My '86 has been a well-sorted car for the last 14 years that I’ve owned her. On most horizontal surfaces, however, the paint has become horrific, especially the hood (from the heat, of course).I don’t drive the car anywhere near as much as I’d like because the paint is so bad. I love the car but it would just be irresponsible of me to spend $7500-$10k to have the car painted. Maybe in five years that would be OK, but that is a lot of maybes.
I keep toying with the idea of stripping the car down and painting her myself. Has anyone done this in the last five years or so? I ask with the time restrictions as I suspect that paint formulations and availability has changed a very great deal in the last few years. Given the changes in paint systems I am assuming I will gave to go down to bare metal or very close to it, by sanding. Can you do it without pulling the glass? Any advice? Or, conversely, am I overestimating the cost?