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Thinking of going with a red-oxide...any thoughts/pics?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by flyingbohemian, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. flyingbohemian
    Joined: Aug 15, 2009
    Posts: 54


    SO I'm thinkin about going with a matte red oxide primer look...for now. My thought is also to hand paint "pikey brewing co." on the doors(name of the micro brewery me and my buddies are trying to open). I wanted to give it an "aged" look, like this was actually a beer delivery truck from the 50's. Any thoughts? Also, I;d love to see some pics of trucks with a similar paint job for inspiration.

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  2. To be perfectly honest I won't paint the truck primer red,,in fact it looks pretty cool as is,,just add the name of your brewery and that's really all ya need.

    There is a lot of fading and smudging that goes along with red primer.

    But that's my .02 cents worth. HRP
  3. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,037

    from Michigan

    No...can't be. You're not really thinking of priming that truck are you? Looks great the way it sits! I have a feeling I may be biting on a hook here.
  4. r8odecay
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
    Posts: 787


    Going about 10 steps backward in my opinion. Plus, PLAYED OUT.

  5. Master of None
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 2,279

    Master of None

    Leave it alone. It looks great as is, take it to a sign painter and have them paint your logo in old time script.
  6. Daddyfink
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 463


    Honestly, I would just change the wheels to something more retro and leave it alone.

    The primered, rusted, patina, fake work vehicle thing is getting very tired. Just have the brewery name painted on properly and leave it alone. Afterall, all those old work trucks had fresh paint once!
  7. 61 chevy
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 891

    61 chevy

    YOU ASKED, NO,NO,NO,:eek:
  8. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,445

    from MN,USA

    I personally would leave it, but if you do primer, I prefer Ditzler's Kondar red oxide primer color versus cheaper looking hotrod red primer colors. Drawbacks are in time primer fades when exposed to sunlight and none of them look good. I'd letter and go for natural patina with existing paint. No pics of Kondar color sorry.
  9. flyingbohemian
    Joined: Aug 15, 2009
    Posts: 54


    I appreciate the thoughts, but if you get close on this truck, it's not good looking with the high gloss paint...lots of dents. Plus the previous owner thought it's be cool to put a bunch of accessories on this truck, including a "283" badge...on a truck equipped with a 400! Also, a badge saying "streetrod"...that's like putting a badge saying "bicycle" on your bike. Either way, it's gotta get re-painted, and I'm not the biggest fan of real glossy rides. I like a matte finish, and have seen several tones in the brown to re-oxide look that I've liked.
  10. Rain_man
    Joined: Dec 7, 2009
    Posts: 183


    i say do it if that is what you like
    you are the only one that has to like how it looks
  11. KUZTOM
    Joined: May 6, 2008
    Posts: 909


    I like Red Oxide ! :p
  12. flyingbohemian
    Joined: Aug 15, 2009
    Posts: 54


    Kuztom...looks awesome! How can someone not like that?
  13. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,595

    from Garner, NC

    very played out.
  14. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    That's a neat truck...I think your plan sounds great..Maybe some older steel wheels and maybe wide whites and you'd be ready for the season........
  15. spudsmania9
    Joined: Aug 25, 2005
    Posts: 153

    from Arkansas

    I think red oxide is great for a "less than perfect" body. Glossy paint on ripply metal makes a good 60 MPH vehicle. Looks good going by at 60 MPH, not so good when you take a closer look. Red oxide is okay.
  16. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,436


    16" steel wheels + 3" chop + redone shiny paint + bumpers = badass truck. lettering optional. Your welcome.;)
  17. Philbilly
    Joined: Dec 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,294


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  18. I've got it, and it's fine for now....until I finish the bodywork. It's prone to fading, grease and sap spots show up easily, and if you use a pressure washer on it you can see the fan pattern after it dries. So you wash it again. Then again.

    But for now, I like it.:)
  19. How about semi-gloss in some other color? It'll hide the dents a bit better than gloss, and it's not as played out as red oxide. I think old delivery trucks look good with a matte or semi-gloss medium blue. Other than that, how about you barter some beer for some bodywork to straighten out that truck? I'm sure you could find a taker on here.
  20. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 5,273


    ................Or painting your truck red oxide with fake logo's on the side.

    The red oxide is going to do what? Hide the dents?

    Maybe you can get one of those crying dolls and dress him as a beer delivery driver also.
  21. shmoozo
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 672

    from Media, PA

    Could you get a matt finish paint that is the color of red oxide primer, but isn't actually red oxide primer?
  22. Captain Freedom
    Joined: May 6, 2009
    Posts: 262

    Captain Freedom
    from Upstate SC

    Doesn't primer absorb moisture?
    If thats the look you want, spray some red basecoat over the truck and then shoot a few coats of flat clear over that. All the red oxide primer I've seen was lacquer, not the kinda primer you'd want to put under (or over?) a nice paint job.
  23. uc4me
    Joined: Feb 3, 2006
    Posts: 516


    you could repaint with single stage paint with a flattening agent added (don't know if you can put flattening agent in clear)
  24. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,524

    from California

    It is yours and you should paint it any kind or color you want......Definately loose the wheels though.
  25. flyingbohemian
    Joined: Aug 15, 2009
    Posts: 54


    Whoa, really? You should take some time to read, as you'd see that it in fact isn't a fake label, but will become our breweries truck in parades and shows, etc. And no, it will not hide the dents, but dents certainly look better with a primed look. The whole point is to make it look "aged".

    Didn't know yall felt so passionate about your anti-red-oxide movement you've got going on here.

    Bottom line, it's all in the eye of the beholder, and it's funny when everyone says its played out, when every time I go to a show, I see way more glossy candy apple rods...many of which have almost identical paintjobs.
  26. Kerry67
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 2,606


    What isn't ??? Do what ya wanna do.
  27. r8odecay
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
    Posts: 787


    Dude. You asked for thoughts and opinions. You got them.
  28. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,106


    The real question is whether your beer is worth a shit or not!? Some stiff competition with Town hall, Surly and others up in the cities. If you REALLY want patina, why not start with what you have and do some wetsanding with 400 grit or so? Fake yes, but the good jobs are very artistic.
  29. mac762
    Joined: Jun 28, 2007
    Posts: 676


    If you didn't live so far away you could park your truck out in my pasture and we could install some bullet holes in it too. :)
    I drive a red oxide primered El Camino everyday (it came that way), if it were shiney I'd leave it alone.
    It is your truck, and red oxide primer is the best color of primer. I doubt if a beer company would have painted their logo on top of bare primer back in the 50's. You truck wouldn't even have been that old back then.
  30. 40mel
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 77

    from SoCal

    Here's mine before (yellow) and after (satin brown prime), in my opinion way better.

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