Jaguar XK140 Historic Paint Removal

Jaguar XK140

The Jaguar XK140 succeeded the Jaguar XK120 in 1954. It built upon the popular features of the XK120, but included upgrades to running gear – including the suspension and brakes – and an updated look that involved changes to the bumpers, more internal space, and wider opening doors!  The XK140 was only in production from late 1954 to 1957, resulting in a fairly modest production total of 8937 (compared to over 38,000 Type 1 E Types).

There’s a great example to be found here of the Jaguar XK120 – this was the one of a kind XK120 Pininfarina that Classic Motor Cars Ltd rebuilt in 2017.

Or, if you’re looking for the XK150, there’s one we worked on a while back that can be found here.

Bob’s Jaguar XK140

When restoration began on this beautiful XK140, paint removal wasn’t included.  As the owner began to strip away components from the car, he realised that the shell was potentially hiding problems including rot and rust.  He desired peace of mind that his 1950’s sports car would be of the highest standard once restored, so took the decision to strip the paint away and find out what was underneath.  Bob contacted SBL and after discussing his concerns with the team, decided that soda and crushed glass blasting would be the best course of action.

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As you can see, on arrival, the car looked to be in fantastic form.  Upon closer inspection, however, Bob’s concerns became more apparent.

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We set about removing the paint and exposing filler using bicarbonate of soda on the areas that could risk heat distortion if other methods are used.  This is mainly the wings, roof and bonnet on an XK140.

Jaguar XK140 front end filler Jaguar XK140 front wing filler

Finely crushed glass is then used to remove paint from ‘tougher’ areas, to take off filler, rust and underseal.  We then lightly go over the whole vehicle using glass, not enough to cause any damage, but just enough to key the metalwork ready for paint.

The car is now paint primed and at home in Yorkshire, where the restoration can propertly begin!