View Full Version : best color to hide not the best body work

05-30-2010, 09:35 AM
want to look good 10 ft away at night!:D:D

05-30-2010, 09:37 AM

05-30-2010, 09:38 AM

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05-30-2010, 09:44 AM
Just about any light color...the lighter the better.


05-30-2010, 09:45 AM
"It ain't right, you paint it white".

pimpin paint
05-30-2010, 09:49 AM

The colour you want is ''Collision Beigh ''!

" The icecream truck in his neighborhood plays Helter-Skelter ''

05-30-2010, 09:50 AM
I'd say yellow

05-30-2010, 09:51 AM
and make it a single stage paint

05-30-2010, 09:52 AM
Is it just body work or are the panel gaps an issue as well? If they are white is not the choice. The lighter colors show the gaps worse. The darker colors show the imperfections in the body worse. I tend to go with something on the light side of medium. It seems to be the most forgiving all the way around. And lighter colors also show dirt real bad.

05-30-2010, 09:54 AM
I say do more body work.

05-30-2010, 09:55 AM

05-30-2010, 09:56 AM
I say do more body work.

That would be the correct way to deal with it. Lol.

05-30-2010, 09:56 AM
panel gaps will be fine,keep in mind I live on a gravel road,and this is a fun car,my body work is .or will be ok just not building a trailer queen lol later, brad

05-30-2010, 09:58 AM
panel gaps will be fine,keep in mind I live on a gravel road,and this is a fun car,

Gravel road usually means more dirt. If you go white it'll show...

05-30-2010, 09:58 AM
"Collision beige"-that's great!

05-30-2010, 10:00 AM

05-30-2010, 10:01 AM
White, with LOTS of orange peel! Better yet; primer......a 'work in progress' look.

05-30-2010, 10:23 AM
white primer. won't see nuttin'

05-30-2010, 10:27 AM
Silver, and add a stripe or some flames where the bodywork is worst.

05-30-2010, 10:34 AM
white hides all the fright!!

05-30-2010, 10:40 AM
No One has suggested flat black??

White is a given, light Silver with low metallic content also works well. That shitty beige metallic that Toyota paints everything is very forgiving and can be dressed up. If you 2 tone the bottom and sides in Beige metallic with the top being a darker color the car can look very good and hide the flaws.

05-30-2010, 10:50 AM
What, no one suggests a healthy layer of rubber rocker coat?

Could make for an interesting two tone with a tactile finish...!

05-30-2010, 11:11 AM
Primer grey or White

05-30-2010, 11:30 AM
Baby Blue.... my truck is stock arcadian blue... the body guy thought it was a straight truck...once he got an up close and paying attention look... shes got small dings... just couldnt see it.. works great... and its traditional lol. Im painting it back a medium/light blue and white.

05-30-2010, 11:32 AM
There is money to be made with a bumper sticker!:)"It ain't right, you paint it white".

05-30-2010, 11:46 AM
my teacher in high school auto body told us this the first day we learned paint.
"white hides, black shows, red sells."

05-30-2010, 11:49 AM
The only way to hide bad bodywork is keep it in the garage with a cover over it.


05-30-2010, 12:02 PM
use the "hot rod flatz" . hides most everything & no waxing ! much better than primer . ........ steve

05-30-2010, 12:29 PM
I agree with white,thats why I won't buy a white car without extensive investigation.But white actually shows less dirt than a dark color.I have had several white (factory painted) vehicles and the white can go longer without washing before it looks really bad. Anything without a heavy gloss. I have a glossy yellow and it won't hide bad panels. I also second the hot rod black flat.

05-30-2010, 01:04 PM
flat black

philly the greek
05-30-2010, 01:21 PM
Grey primer witha guide coat . you won't see nuth'in !

05-30-2010, 01:25 PM
it doesnt have to be "black" , hot rod flatz has lots of color's . i used flatz pearl burgendy on the body & flatz metalic black on the fenders . very slight pearl & very fine metallic . great paint as it doesnt oxidize or retain moisture as primer does ..... steve

EasyRider's Rats
05-30-2010, 01:28 PM
What's wrong with the way it looks now... :-) Oh natural.

As they said white or a light color plays with the eye and will hide a lot. A light color primer is a good idea and if you get any chips from the gravel road you can touch it up easy.

05-30-2010, 01:30 PM
Probably Fleet White that most delivery trucks are painted. Maybe two tone it so that the color on the upper part draws your eyes away from the lower part.

05-30-2010, 01:34 PM
tan!! off topic car but a good example of car with mediocre body work.

05-30-2010, 01:41 PM
Grey primer witha guide coat . you won't see nuth'in !

I second that...Gray primer with a black guide coat

05-30-2010, 01:49 PM
Just use a roller - doubt anyone would notice body work. ;)

05-30-2010, 01:58 PM
more body work or white

05-30-2010, 02:01 PM
A great man once said: "As long as it's in Primer, it has potential.....once it's painted, then it's finished."

05-30-2010, 02:10 PM
That's simple WHITE

Everytime I see a car painted white I start looking really close.

Don't get me wrong I like some cars painted white but others look like a big washer or dryer and that's not cool.

There are so many great colors to use that sometimes when I see someone spend years building their dream hot rod and then they paint some really bad color it just kills the whole thing.


Jalopy Joker
05-30-2010, 02:15 PM
put on a single stage in any color and shoot it heavy enough that you get some runs and orange peel. people will see the crappy paint job and not the poor body work.

G V Gordon
05-30-2010, 02:16 PM
Silver, and add a stripe or some flames where the bodywork is worst.

DO NOT add a stripe to bad bodywork. A straight line over a wavey body follows the body surface and just calls more attention to the flaw.

05-30-2010, 03:16 PM
I always thought cars with bad body work were friendly cars, because they wave at you as they go by.

2many projects
05-30-2010, 03:31 PM
Nearly any shade in suede or plain old white

05-30-2010, 03:48 PM
I am probably going to get a ration of shit for saying this but my experience is that white will show poor body work almost as bad as black. How do I know? I had a white car with shitty body work. Tan is a good color or suede.

05-30-2010, 03:52 PM
Light gray primer. Plus it's easy to touch up.

05-30-2010, 04:04 PM

05-30-2010, 04:07 PM
white and silver

05-30-2010, 09:40 PM
Pastels, Blue, Green, Yellow. Lots of Orange peel and your good to go!!!

The Old Tinbasher

05-30-2010, 09:52 PM
Grey primer witha guide coat . you won't see nuth'in !


peter johnson
05-30-2010, 09:53 PM
Paint it white or biege with a paint brush,then get it pinstriped!

05-30-2010, 09:56 PM
I am also of the camp that white is not the best choice. It won't show dirt, but I've seen bad body work on white a mile away.

My personal choice would be tan or almond or an appliance beige like older computer cases were painted. My first choice would be almond.

Oh, by the way, since you are going cheap. You can get cans of this in a particular, much hated, brand at the local Lowes Hardware or Home Depot for a couple of bucks. The vette wasn't painted in it, I'm sure, but since you just want to make it a solid color...

Another almond from another thread. Notice how not noticeable the rust and well worn paint looks?

05-30-2010, 10:02 PM
Primer, flattened color, anything with a ton of peel.....If the body work really botheres you I'd go with the primer and start fixing each panel as time permits..fix a wiggle or two rattle can to cover....go drive for a while.......fix another panel...rattle can over the until your happy with the body, then paint it any color you want

low budget
05-30-2010, 10:06 PM
I have heard this true?
or would this be for a lighter orange only?
Im thinking of painting my 55 hugger orange.

05-30-2010, 10:14 PM
Bright Bright oranges, reds and yellows can be distracting as well

05-30-2010, 10:27 PM one will look

05-30-2010, 10:43 PM
grey primer witha guide coat . You won't see nuth'in !


05-30-2010, 11:04 PM
bedliner paint. Hides everything, wears like iron.

Kirk Hanning
05-30-2010, 11:19 PM
I don't have a pic but there was a 48' Chevy running around Detroit years ago painted with orange bed liner crap. I think that you could of grafted an elcamino front clip and never of noticed. It was like a bad accident, you couldn't look away.

05-30-2010, 11:21 PM
Flattened Desert Storm camouflage.

05-30-2010, 11:23 PM
Silver does the job well

05-31-2010, 01:28 AM
Flat black single stage. You can always keep a rattle can and 3m scuff pad in the trunk for on the spot touch-up.

05-31-2010, 08:50 AM
Flat black single stage. You can always keep a rattle can and 3m scuff pad in the trunk for on the spot touch-up.
that's the ticket thanks! braddles (

05-31-2010, 05:02 PM
Mine is rough , it was never intended to be a show car , just a beater to play around with. I wanted to leave it in primer ,but the boss [ wife] said paint it or sell it. The brown hides pretty good but it's darker than I wanted. Oh well , it's just a car.

05-31-2010, 07:16 PM
Brightest yellow you can find. The people's retinas will get burned out so fast, they won't have time to notice the bodywork.....

05-31-2010, 07:30 PM
I wanted to drive mine in a hurry (and it was rough) the baby blue $20 bucks a gallon synthetic enamel looks great at sittin' still or at 65mph:D

05-31-2010, 08:02 PM
my teacher in high school auto body told us this the first day we learned paint.
"white hides, black shows, red sells."

most of the red cars around here , should have been painted flat black...... as mosta re atleast 30'er's.......:eek:

a charcoal grey can hide a bit.....just about done with a wavy 'glassed 69 camaro.....and the grey hide a lot. :D

Kan Kustom
05-31-2010, 08:12 PM

05-31-2010, 08:44 PM
White with lace work

05-31-2010, 08:54 PM
Just remember bodywork is most of the time like women- Good from far but far from good!

05-31-2010, 08:57 PM
satin white.....

or flat white....

philly the greek
06-01-2010, 11:44 PM
I'm kinda surprized that no ones brought up the ultimate bad bodywork camoflauger,,,Zolotone!! lot's of colors available , and you could hide a cavern in it .

06-01-2010, 11:52 PM
if its ugly make it big. If it still sucks paint it red.

Four Banger
06-02-2010, 12:54 AM
My Morris Minor is a light yellow....kind of a butter color. It looks really straight, but when you run your hands over the body, it feels like a sack of walnuts!

06-02-2010, 01:01 AM

06-02-2010, 02:24 AM
I painted my 49 monarch white and like someone else said, it shows the door gaps bad. Other then that, I like white

06-02-2010, 03:09 AM
WOW, no body said Baby Blue.
Just about any light pastel color, will hide most rough body problems
Dark colors, show everything.....

06-02-2010, 06:02 AM
White is the most forgiving, black is the least forgiving. Lower gloss is more forgiving than higher gloss. Years ago, when my father was working at Ford's Atlanta assembly plant, they used to have a "White Sale" at the end of every model year--they were clearing out all the wavy sheet metal that had been culled out earlier in the model year.