I'm planning on painting my Spyder Bright Red but my wife says its going to be a med. dark blue metallic.
We see who wins.
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Yes, choosing a color can get you all over the map. First, I looked at the completed coupes thread here and there. I googled it, too.
Which basically meant you can have it any color you like. I wanted 1) something different, which eliminates blue, 2) a light color, as dark ones suck up heat and make it worse. The back window is already a greenhouse, I won't use black as an interior color. Worst choice ever. But it does need to coordinate, and interior choices are limited.
The current vision is a medium gold with almond stripes, similar to the GT40 I see on a certain car wax package lately. But, I know what I will likely do, simply because of costs. $8,000 for paint has no place in my budget. It will get paint, tho, which means a simple primary color. I'm already using an alternative material repainting my Jeep, and by golly, it works. Or, I should say, works you over. But it comes out as well as my skill level at sanding allows. Great practice.
A coupe body would be so much easier. No creases or grooved panels.
I plan understated, which is something not done very much these days. It is what was done at the beginning, tho. Don't forget, the S/C is what killed off Shelby. Excess in looks and unforgiving performance aren't elegance in action.
I did this paint job about 17 years ago using a 5hp Craftsman air compressor. It is a 1994 Viper GTS blue and I love it, gonna use it on my kit (will be ready for paint before next summer). Yup, gonna use the stripes on it too even though I didn't for that one. John
We had just dropped body at painters (SRP) and were walking to dinner in Yuba City when we spotted a cute little convertible Beetle in a dark red color. We found out the owner was one of the cooks inside and she told us the color was called Salsa Red. I loved it and Ken looked it up in his book for us the next day. That's it!
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First determine if you want the stock look or a modern interpretation.
Then go from there. For my scheme (see avatar) I had seen a car with a single stripe and red trim. I played a little with the lay out and settled on what you see(more in my photo bucket).
Since I'm still far away from this I have time to tweak. I think you need to go with your gut and stick to it. There's probably a color that you know you've seen on a car that you really like. dial in on it!
Building when I can, sigh....
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It was really tough for us. This was a family build so we had a lot of opinions. Dad and I sat down one night and had a couple beers. We looked at a few cars and realized we kept going back to red with white stripes.
Id say go with your gut. When we went to the paint store and picked the colors, we felt good about it and we are happy.
First, ask yourself a question; Did you buy it because you couldn't afford the $5,000,000+ price of the original or because you wanted something from FFR with a hard top? If it's the former, then the color has to be blue. If it's the latter then a) the color doesn't matter because the car looks great in any color (Man Law applies here so there are only 8 colors to choose from) and b) there are hundreds of other decisions to make because it's no longer a replica of a historically-significant American race car, it's just a really cool-looking sports car.
Just my opinion, take it for what it's worth. Mine will be guardsman blue with Whimbledon white stripes and either 13 or 15 will be on it.
If you are married this is a very simple process. Let your wife pick the color she likes. I spent 2 years building my Auto-X Coupe as a retirement project and was going to paint it satin black, telling her paint just adds weight. She said no way !!! You have spent a lot of hours building this car and she picked dark blue (chevy truck code)with silver stripes(viper code). The paint adds a bit of weight and cost some $$$ but she likes it. I've always wanted a zo6 corvette to replace her car which was a deep red 88. I found a nice yellow one and she said "Wrong color, I hate yellow" so I recently found a silver 03 with 16,720 miles on for a summer driver and she loves it except when I stomp on the gas.
Coupes look nice regardless of the color, it's all about performance.
I started on the web with colour sheets and then made some test panels (6" square) of the base / stripes we liked. Then made bigger panels of the select few. Looked at them in the bright light, shade, etc to find what we liked. Took several months but kept coming back to a couple. Was either the sunfire copper or british racing green and then chose the more subtle of the two.
I went thought the same thing looking at colors, I looked at the rim color sidepipes, etc... you can look on the computer all day I finlly got a basic idea and went to the auto paint store and looked in there chip book and on the moment picked a color, you can spend forever thinking of a little lighter or darker
MN that looks cool. If you can paint like that go for it!!
Lots of interesting paint combos have become available. I know a guy with a Miata that has an LS motor in it that runs with Steel Cities Scca that has the most unique paint job I have ever seen, sometimes it's orange and then the color shifts as he drives by to a deeper shade and goes yellow then red and I think I saw green tints as he went by depending on the angle of the sun and the time of day. The paint on this car is the most amazing thing I've ever seen.
I really agree with what is said about the split cove... "the asymmetric layout of the lights and license plate really cries out for a split cove."
I believe this carries over to the hood as well. I find the small asymmetric details, like the original locations of the scoops, aesthetically pleasing. In the same way fractals are pleasing to the eye.
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When I built the Roadster, I changed my mind dozens of times; Silver, blue, black/silver stripes, silver/black stripes, black/no stripes... The Coupe was easy since I bought it partially completed and paint was already done. I'm very happy with the colors/paint scheme, and they're probably it's what I would have ended up choosing. Lexus Spectra Blue/GM White stripes, meatballs, split cove. The blue looks great in either sunlight or shade. White sidepipes do get a little dirty, but I've cleaned mine ( gently ) with steel wool and soapy water, though I do like the dirty race look.
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