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Old 02-26-2003, 05:12 PM
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I am working on a '56 Chevy sedan delivery and was wondering about phantom flames. I understand the paint technique, but was wondering if there are some body colors that work better than others? I am leaning towards either a dark green or burgandy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks
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I think if you want them to be subtle you need to use a color for the flames that is a major part of the color makeup of the base color. It kindof depends how much you want them to show. I used blue and red on purple base for mine and they are very "ghosty". They can barely even be seen unless the sun is directly on them.

I believe phantom flames tendsto work better on dark colors. The green or burgandy should work well. Here is a link to some pics of mine if you are interested.

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Agree- the ghost flames I painted on my Henry are Ford Torreador Red over Thistle purple metallic and you have to walk around the car three times to really get how they flow- it's COOL! Choose colors that are close in intensity and have the same derivative- remember Color Theory from school- red and blue make purple, yellow and blue= green and yellow + red = orange- that should help. And do comparisons on color charts from the paint shop- it really helps! Love to see 'em when you're done!!
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Outstanding flames on that truck! That's the effect that I'm looking for. Thank you both for the input. I'm several months away from painting the exterior, but need to make my color choice soon so I can paint the firewall, door jambs, etc. I'll post pictures sometime in the future, when I have something to show. This will probably be my last project car, so I want to take my time and do everything right. Thanks again!
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[quote]Originally posted by sglig:
<strong>This will probably be my last project car, so I want to take my time and do everything right. Thanks again!</strong><hr></blockquote>

Huh, last project car? I know I will never be able to say that. Or at least I cant imagine. Post some pics when you get them done.

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I'll post pictures, but it will be awhile before it's done. I know this will be the last, since it's the one car I've always looked for, a '56 Sedan Delivery. Besides that, this is the one that I'll finally be able to do a full frame-up rebuild on. I have the room to do the work and finally have the money to spend (over the next 12-18 months) to make it exactly what I want. I've already started on the chassis and am excited about the upcoming months of work. When this car is completed I'll spend my spare time washing, waxing, driving, and enjoying!!!

FYI: I highly recommend 'Jim's Chevrolet Parts Co.' in Sacramento, CA. (916) 635-8790. He's been working on these cars for years and his expertise has been extrememly helpful in planning this project.

Thanks for the advice on the flames...

Steve
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