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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by SFO, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. SFO
    Joined: Feb 12, 2014
    Posts: 31

    from Novato, CA

    Hey everybody,
    I'm looking to paint my '54 Bel Air HT, and have decided on going with white for the primary color. Looking to go either satin or gloss, brighter white color, not ivory etc. I want to run some time of topcoat for maintenance etc. No primer or single flat. I've always liked the look of chrome on white. Also, Im rolling with shaved handles and shaved side mouldings. Has anyone seen a white metal flake/pearl top on a white body car?

    It's hard finding pictures of fully white paint jobs, most searches yield white wall paint threads and pictures of cars with white tops only. Did a dirty photo mod on Moonglow for a quick idea, so its closer to what I'd be doing. Please dont be angry, it's just for reference :)

    If anyone could post some rides in satin and gloss white it'd be appreciated!

    Thanks guys - SFO White.jpg
  2. From a personal prospective white just doesn't look right on early cars,there are very few that have pulled it of successfully.

    Some come off looking like a big refrigerator laying on it's side,,JMHO.... HRP
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  3. SFO
    Joined: Feb 12, 2014
    Posts: 31

    from Novato, CA

    Looking for pics, color choice is exactly choice :)

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  4. olcurmdgeon
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,945


    when I was a kid in high school (50s) a guy in town totally dechromed a 1957 Pontiac two door hardtop and painted it ice box white. Sat level and low. Bear in mind that was almost a new car, maybe 1-2 years old and as a budding gearhead that was striking to me! all it needed was some restrained pinstriping on hood and trunk. Each to their own,SFO.
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  5. Moby
    Joined: May 18, 2014
    Posts: 138

    Member Emeritus

    IMG_0994.JPG Mine is pearl white and I'm happy with it. 20140620_180628.jpeg
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    Not the same style car or anything, but white cars are awesome.
  7. flthd31
    Joined: Aug 5, 2007
    Posts: 561


    Go for it. Your car, your choice...totally get it. Here's a few.
    Also check out "1999 Cadillac Eldorado White Diamond " of my favorites. You really have to see it in person to appreciate it.

    chevy.jpg lincoln 39.jpg merc.jpg
  8. Guys used to run their cars in white primer before paint and I personally think it looked great. Some of these are cars in white primer and I know you are not looking for primer but it gives you an idea of white custom.
    FowlerSide02FB-vi.jpg ill_ChuckCampbellChevyBarris01-vi.jpg P3280056-vi.jpg Quesnelwhiteprimer-1-vi.jpg
  9. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,387


    DSCN6473.jpg Absolutely nothing wrong with white on the body, besides, nearly ANY color interior will work with it...!!! My good friend's '56 Caddy...

  10. There's 100 or more different shades of white too. Friend of mine painted a 69 barracuda a bright white and it hurts your eyes to look at it out side in the sun. It actually has a blue tinge to it next to his white 2013 ram truck.

    Most chrome has a blue tinge to it also, white chrome and gold go really well together.
  11. I like white... IMG_8886.jpg
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  12. carpok
    Joined: Dec 29, 2009
    Posts: 389

    from Indy

    It's ermine white single stage it's a older GM color. Like all paint the lighting makes it look different fluorescent lights give it a ivory look. Ron

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  13. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,956

    Jalopy Joker

    yep, lots of shades/tints of white - just like black. do a lot of looking before laying down paint.
  14. SFO
    Joined: Feb 12, 2014
    Posts: 31

    from Novato, CA

    Thanks - these are great guys, keep em coming!
  15. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,945

    from shelton ct

    my 'ol 63 merc, sickkens autocryl 00 white, straight out of the can, brightest white I ever laid eyes on.

  16. mammyjammer
    Joined: May 23, 2009
    Posts: 492

    from Area 51

    I have a white 76 F-250 long bed and thats a LOT of white, I wish I would have gone with another color on it.
    My 58 Fairlane hardtop is also white and I love it . I think the big window openings and the curves of the car work well with white. I think interior color is more critical on a white car than most other paint colors. My pick up has a tan interior....boring is the word that comes to mind when I hop in it. I'm leaning towards a red/ white or all red interior for the Fairlane.
  17. papajohn
    Joined: Nov 2, 2006
    Posts: 810


    I personally like white, but as stated, there is white and there is white. Extremely bright white looks right on some cars, but sometimes that "colonial" white, kind of yellowy-beige white that Ford used a lot looks good too.

    I am also intrigued by satin white, but it seems like it would be a real pain to keep clean. Anyone have real world experience with satin white?
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  19. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,472


    White is a great car color. If you want the absolute whitest white, DayGlo type white, look at the OT Jaguar XJ6 from the 1980's/'90's. The white from those cars is without a doubt the whitest/gloss-reflective color I've ever seen on a car, and it looks real good.
  20. I've painted a bunch of cars white and loved every one. If you go for a "hurt your eyes" white look at a DuPont color that came on late 80's Celica Supra's called "Super White 2", it has a Safire blue in it and really shines. With the curves on your Chevy you might also like the look of the more sophisticated Cadillac "Champagne White" from the early 90's. It looks very nice with lots of chrome. Sorry for no samples but I'm not a Photoshop guy.
  21. Boones
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 9,559

    from Kent, Wa

    I like all white cars and if you get bored, you can always paint the roof a different color.
  22. bengeltiger
    Joined: Mar 3, 2012
    Posts: 469


    What grill are you using? Looks great! (Sorry for the hijack, back to white paint jobs now)

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  23. butcherted
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 762

    from hagerstown

  24. I love a nicely done white Kustom. It can be a nice contrast between the chrome and white body. black isn't always black and white. Satin white.....hard to keep clean and the shine of white looks better. We used to call bright white refrigerator white for some reason. Please don't leave those black rims exposed...get some nice hubcaps or chrome reverse wheels
  25. Moby
    Joined: May 18, 2014
    Posts: 138

    Member Emeritus

    1936 International cut 7.5"
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  26. If you have a white car your gaps need to be perfect or they stick out like a sore thumb!
  27. I agree. Flat white just doesn't do anything for most cars. Gloss white can look amazing on the right car. Surprised no one has posted a pic of Bolander's Impala from American Graffiti yet. One of my favorite cars I have owned was an O/T '77 Chrysler New Yorker, refrigerator white with a white vinyl top (and green velour interior....). Looked simply amazing in white, never saw a different color on the car that I liked.
  28. txturbo
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,771


    My 57 Belair I had in high school was all Ermine white. If you go with BC/CC you can just use the base white and then add pearl, flakes or whatever to the clear.
  29. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,189


    White is a great color. Ditto on the gaps.
  30. lewk
    Joined: Apr 8, 2011
    Posts: 749

    from Mt

    White cars can look great, especially with the right interior color; I have two. I'm partial to solid white, solid colorful interior color. If the interior is too beige and boring it can start looking like a rental car. There are a couple of pearl whites from the 90's and early 2ks that would look really good on a '60s style custom. Lexus and Cadillac come to mind. White cars can be hard to photograph well because they can wash out if the lighting isn't right.
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