It's pretty easy to lift up the look of 1980s cars with some black paint, as so many cars from this era eschewed chrome trim for European style flat black. I am wondering if anyone else could do the same with other eras of classic cars.
My 1985 LTD Brougham (with a 5.0 HO swap, so it's kinda quick) came to me with a pretty sorry looking set of silver toned headlamp bezels and front grille, and since I had to go in there to rip out those awful eBay Chineseium headlights (that were wired incorrectly!) I went a step further...
...with a can of $3-4 semi-gloss paint from Home Depot.
I like that, spray paint on a vintage scooter/bike shows a level of caring with honesty, something you probably can't get away with on most cars (i.e. not rat rods) because of the need for large panels painted to perfection. (or close to it).
I actually did all the black on my 86 GT Mustang with Krylon spray paint after my brother painted it for me. Back in 2003 and still going strong. As for motors and under carriage I prefer Rust-olum brush paint. Holds up great and seals the gaskets. No the Mustang is not driven in the winter!
Great job Sajeev. I always liked the LTD of that era. I also like the Granadas but only for the donor disc brakes for my Falcons. I have used all sorts of rattle can paints for all sorts of projects. Mostly for primer or some no-c-um parts. Forgive the spelling and typos but I still got a splint on my bird finger! Coming off tomorrow.
Ah the good old days when you could upgrade your car to the more expensive "Euro-edition" with a can of flat black. The most memorable use of a spray can was after my son pinched the nose of his Saturn SC-1 in a low speed rear-ender. He could only get his keys back after enduring a "male Bondo-ing" session with the old man. He learned how to fill and wet sand, apply primer etc. I am proud to say that now he knows cars and does most of his own maintenance himself.