Re­mem­ber when...

It cost about $50 to re­paint a car

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO / STATE - Floyd Fenix Colum­nist Floyd Fenix is a lo­cal busi­ness­man and ed­u­ca­tor.

I am old enough to re­mem­ber when … I could re­paint my car for just un­der $50. Over the years I have had sev­eral cars in need of paint.

My mem­ory is that the first car I painted in 1962 only cost about $35. I would go to the store and pur­chase enamel paint, thin­ner, sanding paper and mask­ing tape. I then scuffed the car with a fine grade of sand paper. Next I used the mask­ing tape to mask off the hard­ware, lights and win­dows with used news­pa­pers. I used a cup-type sprayer and painted the car. Nor­mally I sprayed on two coats. Once dry, we pulled off the mask­ing tape and news­pa­pers and let the car set overnight.

My wife and I could prep and paint our car in one af­ter­noon.

With EPA is­sues caus­ing havoc for paint, paint cost has sky­rock­eted. I re­cently paid more for a re­paint of an an­tique pickup than the pur­chase price for the en­tire pickup when new.

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