How to Restore a VW Beetle

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How to Restore a VW Beetle

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Restoring a VW Beetle can be done following this step by step ‘how to’ guide. You will probably agree the VW Beetle is one of the most beloved cars in history with movies, traditions and games stemming from the small, economic German-made car. Perhaps best recognized because of the movie “Herbie,” VW Beetles are easy to distinguish from other cars and are likely the most recognized model the German car maker ever made. VWs are known for their durability and long life, in addition to their compact size, but like other cars, get worn out over time and may need to be restored.


Assess your VW Beetle to determine what will need to be restored. The level and methods of restoration will differ depending on the condition of your Beetle.


Start with the frame. Get underneath the car and figure out what kind of shape the frame of the car is in. Repair as needed, if possible, or scavenge for a new frame at a junkyard if it's beyond repair.


Move up to the engine. If you're not overly mechanically inclined, consider taking the Beetle into a mechanic to have the engine looked over, repaired, cleaned and filters changed.


Restore the interior of your Beetle. Depending on the condition of your car, this may include several different processes. The upholstery may need redone. If so, there are companies that specialize in reupholstering vehicles or you can do it yourself by using a sewing machine, stretching pliers and hog ring pliers. Replace the dash, steering wheel or other interior items that need replaced.


Restore the exterior of your vehicle by either taking it to a professional or by doing it yourself. If you chose to do it yourself, sand the surface down with an electric sander and sand paper. Prime the beetle with primer and then sand it down again. Apply a coat of paint and let it dry. Apply additional coats of paint until the metal is completely covered and the shade is to your liking. Finish with a gloss coat to protect the paint and add depth to its appearance.


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