Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – 1935 Riley Imp, part 7 (Painting)

A good paint job is probably the most important aspect to most customers. Whilst we all know the mechanicals must be completed to a high standard the reality is that these are all things that cannot be easily seen.

Therefore despite what we as mechanics and engineers may think customers place a hugh amount of significance on the paint quality.

The Imp was to be finished in a cellulose paint, some painters do not use cellulose as they prefer the easier (and cheaper) use of modern two pack.

Whilst a two pack paint has its place in the world of restoration I personally prefer cellulose as it gives a much more period finish.

It is also in my opinion a better finish to live with, if left it dulls off and looks patinated. If some elbow grease is applied it comes back with vigour.

However for components that are subject to more ‘abuse’ in use such as the chassis a polyeurethane paint is a more durable option.

This presented a slight dilema as in the case of an Imp the chassis is an integeral part of the visual apperance of the car.

As such the paint shop mixed a blend to give the chassis a look that fitted with the cellulose body and wing finish.

With the chassis and body painted the next stage was to take the chassis down to Blue Diamond where the running gear was to be fitted.

Hopefully the above has kept you interested in the restoration.

The next blog will cover re-fitting the running gear.

Restoring, Reviving and Rediscovering – it is what Blue Diamond are all about.