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


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

droplord49
05-30-2010, 09:37 AM
white

publicenemy1925
05-30-2010, 09:38 AM
White.

indygasser
05-30-2010, 09:40 AM
yellow???maybe??

40StudeDude
05-30-2010, 09:44 AM
Just about any light color...the lighter the better.

R-

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

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

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

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

gasser38
05-30-2010, 09:50 AM
I'd say yellow

gasser38
05-30-2010, 09:51 AM
and make it a single stage paint

zman
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.

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

Brentadour
05-30-2010, 09:55 AM
White

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

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

indygasser
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

zman
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...

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

29bowtie
05-30-2010, 10:00 AM
"Camoflage"!!!:rolleyes:

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

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

440Dave
05-30-2010, 10:27 AM
Silver, and add a stripe or some flames where the bodywork is worst.

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

indyjps
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.

Ob1
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...!

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

65fordguy
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.

The37Kid
05-30-2010, 11:32 AM
There is money to be made with a bumper sticker!:)"It ain't right, you paint it white".

23reotim
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."

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

Bob

V4F
05-30-2010, 12:02 PM
use the "hot rod flatz" . hides most everything & no waxing ! much better than primer . ........ steve

56don
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.

Steve-Cook
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 !

V4F
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.

Mr48chev
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.

1320/150
05-30-2010, 01:34 PM
tan!! off topic car but a good example of car with mediocre body work.

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=12205&pictureid=124761

Lancer
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

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

adams27
05-30-2010, 01:58 PM
more body work or white

stlouisgasser
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."

Jimbo17
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.

Jimbo

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.

nutajunka
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

hotrod40coupe
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.

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

Hotrod1932
05-30-2010, 04:04 PM
White...

falconsprint63
05-30-2010, 04:07 PM
white and silver

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

The Old Tinbasher

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


Absolutely!

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

Diavolo
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.

http://www.proteam-corvette.com/cars/photos/283X.jpg

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?

http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg165/corncoupe/DSCF4187.jpg

bikersteve
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 work....drive.....repeat until your happy with the body, then paint it any color you want

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

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

chubbie
05-30-2010, 10:27 PM
brown...no one will look

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

x2^^^^^^

RJP
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.

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

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

Theo:HotRodGod
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.

indygasser
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 www.hoosiergassers.com (http://www.hoosiergassers.com)

Jims35
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.

millersgarage
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.....

Ellwood59
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

brandon
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
White

low-n-slo54
05-31-2010, 08:44 PM
White with lace work

50Delux
05-31-2010, 08:54 PM
Just remember bodywork is most of the time like women- Good from far but far from good!

redhawk74
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 .

67ChevyC10
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!

loco_gringo
06-02-2010, 01:01 AM
White.

48thames
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
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v403/thames1948/Picture050.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v403/thames1948/merc061.jpg

howco
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.....

38fordpickup
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.