• 17:51

    How to Create the Perfect Wood Finish: Surface Preparation, Products and Application

    In this SkillShack video how to guide, we will show you a simple method of refurbishing tired-looking wood trim and preserving it for the future. Wood is a lovely material and is shown off at its best with a good finish. In the context of a car, that will probably mean an oil-based varnish of…

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  • 9:56

    An Introduction to Classic Car Wood: Common Issues and Varnish Removal

    Many classic cars are lavished with wooden trim, from dashboards to door cappings. Other classic cars are even made of wood, such as pre-war vintage vehicles and classic cars such as our Practical Classics Morris Minor Traveller demonstration car. With time, inevitably the original finish of wood both on the interior and exterior of a…

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  • 20:07

    How to Replace a Classic Car (Non-Bonded) Windscreen

    Although it may seem daunting, removing and replacing a non-bonded classic car windscreen is do-able at home with some care and we will show you how. In this video, Ed takes you through the process of how to remove a windscreen yourself. As well as hints and tips along the way he will also let…

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    How to Make Your Own Panel Templates

    Cardboard is far more malleable and easy to cut than steel. An accurate cardboard template is incredibly important in creating a repair patch, and Michael shows you how. For more tips and tricks, check out our course Simple Body Repairs.

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    Different Types of Welded Joint and How to Achieve Them

    Choosing the correct type of joint for the application is critical for a neat and strong repair. Lap, Joggle, Plug or Butt. Teamed with the correct rust prevention, these can all be used to create a long-lasting repair.

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  • How to Protect New Welds From Rust

    How to Protect New Welds From Rust

    In this class we discuss how you can use ‘corrosion free engineering’ throughout your restoration, including the use of weld through primers and seam sealers. Ian uses his many years’ experience in the rust prevention and repair industry to show us how to prevent rust throughout your restoration. Ian teaches Matt how to properly apply seam sealers to new welds on a car. This is an important step in preventing rust and should be carried out on both new welded joints and factory seams.

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  • How to Achieve the Perfect Car Underbody Coating

    How to Rust Proof Your Classic’s Underbody

    Having prepared the surface of the car, we look at how to apply a hard-wearing finish to the car. There are various options available to you, which Ian and Matt discuss the pros and cons of, before demonstrating how to apply a popular flexible wax coating on the wheel arch of our Austin Maxi.

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  • How and Where to Apply Cavity Wax and Ensure Maximum Coverage

    How to Rust Proof Your Classic’s Cavities and Box Sections

    There’s a baffling variety of cavity waxes on the market. Ian and Matt discuss the principles of cavity wax injection and what to look for in a cavity wax, before looking at how to apply the waxes with maximum effect. It’s important to get the wax everywhere and look to create a ‘fog’ of wax. Think about where your classic’s typical rust spots are and focus particularly on these areas. Make sure drain holes are clear both before and after application.

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  • How and When to Use Rust Converters

    How and When to Use Rust Converting Products

    Rust converters aren’t a magic cure-all for a rotten car, but can be very useful when tackling surface corrosion before applying a coating to prevent further rusting. Ian and Matt show you how and when to use them for maximum effect as part of your total rust prevention regime. Working on our Austin Maxi, Matt quizzes Ian on the dos and don’ts, giving you expert advice on how to properly protect your classic car.

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