Is three Alfas too
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: United Kingdom
Re: RESPRAY a 164?
When I had my 164 Cloverleaf, I had it re-sprayed. Alfa used a solid red paint with a clear coat lacquer - presumably to make the paint more resistant to the elements etc. They seemed to do this with all its solid colours. However, as many red Alfa owners will testify, this clearly didn't work. As a result, the red paint fades under the lacquer and you can't polish it back up. The only way is a re-spray. I'm not sure whether they use this method now, but you will notice that some red 156s, 166s, Spiders and GTVs et al will be faded if they haven't been garaged or waxed with a UV protecting product regularly.
If you go for a re-spray, need a two-pak based paint in a solid colour, ie it is painted in a solid colour and not lacquered. The result is amazing and, if the paint should ever fade, it will buff up without too much effort. Doing another paint job in red with a lacquered coat is a waste of effort and will cost you more for the same result. It worked for me and the car still looked in showroom condition a three years later. Obviously it was waxed regularly, but worth the effort IMO. I got it done for a bargain at £850 at the time. The guy vastly underestimated but stuck with the price. He reckons it should of been approx £1,500. It's a lot of money, but worth it if the foundations of the car are in good order and you're going to keep it. These should be your guideline prices unless you have a pal who owes you a favour or you can do it yourself!
Sadly the car caught fire earlier this year and whilst getting a top-end settlement for the car, I dearly miss it! On the other hand (and now the owner of the pictured 166) I won't ever buy another red Alfa again as it is too much grief when the paint goes 'wrong' - a shame when it's the marque's trademark colour!