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mike69 07-15-2009 03:18 PM

Paint for engine compartment

I'm getting ready to paint the engine compartment on my 69 AMX. I want to use the factory color (bittersweet orange) and wanted to know what the recommendation was on type of paint to use for the engine compartment. I'm looking for a factory type restoration, but since it is the engine compartment I won't be able to color sand or buff it. As for experience, I'm a novice if that matters.

Thanks in advance for your help.

302 Z28 07-15-2009 03:22 PM

Single stage catalyzed urethane.


matt167 07-15-2009 03:45 PM

AMC's were painted with the same type of paint ( and color ) under the hood as the rest of the car and at the same time as the rest of the car was painted.. this would be for a concourse type restoration... so if you use a BC/CC.. use the same paint under the hood

mike69 07-15-2009 04:30 PM

Although I'm looking for the original shade of paint for the restoration, I'm not that interested in duplicating the errors/poor quality of the factory finish. What I would like to do is get the best quality finish for the engine compartment in terms of shine/durability and then be able to match it with the body color, although I will have the ability to sand/buff the body. If I use a single stage catalyzed urethane, should I use that on the body? If not, then can I get another type of paint to match the urethane in the engine compartment? Which brand is the best to use, and can I get someone to mix the same shade for me in two different paint types in order to get the best match?

Thanks again,

302 Z28 07-15-2009 08:16 PM

The leading paint vendors can match to either single stage or bc/cc alike.


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