The 1974 Volkswagon Thing was one of the more unique vehicles we've had in the shop. It's a bright yellow convertible Thing that needed new floor pans welded in, some body work, and a fresh paint job. Here is what it looked like when it first came in...
'74 VW Thing - Before
The first thing we do with our restorations and paint jobs is remove the doors and other parts. Then, we get right to sanding. The VW Thing had rust on the floor, so we replaced the entire floor pan. Depending on the amount of rust, we may choose to repair just the one area, or weld in all new ...
It seems no matter how careful you are, over time, your car is bound to get some small blemishes along the way. Most commonly we see chips in the paint, sun fading or little scratches, dents, and dings.
Paint chipping under window seal
Scratches in car paint can be so noticeable and bug the h e double hockey sticks out of you. Have no fear, TD Customs is here. Scratches are an easy fix. Shallow scratches may sand out, or if it's a more substantial scratch, we'll use bondo and make the surface smooth again. That panel will then get ...
'65 Ford Econoline Van BEFORE pic
The 1965 Ford Econoline van got quite the TD Customs transformation. It came in with a two toned paint job, with red on the bottom and white on top. It also needed some rust repair, new rocker panels and other body work before paint.
Erick doing some metal work to the rocker panels
Metal work rust repair
Like always, the metal work was the first thing we dived into. When there is any rust on a body of a vehicle, you need to cut it all out before doing anything else. Rust spreads very quickly and easily, so taking out the ...
It's that time of year for a wrap up of our coolest paint jobs, restorations, or jobs from the previous year. We've been busy and are fortunate to have a lot to choose from!
For January we have the 1931 Chevy Cabriolet that we did body work on and painted in parts. When this one left our shop, it was in pieces The owner had done a lot of work on the case, and wanted to assemble it himself. He also added a black vinyl top that compliments it really well. This classic car is a beauty!
Read more about the '31 Chevy Cabriolet.
In February, we're looking at the ...
Not all classic cars come into TD Customs for a full restoration. Some just have some rust or dents and dings that need to be taken care of. If you're bringing your classic car anywhere for repair, make sure it's at a place that knows these kinds of cars. We specialize in classic cars and getting the metal and body work done so the car looks completely flawless.
Classic Car Rust Repair
A '64 Chevy Impala came into the shop needing rust repair done to a couple small areas. In the picture below, you can see some minor rust damage to the corner of the rear driver's side ...
A custom painted SUV isn't something you see everywhere. It all started when we decided to put a TD Customs decal on the back of my car - a white 2008 GMC Envoy Denali. I figured I might as well advertise a little while I'm driving around town. That could have been it, but we got to thinking, wouldn't it be cool if it were a little custom though? After all, custom paint jobs are what we're all about.
Initially, my idea was to simply sand off the clear and apply a new clear coat with rainbow metal flake. The same metal flake that is on Tim's shop truck. We've painted ...
Customizing your paint job has never been easier!
Decals offer tons of different options for customizing your paint job.
At TD Customs, we are able to design something on the computer, print it on a plotter and use the vinyl cut out as a stencil or template for what you'd like painted. A popular option is painting a logo or custom image on your vehicle, motorcycle, helmet, etc. It also opens the door to many other design possibilities. A paint job can be turned into so much more with the flexibility that decals allow.
Customizing your paint job
Don't settle for ...
Fade Paint Job on Harley-Davidson Parts
One of the recent motorcycle paint jobs we've done was on these Harley- Davidson parts. The owner went with a custom fade paint job using candy apple red. The pieces go from a lighter candy apple red on top to a darker cherry red on the bottom.
You can see how the colors go from light to dark. Both shades of the red look vivid and eye catching. The variation is visible both outside in the sun or in the shade.
How a fade paint job is done depends on the colors being used. The owner wanted it to be a subtle red fade ...
You don't see two toned SUV paint jobs everywhere. That's why they're so cool. They look custom, while still looking classy and fairly simple.
This SUV is an older model Chevy Trailblazer. It was originally all blue, and nothing out of the ordinary. For this two tone SUV paint job, we kept the blue on the bottom and painted the top silver.
Painting just the top or bottom part of a vehicle is a good way to change up the look of your vehicle on a budget. Keeping one color the same lets us not have to paint the inners & door jambs. This means a lot less work on ...
A 1971 Chevy Camaro was just in for a restoration and paint job. When it came in, it was white and needed some attention. There was some rust, as well as body damage that needed to be corrected. Here is what the Camaro looked like Before...
Taking care of the rust and body damage takes up a good portion of the restoration process. The length of time and amount of work needed depends on the condition. Some imperfections are easier to correct than others.
When the body work is all done, we prime the car and get it prepped for paint. The first thing we always ...