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Old 04-25-2006, 01:24 PM   #1
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colors that hide imperfections.

As i get closer to getting ready for paint, i'm realy getting stuck on a color choice.. 1st i was going to go corvette blue, then i got set on black since i'm going to tint and put light covers on it and totally black it out.. but i was talking to the guy that's gonna paint it for me yesterday and he said i might want to reconsider black since its hard to paint and will show body work..

both of us are doing the body work on the car, this is my first time ever doing any body work and i think he's done it a few times, and this will be the 3rd or 4th time he's painted a car.

so going by all of this, what are my choices for colors if i want to hide any screwups in the bodywork or the paintjob?
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white does a pretty good job...
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The lighter the color, the more it'll hide. In other words, paint it white if you're not completely confident in the quality of the body work.

Black looks terrible unless the body work is flawless.
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don't wanna go white, my last car was white and i was never happy with it..

would blue or like a gun metal gray show bodywork?
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I'll repeat.

The lighter the color, the more it hides. That's the information you need. Whatever decision you make with that information is entirely up to you.

White is the best, black is the worst. Everything else is somewhere else in the middle. A light silver will obviously be better than dark blue, etc.

If it was me, I'd just make sure the body work wasn't so shoddy. But that's just me. I realize that's not the norm for most thirdgenners.
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I'll repeat.

The lighter the color, the more it hides. That's the information you need. Whatever decision you make with that information is entirely up to you.

White is the best, black is the worst. Everything else is somewhere else in the middle. A light silver will obviously be better than dark blue, etc.

If it was me, I'd just make sure the body work wasn't so shoddy. But that's just me. I realize that's not the norm for most thirdgenners.
get the body work done right the first time around, and then you can get whatever color you want
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yeah, i'm gonna try to get the body as good as possible i'm just trying to have a backup plan incase i don't do something right.
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It's true, the lighter the color the better bad body work is hidden.

Also, there is a opposite side also. Darker colors hide shooting paint in dirty environments and lighter colors show dirty spraying more. (i.e. the garage).

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well that makes my decision even harder since its getting painted in a garage which is far from the clean level of a good paintbooth..
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I have not found lighter colors to be any more susceptable to showing dust and other debris in the paint. Either way, wetsanding and buffing the paint will eliminate all but the most obscene debris anyway. Since the basecoat goes on fairly dry, it's very unlikely that you'll have any dust or debris issues... it's almost always in the clearcoat, and as long as you lay that on good and heavy, you'll have enough there to be able to safely wetsand and buff the finished product.
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"if it aint right, paint it white"

still can shine but will not show warping as bad
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black will be the worst at showing body work, like mentioned above. black is a witch because it gets dirty very easily, and it will show any inperfections. white is another color that gets dirty as hell. but it wont show the inperfections so much. if your doing the body work yourself, try and get the work done right. obviously though if its your first time doing this kinda stuff your going to have problems, and thats ok. another thing to think about is whos painting it. if someone is painting your car that doesnt have much expiereince dont use a mettalic color. its very easy to mess up a metallic job if you inexpierienced. i think a good medium between black, and white, and metallic may be silver. its a super sleek look if you can pull it off too.
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Dont forget the lighter the color the less scratches it will also show. So if you drive in areas where theres alot of debris like sand and pebbles on the road go for a lighter color also.
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if you paint it white be prepared to wash it ALOT
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