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69 GTO

Restoration Questions - Painting Process

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On several GM car lines. the Fisher body plant painted the body, no doors, etc. That is one way to have no paint edge between quarter and door opening! Then the doors, hood, truck, front fenders were painted (and not necessarily at the same plant as the body)  and these were hung on the car at the xxx plant. xxx stands for Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, whatever car the plant assembled.

 

This also explains why some cars have paint mismatch between front clip and body.

 

Therefore, to match factory work you should paint the moving/removable panels off the car. 

 

But a lot of people like to jamb the car, then assemble the parts and paint the whole exterior at one time, to make sure of matching color and texture of finish. Potato Potahto.

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