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Username Post: Factory Original Lacquer Paint 1957 Chevy        (Topic#368555)
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Reg: 11-11-21
05-30-22 01:50 PM - Post#2842049    

My 1957 Chevy Bel Air 2 door Hardtop was restored and painted the factory color Matador Red in nitro cellulose lacquer, just as it was from the factory. the complete restoration was done to original factory standards. The paint and restoration was done in Ohio in 1995. The paint is in magnificent condition. I am looking for verifiable proof that the factory did not polish the firewall, door jams, and the fender wells in the trunk. Any proof of this would be greatly appreciated.


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05-30-22 07:29 PM - Post#2842066    
    In response to leny828

The smoothness of the factory paint job comes from putting the car (or parts) in an oven and "re-flowing" the paint to smooth it.

So no, they didn't polish the paint. Anywhere. But I have no proof.

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05-31-22 07:20 AM - Post#2842078    
    In response to leny828

The paint that DuPont supplied to the factory was different than the paint that was available to the aftermarket users, such as dealers and body shops. The factory paint was sprayed on the entire car at once, and then the car went through a baking process where the paint would flow out and have a gloss to it. The factory never did anything other than ship the cars to the dealers after assembly. The selling dealer would wash the car and deliver it to the purchaser, who would wax the car. The cars were never a very glossy finish until the ultimate purchaser would compound and wax the car to bring out the luster. I remember my uncle compounding and waxing his Pontiac till you could see the factory primer showing through the paint since he compounded the car 2 times a year for many years. That car always had a shine to it vs. our family car that only got washed when it rained.

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06-05-22 05:34 PM - Post#2842402    
    In response to junky

The 1957 Chevrolets painted with regular lacquer were not baked in an oven. The paint was machine buffed after the car was assembled. The door jambs and firewall were NOT buffed so looked rough and more dull.
The exception would be three colors that were the new Lucite lacquer, Imperial Ivory,Dusk Pearl and Inca Silver. The paint surface was heated so it flowed ot and did not require buffing.

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