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We take an original Aurora Willys that was painted red, no glass, roof scratches and turn it into a mint 10 condition car that you see above.
See below for a step-by-step restoration
A complete materials list, is available at the end of this article.

I wish I had taken a pic of this car when I first got it about a year ago.  It came to me painted totally red and no window glass.  I stripped the body in SPIC-N-SPAN for about 2 weeks until it looked like you see above.  There was still some residual red paint in spots, especially underneath and some leftover factory paint on the grill and tail lights but it is almost all gone.
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No silver paint at all on the license plate or wheelie bar either.  The roof had some unsightly scratches as well.

I had to get the remainder of the red paint off from underneath the body that the Spic-N-Span didn't take off.  I like to use Testors #1159 Laquer thinner brush cleaner for paint removal on factory bodies as it has about a 10-15 second work time without damaging the finish.
It will remove most thin leftover paints.

I use a cotton swab and work the remaining paint out from underneath the body and elsewhere.
Move from one-spot to another not working in one area for too long.  Use toothpicks to remove paint in door seams.

The scratches on the roof were deep enough that a polish couldn't remove them by itself.  So, I used 2000 grit wet sand paper and sanded in a front to rear motion.  The factory toolmakers typically did their final sanding and polishing in that direction so always sand in the same directions the factory did.  If you need to, go ahead and sand in a circular motion but then do your final sanding in the front to rear motion.

Once I finished sanding, I used Novus 2 plastic polish to bring back the shine.  On some color plastics like green and especially red, if you polish using a rotary tool the body color will actually lighten and not match the rest of the car, losing it's patina, so I simply use a paper towel and vigorously polish this BY HAND.  It took a few minutes but I did not change the plastic color at all.
ELECTRIC POWERED ROTARY TOOLS ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE ON ANY PLASTICS AS IT CAN CREATE TOO MUCH HEAT AND MELT THE PLASTIC. 2-Speed BATTERY powered dremels are recommended if you must use one on LOW SPEED.  Use a cloth sewn-together wheel not the felt wheel for your battery dremel.

The roof is now nice and shiney, so I worked all around the body in any other areas that needed polishing.  After polishing I cleaned the body scrubbing it with a tooth-brush to remove any dirt and residual polish, then some soap and water to clean the entire body.  The body was ready to paint.

  Once it was ready to paint, I used the new RRR Paint Mask template for the Willys (RRR #1401-T).  I laid in the top hood scoop template first (above).

I used an airbrush to spray my silver paint.  The silver was Dupli-color Auto paint (small touch up aerosol cans found at auto parts stores).  I shot the paint STRAIGHT DOWN or, perpendicular to the hood, to give it that factory fuzzy edge.  Remove template.

I was then ready to paint the front headlights and grill so I readied that template.

Install the front template on front of car.

Spray silver and remove template.
Do any cleanup now using some Testors brush cleaner.

The rear wheelie bar/plate template is ready to install.

It simply slips down between wheelie bar struts and align
license plate.

Painting STRAIGHT DOWN, or topside,
to give the wheelie bars that "topcoat" silver paint they always had.

With template removed, hopefully you can see the factory look paint job.  Sides of struts and underside of bar are not painted, but have a little of that classic fuzzy edge overspray Aurora gave them.

I placed the rear tail-light template into position
and then covered the wheelie bars with masking tape
to protect them from red overspray paint.

Using FLAT RED Tamiya acrylic paint, I LIGHTYLY painted
the tail lights.  The first time I painted it, they were too bright
so I cleaned them and reshot it again but with less coverage.

Here's the finished painted body.

Front view

This car didn't have glass, so I installed some RRR #1401-G reproduction glass.

I had some crappy old AJ's alum. wheels, so I cleaned and polished them up.

I think they were appropriate for this now great looking car.

Materials & equipment used:
Paasche Model VL Airbrush
Novus Plastic Polish
Testors #1159 Laquer thinner & Brush Cleaner
Willys PAINT MASK Template - RRR #1401-T
Willys Reproduction glass  - RRR #1401-G
Dupli-color Silver Spray paint
Tamiya Flat Red paint
2000 grit wet sand paper
Paper Towels
Cotton swabs
Masking tape
Soap & Water

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