Auto Painting 101: Mercury Grand Marquis Gets a Respray on Wide Open Throttle

What do you do with a 10-year-old car with parking lot scars? Take it to a professional body shop for a complete repaint. On this episode of Wide Open Throttle, host Jessi Lang takes video production manager Brett Adkins’ 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis, aka the “Grampsmobile,” to Duran’s Quality Painting for a new look.

After chatting with the owner about some of his past projects, Lang gets her hands dirty with dent removal and some sanding. Once prep work is done and the Grand Marquis is masked off, Lang helps lay down some of the initial paint work for the contrasting pin stripe before the main paint color is shot.

Once dry, Lang takes the Grampsmobile back to Adkins for his approval. Check out the video below to see the finished car and Adkins’ reaction.

Also, don’t forget to check out this episode of The Downshift where we go inside HRE Performance Wheels’ Vista, Calif. plant to see the process of manufacturing lightweight, forged aluminum wheels. After detailing the machine and handiwork that goes into the custom-built wheels, HRE president and engineer Alan Peltier discusses the benefits a lighter wheel can offer. Check out the video below.

By Jason Udy

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