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Old 2008-07-31, 21:56 PM   #1
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I've been seriously considering taking all of the woodgraining and the plastic ash pieces OFF my son's '80 Chrysler LeBaron T&C wagon and having the "woodgrain" airbrushed on, duplicating both the ash and changing the darker wood to a lighter GM color of wood. What I was thinking was to remove the trim on the car now after photographing every single inch of placement, then filling the holes where the ash attaches, and then having the wood airbrushed on the car. This, to me, would be cheaper and considerably more durable than the decal woodgrain, and attempting to find the three bad ash pieces on the car, then making all of them match up in pattern and color in a restoration.

Some of you guys will probably go apoplectic in disappointment that I'm not really interested in doing a true "resto" on it; that's fine with me, because it belongs to my son now. I'm interested in having a presentable driver for my son that he'll be proud of and won't have to freak out when he parks it at school and such. Airbrushed work can be touched up. You can't touch up a decal.

With that said, does anyone have real-world experience with this technique? I've seen several woody airbrushed cars through Ask and Google, but there was no accompanying info with them that explained what's up with the work needed.

Any help or ideas would be really appreciated!!!
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Old 2008-07-31, 22:00 PM   #2
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I found this thread!!! Guess it helps to spell "airbrush" correctly in the Search window! That is thirteen kinds of cool!

http://www.stationwagonforums.com/fo...light=airbrush
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Old 2008-07-31, 22:43 PM   #3
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a pal of mine did a Mondo Moola resto on a 62 Merc Colony park!!
and ended up doing all the 'side' woodgrain in Airbrush!!
as well as the Air cleaner top...the door sills ...and more!

Its a freekin beauty!...I guess it all depends on the "talent" of the guy with the Airbrush


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That is precisely what I want to do, and duplicate the original look, at the same time!

What a gorgeous job!
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Question airbrush woodgrain

Considering airbrush on my Pontiac wagon. Former owners painted over woodgrain. Does anyone know cost of this type of project?
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I think there is another thread on here or elsewhere that is a brush method. That's what I would do.
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Thanks ! I'll check it out.
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I've certainly got no objections to it. The Di-Noc on my Safari is already coming off in places. One thing you might want to do Patrick, is to airbrush the Di-Noc areas only and restore the rails. On the LeBaron, the rails give the wagon a 3D effect that you're going to lose if you airbrush everything.
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airbrush the Di-Noc areas only and restore the rails. On the LeBaron, the rails give the wagon a 3D effect that you're going to lose if you airbrush everything.
I agree with this. The original rails can be airbrushed also but this would save a lot of additional work and look more original. The rails act like a bumper too for car doors.
If I ever have a wagon with bad woodgrain I'd go the airbrushed route or just eliminate it.
Finding a good painter at a decent price will be difficult. Not gonna be cheap.
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So does anyone have a ballpark figure of cost to airbrush a wagon ?
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