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Old 05-08-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Mike Phillips on "Chasing Classic Cars" with Wayne Carini

Mike Phillips on "Chasing Classic Cars" with Wayne Carini

Last night Mike's first episode with Wayne Carini aired on "Chasing Classic Cars" on the Velocity Channel. This is the "Premier" Episode to kick off Wayne's new season for 2013 and it will repeat multiple times for the rest of the year here in the U.S. and around the world.

On last night's episode, Wayne shared the history and story behind the 1954 Hudson he's been chasing since he was 16 years old!

Mike Phillips & Wayne Carini with the 1954 Hudson at Wayne's shop in Connecticut...

Mike is known in the collector car industry as an expert on restoring antique and original single stage paints like the paint on Wayne's 1954 Hudson. Mike used his special process to not only save the paint job but to also restore it to its original factory luster. Before starting this process Mike measured the paint on classic car using the very accurate Defelsko Paint Thickness Gauge and as you can see by the pictures the paint was incredibly thin.

1.6 Mils on the top of the passenger side Fender...

2.8 mils on a section on the trunk that was covered and protected since the car was purchased new.

The average Post-it Note is around 3 mil thin so this means the paint on this car was incredibly thin. Any mistake made by using too aggressive of a compound or polish would have burned through the vintage lacquer and exposed the primer and even sheet metal below.

Here's a picture showing how thin a Post-it Note is to give you and idea of how thin the paint on this 1954 Hudson was. It has been 59 years since this car rolled out of the Hudson assembly plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Wayne giving the original factory paint a final wipe and giving Mike the Thumbs-Up!

You can see the before and after pictures of the 1954 Hudson Hornet in the link below...

Wayne Carini 1954 Hudson Hornet Original Paint Restored by Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips and Autogeek on Chasing Classic Cars
Mike and Autogeek's segment will air from now until the end of the year during all new premier episodes on Tuesday nights at 10:00 pm Eastern Time on Velocity Channel.

Check it out...

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