It's been a long time coming, but it's finally time to slap some lipstick on this pig-this pig being Project Get Shorty. After years of grinding, cutting, welding, and hammering on every piece of sheetmetal Get Shorty had to offer, the time to paint has come. To tell ya the truth, I was beginning to think it would be time to party like it's 2099 before this hauler ever escaped its bare metal persona! However, the proverbial carrot in front of the donkey has prevailed, and this '71 will take on its black and gold paint scheme laid down in art form three years ago.

Many hobbyists in the automotive realm think paintwork is the equivalent to Sherwood Forest; you simply don't go there. Some consider the world of paint and body so daunting and complex they simply wouldn't even begin to imagine painting their ride. Yet, the truth is, it's like anything else. Once you understand the basics and apply yourself, it's something that can be picked up and accomplished in the garage (a driveway can even be used as a paint booth!), just like fabrication, bolt-on procedures, wiring, and the like. Besides the satisfaction of painting your ride, there are other benefits as well. For instance, painting your own ride will also put a little more change in your pocket. Paintwork is oftentimes the most expensive part of a build, and by only having to deal with the cost of materials, the money saved can be allotted to other areas of the build. Along with that, wouldn't you like to answer, "me" when someone asks you who sprayed your ride?

Because of the aforementioned, the next two installments in the Project Get Shorty saga will focus upon painting the '71. Part One will kick things off at ground zero and cover such things as the basics, getting started, and the early stages of the process. Part Two will finish things up with layout, cutting, and buffing. In a nutshell, we're gonna cover the painting process from start to finish. Keep in mind, it's mathematically impossible (and yes, I checked using various forms of theorems, equations, and algorithms!) to cram everything one would need to know about painting in the form of written word. Therefore, these stories will cover the ABCs to get you headed down the right path. As for D through Z, you'll pick that up with experience, practice, and the ever-so infamous trial and error.