Hi;

I'm new to the forum and I'm trying to locate a painter in the LA area that will do a repaint on an old Intermeccanica Speedster.  I'd like to find a painter that can do the quality of work that  JPS was turning out when they were in Hollywood.

Any leads?

Thanks,

Bob Templeton

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Just alternative thought - the look of old patina is really in on vintage cars.  A couple have been shown here on SOC - one with rust look and another with buffed off (red) paint wear.  A shiny new paint job on supposedly 50 year old car - signals plastic car.  It's not the look for everyone but the cost for a teardown and good repaint has gotten quite costly.

 

WOLFGANG posted:

Just alternative thought - the look of old patina is really in on vintage cars.  A couple have been shown here on SOC - one with rust look and another with buffed off (red) paint wear.  A shiny new paint job on supposedly 50 year old car - signals plastic car.  It's not the look for everyone but the cost for a teardown and good repaint has gotten quite costly.

 

Not many don't like shiney, Greg. I'm one of those and do miss the patina of my old Speedster. But I do like the nice roof I have now...and the seats...and the roll up windows...and the fat tires...and the tube frame...and four wheel discs....and IRS..etc. 

I test drove an older IM (late 70s/early 80s) some months back. Had a great patina on it due to its age. I loved it. Just get in and drive. 

That said, I can be swayed either way on the subject matter. I love the shine on my Speedster. But found I’ve become a bit OCD when it comes to keeping it clean: using a spray detailer before and after each drive. Chrome polish once a month, polish and wax, rubber treatment, leather treatment, etc. 

I don't think the fiberglass body has much flex - something like a golf ball hitting it will leave hundreds of spiderweb cracks in the brittle gel coat.  To repair, each has to be Dremelled out down the fiberglass and filled in.  The big issue on painting fiberglass is the hi-build primer coats and careful block sanding to remove the gel coat orange peel, waves/ripples, and fiberglass strands showing thru to the finish. Even CMC charged more for the Black gel coat.

Robert M posted:

In you're in So Cal you should check with Greg Leach at @VSpyder , he's in the Hawaiian Gardens area. He's a builder and will know what it takes to make your car right. The paint quality on his cars is amazing too.

@Bob Templeton with ALL things considered, what Robert M suggested is the best and least complicated way to get your Speedster repainted. 

@VSpyder

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