View Full Version : What color to paint it?
12-09-2004, 12:04 AM
My friend recently aquired a 1992 Chevrolet Camaro B4C/1LE. Very neat car good handling for a F-body too. It was orignally a cop car and orignal color to be white (white in engine bay, and other various hidden spots). He now is looking at having it painted but torn on what color to make it. Half the problem is that his interior is RED!!! Currently the car is painted maroon, but the white is showing through and fading in some places. He is not a very big fan of red cars minus some exceptions (enzo's etc), so red exterior is out of the question. Chanigng the cars entire intior is also really out of the question. He is thinking white, but this car does see some auto-crossing and rallying. This is kinda his daily driver, but not really (he drives it most days, but has a fairly new truck that is reliable).
What color to pick?
How much do you suspect a descent paint job w/ clear coat and old paint being stripped?
oh, here is the link to the car:
12-09-2004, 01:20 AM
First off, is it a bright red interior or more of a maroon interior? A lot of the older chevys had a maroonish color that looked like dried blood.
In terms of the color to paint it, the number one thing is his opinion and tastes.
With a red interior, the exterior could easily be Black, Blue (darker blues, Midnight, Navy or True/wedgewood blues...I dont think lighter shades would work), Titanium silver (Think BMW z8, Mercedes SL55 AMG), and white.
Tan would work if its the maroonish color but not a bright red.
Green, IMHO, would not work, although in terms of color compatability they are considered to be complimentary.
I wouldnt go for a brown and I am basing my suggestions on straight colors, I am not taking into account metallic colors, fading colors, or other similar specialty paints.
A good paint job is going to run $3000+, I have heard that some of the paint jobs that they do on shows like Overhaulin run closer to $10k. A cheaper paint job (think Maaco) often advertises for $200 - $1000.
I have no idea whether the more expensive paint jobs includes stripping the car down or not. If it doesnt, I dont know what that would run.
One last comment, if he is going to put all this money into it, why not just redo the interior too? It just seems like he could go with any color combination he wanted then.
12-10-2004, 01:31 PM
it is a pretty bright red interior
12-10-2004, 07:07 PM
Silver - works with the red, and forgiving of dirt and anything bodywork-wise missed during the pre-paint prep.
Avoid darker colors for repaints unless the bodywork is perfect. Darker colors show every ripple, ding and sanding mark.
B4C F-bodies are pretty rare - nice find.
12-10-2004, 07:10 PM
Sliver sounds like a great idea!
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