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Old 03-06-2006, 08:21 PM
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Why paint my f-150 the same old original Color?

Well as I'm drawing closer to finishing up all the patch and repair work, I started thinking about how I was going to paint the whole truck back to its original color which looks like this:

midnight blue with a hint of glitter or what ever that sparkly stuff is called. Any way as I was driving to get the boys from school and I had a thunk "Are you nuts, you can paint that baby any color you want, your not bound by some other paint shops restriction or cost!" BAM, so Now I'm on to a Vision quest of what color to paint her. But my question is this. Since I'm going to paint the whole truck another color (lets just call it metallic blue) depending on my new color do I need to start with a white like primer(i'm using my house painting days here) to keep from having the old Metallic blue show through? But I'm definitely not going to paint that baby back to its original color, maybe a cool orange or heck I have endless choices. But I was wondering what extra prep I might run into by going to another color. Oh and my eye has recovered nicely. Thanks for all your help


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Tex. your right, paint it any color you like. Is the interior colored? The color you choose will dictate what shade of primer or sealer should be used. You can apply any color over any color but some colors really don't cover that well, these should be sprayed over the appropriate shade of sealer or primer for best coverage. Hope this makes sense. Bob
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You bet it does.

The interior cloth is that light gray, but hey If I can learn to weld, apply filler, grind and paint. What's stopping me from doing a little fabrication of cloth, but its that light gray stuff this is what it looks like:

Now lets say Bob you had your choice to turn a f-150 into a I turner, what color would you choose? Hmmmm?
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grey will work with just about any color that's why most of the newer cars have mostly grey interiors. Is this a 4X4?
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consider keeping it blue....but a more modern version
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ooooh yeah.

Yes it is and most likely will just put a leveling kit and the biggest(widest) tires I can on it. But man I'm thinking a smoking paint job would be great. Right now I have a F-250 that's yellow but its yellow! What's your color pref Bob? I feel like a high school kid again or should I say the high school kid I never got to be .......



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Stepside has a good idea IMO, I'd pick a blue that's a bit flashier than the original color. Will you be painting the jambs, cowl, firewall, etc.? There's a heck of a lot of work incolved if you're going to do a complete color change. If you choose a blue maybe you could skip doing the firewall and some of the other internal areas which would save a whole bunch of work.
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Good Ideal Guys.

I see your points, I like the ideal of a flashyer blue. Now my next questions is where do I go to start looking at examples of different shades of Blue? stepside good ideal, I'm trying to get it painted just in time for summer and really don't want any extra work. Thanks guys.
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look at some new cars with blues that catch your eye, maybe look around at dealer lots. Write down the year & make of the car or truck. When its time to buy paint youll have a good idea what to tell the painter...or paint supplier.
look at the Blue on the 04 & 05 Subaru Impreza WRX...its brilliant. Or also the Blue on the PT Cruizer is sweet.
I dont have a pic handy, but I painted my 86 ElCamino a GM Bright Blue Poly, wish I could recall the paint code, but it was a mid 90s GM truck color, it turned out sharp.
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I had a 77 chevy stepside a few years back painted marina blue with pearl in it. I sure liked that color. I wish I had a pic of it. I will have to look.
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