Marc Christ
Brand Manager, Modified Mustangs & Fords
November 7, 2011

First impressions are lasting impressions--make yours count.

Time, weather, and road hazards wreak havoc on your car's finish. Though you may take as many precautions as possible to minimize damage, it still happens. The sun fades, UV rays oxidize, acid rain makes pits, and rocks chip the surface of your Mustang's exterior. When washing, waxing, and touch-up paint just don't do the trick anymore, it's time to resort to more drastic measures.

Over the next few pages, we're going to show you a couple of different ways to rejuvenate the most-seen feature of your muscle Mustang or fast Ford--the paint. One of our subjects is a Laser Red '98 GT that has been neglected over the last few years. Another is Project Shake 'n' Bake, and the last is Editor Smith's '07 GT.

The '98 has suffered many long, hot Central Florida summers. Its previous owner retired to Florida not long after purchasing the car new in New Jersey. Now its ungaraged existence has faded the once-bright hue to a dull, rosy tinge. We can't totally bring back the pigment, but we were able to remove scratches, dings, and oxidation. Thanks to our friend Matt Guida of Preferred Motors in Tampa, Florida, we were able to revitalize the GT's finish.

Sometimes, though, good old-fashioned elbow grease just isn't enough. In the case of our '03 Mach 1, rock chips littered the front fascia. The only way to fix that is to either repair and repaint the front bumper, or replace it. Since we had previously installed brake cooling ducts, the '03-'04 Cobra bumper upgrade made the most sense.

For the boss' GT, a missing lower grille coupled with the normal bug and curb damage convinced us to swap the stock GT fascia for a GT/CS piece. For the parts, we turned to Latemodel Restoration Supply and Mr. Body Kit. Once we had the parts in hand, we headed to Visual FX Paint in Orange Park, Florida. There, Paul Holman, who worked his magic on our '11 AMSOIL GT for SEMA, painted our new bumper covers.

Depending on the damage and your budget, breathing new life into your Mustang's look may be easier than you think.

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