I have to say, I know about as much about painting a car as I do about astrophysics. Nothing! I need to learn more about it! Background: When I bought this car, I figured it needed a paint job. Still at 15 feet, with one eye closed and the other one blurred, it looked great! (See my avatar) However, the paint was developing gas bubbles that would grow, and grow, then crack, and leave a blister. (See photo) I knew this wasnt good, but it turned out to be far worse than that. After finally finding someone capable, who would take me in this century, and at a reasonable price, in the car went to the paint shop. When quoted on the paint job, they planned to do a chemical paint strip, and then patch up some body-work, then paint as usual. But when he started to remove the outer layer of paint, there was 1/32 to about a 3/32 of bondo skimmed coated (Hand laid) over the entire car then re- painted. (65 years in a family business they never saw anything like it.) They also theorized the gas bubble were there because the prep was not done correctly. Others claimed the last painter never removed the stripper properly. But anyway, these guys loves old cars and making it a personal commitment to do this car right. NO EXTRA CHARGE!!!! So they (The new guys) decided to hand-sand off the outer layers down to the original metal. Luckily, there was only a small amount of body work to be done, no rust, and minor dents. (The dents were not even pulled out, the previous paint-guy just filled them with bondo. A cheese job!!) The most serious body-work was when rear-fender was replaced, they didnt bother to pull out the dent in the body of the car but instead filled it with about ½ of bondo. Even the new body-guys say the guy was probably a master sculpture lol. It even, sort of, fooled them! But, not for long, and actually they did see something wrong there but couldnt quite put their finger on it. This is what is now theorized: The first time the painter painted it, it probably looked fantastic. But then the bubbles started to form for the customer. So the customer went back and said WTF? Rather than strip off the old paint and prep it properly, he simply, skim coated the whole car with bondo and sprayed it again! Apparently, to hold off the blistering for a while! It was even blistering under the window rubber! I included some photos of the current state of the job. It is expected to sanded this week and then painted next week sometime! I cant wait! They have 3-guys working full time like animals on this car, and I may be the luckiest customer in the world for what I paid for this job! The materials alone must have cost $3K. When this job is done, I will be one happy camper! The new paint method (According to the new-paint shop) 1. Sand back down to the original metal. 2. Fix any dents and other probs. 3. Spray bondo the whole car. (Thin) 4. Basically sand it down/off again. 5. Spray bondo again and fine sand. 6. Seal the car 7. Color paint (PPG) 8. Clear coat sand clear coat again sand...(I forget how many clear coats.) 9. Let harden for two weeks 10. Final sand and buff. 11. Reassemble stainless, glass, chrome .etc. Any advice, suggestions, or comments will be greatly appreciated and well take positive or not. Thanks!