New Coat For Work Horse

VW Transporter Panel Van


What Car: 2003 VW Transporter Panel Van

Under the bonnet: 2461 cc diesel

The Lowdown:

The VW transporter has been around in different guises since the 1950s. Loved by surfers and trades people alike, it has evolved into a-highly competent and versatile vehicle, equally happy on the beach as it is on a building site. The latter is where this particular Transporter had seen most of its working days however with Paul the owner living close to the beach too, it had taken a bit of a battering over the years and was in desperate need of a refresh. So Paul booked it in with us for a light restoration to get rid of  the dents and rust spots that were now showing on the body work and finish it off with a fresh coat of paint in its original factory blue colour.

The plan:

Bodywork:   Repair corrosion and dents, prep and paint in chosen blue colour.
Al has treated the shell with rust treatment and any dents have been filled in, rubbed down and smoothed out.
Al then prepped the shell ready for primer, giving it a good rub down with light sand paper
Next up Al and Jay masked up the Transporter ready for a coat of primer
With the transporter primered up, Al set to work rubbing down the shell making sure it is flat ready for paint. Being a panel van it is quite unforgiving and will show any imperfection, so the preparation work prior to paint has to be on point, but is that ever in doubt when you have big Al on the case?
Al has replaced the rotten sill with new metal,  filled in the dents on the bonnet and has prepped the bonnet, trim and bumpers ready for primer.
The transporter has been in the both and has now been coated in its original colour and it is looking shiny! Al has also flat and polished it to a better than factory finish. This has to be the cleanest Transporter around!
We have also bought in and fitted new front and rear windows as a bit of an added extra for Paul as he is not expecting it! But it really does finish the van off!
The bumpers, lights, trim and badges have been fitted and the Transporter is ready to hand back to Paul the owner. Not before getting a few finished shots. I have to say it is looking better than new, it’s great to breath new life into these work horses.
To be continued …..

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