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History Traditional hot rod paint colors

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Apr 28, 2017.

  1. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 39,795


    I think that you ay be onto something here. I thought for the longest time that "The Fly" was primer. Then I was looking at a picture I snapped of it and saw that it was silver. I actually didn't believe my camera and had to get a closer look the next time we were in the same place.

    We painted a '40 Ford a color that was called Ghost Grey (gray?) when I was in high school. it was so pale that it looked white to me unless it was parked near a white car. Of course you have to allow that you are hearing this from a man that gets confused a little bit by some colors. :oops:
  2. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 12,661

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    it is just to my eye maybe and don't get me wrong i like silver, and i have a silver convertible but my "eye" sees the blue top and interior and the silver as a negative space. on the silver corvette posted i see the white concave. the car would look just as good if the concave was any other color........except silver.
  3. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 39,795


    We did silver cars here for a couple of years. Not all cars look good in silver, for me it just depends on the car.

    Seems like Ford had a tan in the '30s that looked good.
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  4. I love all these colors, I really do. But if I'm going to build a car that I get to choose the color, and I've got one shot to make me love it, it will probably not be one of the trad colors like Washington Blue, or others mentioned here.

    There was a 32 4-door in a magazine 10 years ago that was calle "Copper Candy". That color was awesome. It was like a orange/copper metallic. I think a Ford Ranger color. There's also a Lexus color that is a metallic baby blue.

    I'd probably order a HOK catalog and look in there.

    But, at the end of the day, do whatever floats yer boat, like painting a 35 pickup brown...... ;)
    Last edited: May 2, 2017
  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 12,952


    Silver and grey scare me, because if it's not just right, it looks like primer. There's a recently painted roadster around in a very light bright silver and to me it looks like they wanted it to be bare metal.

    It can be done, but silver and grey are trickier than many other colors.

    And I personally don't care for modern urethane base/clear paint on a period build.

    Lacquer and enamel have a look that can't be recreated. Enamel is my personal preference on old cars.

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  6. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 39,795


    I am with you 100% on lacquer and enamel. I like lacquer because it is forgiving, but enamel is easy enough if you just get a little practice before hitting it on the real project. They just look right.
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  7. Almost any color was used. In the sixties, we would just look at the color charts of the regular car manufacturers. ... and choose one. Not many folks could afford custom colors.

    Red, black, and maroon were all popular. There was a Chrysler Midnight Blue metallic that was one of my favorites.
    Mine, Midnight Blue, painted in 1963
  8. b-bob
    Joined: Nov 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,057


    Chicle Drab Stock 1928 colour. Not my favourite, but it suited the car at the time. 14249729_10206723266909331_2537478802863880317_o.jpg
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  9. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 17,381


    The Produce Truck was painted in my head long before the project started. I remember the looks I would get when I would mention, Dark suede brown, Tan and orange.
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  10. From Rik Hovings site:
  11. You were right. It looks good.

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  12. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 698

    The Shift Wizard

    When I was a pup.....
    my recollection is that the majority of rods and customs spent more of their life in black primer than they did in mega-thousand dollar paint jobs.
  13. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,981

    Gary Addcox

    I'm pretty sure that you can buy a red Toyota .[/QUOTE]
    Yes, you can buy a red Toyota. However, this guy with the A RPU has the credentials to sustain his choice. Obviously, his ride has been the same color since it appeared on the cover of that mag. I decided to go out on a limb and squirt my Deuce roadster Victory Red. Just on a whim! ! !
  14. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,981

    Gary Addcox

    This '34 just screams this is the right color for it.................subtely. Couldn't be any better.
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  15. fordflambe
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 255

    from Houston

    Beyond color, the cars of the era did not seem to have the "high sheen" produced by the new clear coat paints. While you can cut and buff a single stage and make it shiny, to me, it just has a different "glow" than the newer two stage paints.............
  16. butcherted
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 763

    from hagerstown

  17. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 17,381


    Most of the original cars had a nitrocellulose lacquer on them, I believe.
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  18. A 2 B
    Joined: Dec 2, 2015
    Posts: 27

    A 2 B

    Color choice is something that changes for me just about every week so I decided to just go with Henry's favorite, always in vogue...BLACK.
  19. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 17,381


    My cars are never nice enough to be black.
  20. I think this sums it up. Unless you use Joe Boccuzzi's Green!:cool:

    Joe Boccuzzi's 49 back in the day Dark Green (Joe Boccuzzi's Green) RIP JOE!
    Joe Boccuzzi.jpg
    Last edited: May 21, 2017
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  21. bondolero
    Joined: Dec 10, 2008
    Posts: 540


    Black with apple green pinstripe.
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  22. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 3,104

    Bandit Billy

    Shamus, you got a color code to go with that perfect maroon?
  23. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,626


    I don't do paint. My money goes into the conversion of a stocker to a Hot Rod with go fast parts
    I try to find them with already "good enough" paint on them.
    So far, Henry Ford green seems to be my color!
    Isn't that traditional? :)

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