When you’re considering whether to go mild and clean with your car’s appearance modifications, or to go wild and really make a statement and show your skills and vision, two guidelines usually ensure that your car and your efforts are respected rather than mocked behind your back: Stay true to yourself and stay true to your car.
Ideally, the finished project is unique, tasteful, and admired. The best rule is to exercise restraint. Remember quality over quantity. An overly modified car is a caricature of itself. Your car is much more likely to be a hit than the butt of jokes if you
- Stay true to the lines and heritage of your car
- Understand your car
- Modify with an eye toward restraint
Sweat the details and keep it clean. Eliminating such distractions as protective trim pieces, casting marks, and panel seams can help bring out the natural lines of your car. Adorning your car with tacked-on accessory after accessory obscures the natural lines of your car. Be very careful about buying replica kits and knock-offs. These rarely fit right and often look off even after spending time and money aligning them.