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1968 Ford Mustang Fastback - The Paintjob

Hands On with Dupont Paint

Another April issue, another paintjob. This one will differ slightly from the last few we've done. This year, we sought help from the professionals to refurbish this 1968 Ford Mustang fastback owned by Jon Schultz, local Mustang enthusiast and car-show organizer. Elite Restoration of Paramount, California, offered to help by doing the bodywork and paintjob on the car, using the latest formula of DuPont's Cromax Pro waterborne basecoat.

Why waterborne paint? It's here to stay, that's why. California requires its use (at least in repair shops), and the rest of the country is falling in line. Waterborne paint differs from solvent-based paints in that the chemicals used to suspend the pigments (the color that sticks to your car) are friendlier to the environment. Though not exactly mixed with the same kind of water that comes out of your tap, the formula uses water as a base, and that's what evaporates as the paint dries, emitting water vapor instead of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere like solvent-based paints do.

People fear change, and switching to a waterborne basecoat does require a few changes to a painter's routine, and we will address those later in the article. First, let's meet our 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback and fix a few of her issues.

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This is a 1967 Fastback Mustang not a 1968 unless someone changed the quarters. 

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