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Restorations Unlimited II, inc.
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Do you give estimates? . . . .Yes, although estimates, as much as we try, are not always accurate. Unforseen rust, hidden damage, improperly repaired parts and engineering complications are inherent in the restoration of antique, classic and muscle cars. We strive for quality and craftsmanship and promise to give you the best value for your money.
How long does it take for a restoration? . . . . The length of time it takes to restore a car depends on many variables, for example, the condition of the car, the level of quality desired for the car, your budget, availability of parts, and workload in the shop. Because of this a restoration can take as little as nine months or as long as three years.
Do you guarantee paint jobs? . . . . While we can control our workmanship and conditions in our spray booth, we cannot control the paint products and their performance.
What is a "frame-off" restoration? . . . . Although it is used often the term frame-off is a misnomer. The correct terms are frame-up or body-off and refers to a complete restoration from the frame up or the car restored with the body off.
Why do paint jobs cost so much? . . . . Due to rising petroleum costs many of the paint products have become very expensive before labor has been factored in. For example, some reds are approximately $800 per gallon. By the time you add the cost of primer, surfacers, sealers, top coats, sandpaper, mask paper and tape, reducers, catalysts, spray booth filters and countless hours of block sanding between coats, a paint job that achieves the mirror-like finish that wins awards, can be quite expensive. If someone quotes you a very low estimate for painting your car you must consider where they are cutting corners ... quality of workmanship or quality of product.
What are all the products used to paint my car? . . . . Primer is a product specifically formulated to prepare or prime a car for the next step in paint application such as over bare metal or body repair areas. High build surfacers are used to fill imperfections in the body left from metal finishing that are too small to pick and file yet too large for regular surfacer. Surfacer is a paint product used to fill minor imperfections in the body surface such as sand scratches, file and pick marks. Sealers are used between the various paint products (for example color to surfacer application) to lessen chemical reactions between dissimilar products. Top coats consist of final color and clear coats and are enamels, lacquers, urethane and more.
What are the different types of restorations? . . . . A museum quality restoration (public museum, not private collector) may look presentable from ten feet away but everything on the car is not necessarily functional. The car is there as a historical example. A touring class restoration is a car that is highly functional for touring but not necessarily correct from a technical aspect. Show quality cars are restored with extremely high levels of technical accuracy for their make, model and year. A Concours restoration is usually of the highest level of quality for visual impact and in most cases technically correct.