm doing, which includes rust repairs, is at $25,000+ now. That didn't include engine/transmission work either, as I already had those built (another $20k into that). Good body work that will last is VERY expensive.

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Re: How to Begin Restoration??

Postby woody90gtz » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:46 pm

Yeah. I went the DIY $400 paint job route on mine in 2009 and it looked great for about 5 years but went downhill from there.

I would recommend better materials. You don't need top shelf PPG or DuPont stuff, but at least get their mid grade like Omni or Nason.

My father and I have tried Summit and Eastwood and wouldn't do either of them again.

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Re: How to Begin Restoration??

Postby GT_Indy » Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:21 am

Yep I seen auto catalog before. Usually only to check factory 0-60 and 1/4 mile times for random cars. And to see what they weigh. lol

Stencil: Is yours the blue one that I remember seeing that got or is getting fully stripped and redone? That car will be epic when its finished!

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