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Old 04-27-2004, 01:59 PM
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Firewall Color

I'm in the process of cleaning up my firewall. I plan on painting it once I'm done. The question is what color? Some people say black and some say the same color as the body. That color would be orange in my case. What do you all think?

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Old 04-27-2004, 02:01 PM
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Depends on the car.....most GMs had the firewall the same as the body colour, some didn't. What is it?


It's also a matter of personal taste IMO.
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It's a '74 Nova that will be painted orange with a black stripe. I like the looks of both. Going black proabaly would be easier.
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I just did the same thing on my 70 chevy truck and i went with a satin black. I wanted the engine to stand out and people to not be examining the paint. Plus It is much easier to repair if it ever needs it. I just used rustoleum. So i dont worry about color matching and all that other junk from true automotive paint. It has proven to be pretty tough so far. I have abused it a little while working on the engine lately and nothing has chipped or scratched through the color!
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I've done the same as 70chevy with the rustoleum satin black, and it comes out nice with little problems like he said. Also, as everyone has said, it's mainly a personaly opinion. Like choosing a color of your ride. IMO, if it's not a show car, there's no real need in painting the firewall the same color. My reasoning is cuz I don't do paint, but can use a rattle can. For me, having the firewall the same color as the car means taking it to a paint shop and spending a lot more money on paint. Just my .02
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Rustoleum also comes in quarts or gallons for guys that have spray guns. Reduce a little and it goes a long way for firewall, rear ends, fender wells, etc. Wal Mart sells it.
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Personal choice...but have to take into consideration what use the vehicle is going to have. For example if you had a darker bright color like orange or green a white firewall would pop but would be dirty as a politician in no time...personally I would go with the black if you are driveing the car.
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If the paint is good, it should not make any difference how you use it. Black is harder to keep clean.

It is supposed to be semi flat black originally. If your not making it concurs then I would paint it body color, also the inner fenders. It just looks more trick., and always looks fresher than black. Just my opinion.


Here is my wifes 69 camaro with black.




Here is my 66 elcamino with body color





Here is my 69 chevelle with org type black





Here is my 69 camaro with body color




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My vote is for body color. I think that it always looks better and you are usually using a higher quality paint which be much tougher than the rustoleum in the long run. For a cheap quick rebuild the black rustoleum looks nice. Here is mine with body color. I did not smoothing at all, just capped the holes for the AC and shot the paint. The only thing I use the cheap paint on is the radiator support because it always seems to get beat up when wrenching and I can repaint it easily.

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