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Old 12-18-2005, 04:26 PM
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Do I have to remove my interior to do a complete color change on my Nova?

Heres my plan, install a nice new interior in my 1972 nova to cruise around in and wait till i have the money to repaint the entire car a different color. So if I was to install a brand new interior, Would I have to remove it to strip the paint, and paint it a complety different color? Thanks

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Old 12-18-2005, 04:38 PM
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Unless knowing that under the seat and carpet is the old color is gonna keep you up at night

typically if you do a ton of modifying or a ground up soup to nuts resto most will just paint the jambs and any other exposed interior metal



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i would paint car first,too much sanding and paint dust to get in car, but im no painter
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Since I am not a Nova person, let me ask this question. What are your plans for the truck? On early Mustangs, the trunk is painted vehicle color up and under the rear seats. If you have a new interior in the vehicle, how are you planning to do the trunk area?

If it was my project, and I didn't need to drive the vehicle until it was done, I would paint everything before doing the interior. You could have the seats and other upholstery out, and being covered, while the exterior is being done.

If it was my project, and I needed to do it in stages, while driving it, I would consider this. Prepare and paint the door jambs, interior parts that are visible, and interior of the trunk before installing the interior. That will reduce the chances of messing up the new interior when doing the exterior. It is one thing to paint the exterior of a car while it has the interior in. It is something else to change a color on a complete car with the interior in, without messing something up.

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I did the same thing with my Olds, but I wish I had removed the interior when I painted the car. There was overspray on my drivers side seat and drivers door panel that is still there today. I thought everything was masked off but some still got in. I like the idea of paint first, interior next, but the interior was a good deal I couldn't pass up, so paint came second. Good Luck!
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paint the jambs and stuff first so you'll have a stopping point later.
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If the car is not going to be a total restoration (ie. strip down to metal.) just a simple repaint with color change it can be done. On a Nova the entrire trunk area and underhood aren't body color so a color change is pretty easy. The only things you really have to remove to do a decent job on a color change on a nova are the door panels kick panels and possible the rear inner panels. On the exterior I like to paint the cowl panel and bottom side of trunk lid separate. Thing is, on a car that age the paint is often is such bad shape that a lot more disassembly and repair work is needed to do a good job. If the body work is going to be pretty involved it makes sense to have the interior out.
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