I am looking for opinions on paint for my 72 convertible. We are starting the body repair on Monday morning so I dont have to make a decision right this week. I know I am going to hear the do what you want to do its yours, but, when I was at Carlisle I saw a 72 coupe that was painted Kandi Tangerine. I really really liked that color. The original color is supposed to be Ontario Orange. I bought the car to keep, however if I decide somewhere down the line to sell what is my true cost of not going with the original color. I dont plan to have it judged at any time. I am replacing a total interior with everything new down to most screws and replacing all chrome on the exterior. The Kandi Tangerine is more of a bright orange with a sparkling metalic. I know I should keep it original color but the Tangerine is a much nicer color. Should I worry about resale or paint what I think is nice. What a question! Looking forward to your thoughts. And please give me your true opinions. Thanks Rodney
Vette(s): 1972 LS5 Convertible,Auto.Targa Blue with Black Interior.
I think you'll enjoy it more if you go with the Tangerine. Unless it's all numbers matching and all that then go with what you like. I will repaint mine hopefully this winter. It's supposed to be targa blue but I'll probably go with a different blue. I'm leaning toward the electron blue that they used for a few years.
Vette(s): #1 *1980 White, Red interior 14,000 mile
#2 *1980 Red, Oyster interior 93,000 miles Resto project car, rebuilt to 383 stroker
Rod if you don't plan to sell it for a while do what you really want, put the color on that makes it crank heads. When I do the Red one I want a red that pops, I choose Viper Red.
Back in the 2009 C3VR calendar Member Howard Van Bruggen Screen name "hvb79" from Renton, Wa. had an Orange 1979 for the month of October I remember him writting that his brother and Dad helped him redo the car.
He painted it Lamborghini Orange and its is awesum. I also saw a Pearl Orange 1980 at Vettes at the beach this year and absolutely hated it, though it looked like puke.
I still owe you that scan of my blaster ans as soon as I find that "safe" place i put the darn book I'll send it
Bottom Line it's your Vette and all your hard work.....make it's yours!..............unlike Barry (jaws79) who has to keep his the stock color
Vette(s): 70 LT1 coupe, 69 350 HP coupe, 69 390HP 427 coupe, 71 LS5 convert, 85 coupe, 93 coupe
I agree that unless it is a very correct high-dollar car, color won't be a factor in resale. For everyone who is offended, there will be at least one more who loves it. I recently saw one that was House of Color Tangelo Pearl. It was spectacular!
I am a big fan of Ontario orange. I agree with a little bit of both arguments. If i knew I were going to sell the car in the next couple of years, I definitely would not go with a particularly radical color. I have seen the House Colors Tangelo, that Larry mentioned, and agree it is a spectacular color. But that is merely my opinion. Ten other people may hate it, and one of those ten may have been a potential buyer, if not for the color. I usually say do what makes you happy. But I would not follow my own advice if I knew I would be selling in the next year or so. I do believe that color matters when selling a car, especially a Vette.
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Scott, I agree with you and the others that when selling a vette color and paint become a major issue. I like the Ontario Orange and with todays new paints I think with lots of clear coats it will look deep and nice, but that orange I saw in Carlisle was awesome. I appreciate everyones thoughts. I still dont know which way I am going yet. I have 2 - 3 weeks to decide. Going to bring some paint samples home tomorrow for the wife and daughter to look at. Rodney
Best of luck Rodney. To me, there is nothing more exciting, in the car hobby, than new paint. Man, when you start pulling off the paper and tape, and see that new color pop it's a great feeling. I know whatever you decide, you'll enjoy the outcome. Especially if your wife and daughter participate in the color choice.
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Vette(s): 1969 daytona conv. all original 350 350 380 4 sp w/air..and hard top
Yes I agree with all here ..definitely a tough choice ! If you really liked that color you told me about at Carlisle I would go for it! One choice has to outweigh the other..one has to think what I would enjoy more-the color you chose or a little more money a few years from now? Can't wait to park next to it at Sonic again!
I just got my Vette back about 3 weeks ago from a complete strip and repaint. The original color was '80 Classic White. I repainted it 1958 Snowcrest White. I think it looks great but that's just my opinion. It really depends on why you are repainting it. If you're doing it for resale value, then, go with an original color. But if you're doing it to please yourself, go with your gut. Good luck.
Its really good to hear how everyone thinks. I still havent made up my mind yet but on Monday the painter is going to shoot an old panel with the Ontario Orange. Then hes going to do some taping of different layers of paper then spray the tangerine remove a section spray again, remove another section then clear coat remove again then just clear coat on the original. He said this will give me a better idea of what the tinted clear will do as each coat will change the color. I am hoping that the tangerine will bring a deep depth to the paint without changing the color to much. Then I will also see what the original is likek with clear coat as well. Then I guess its decision time. I worked on a 68 camaro yesterday that he called the color corvette orange and said it was a factory camaro color in 68. I havent chcked on it yet but that was really nice as well. Rich, I think its going to be a longgggggg time till I can get this thing to Sonic. I was out Wednesday night and a local guy that was in a corvair used to own a 72 vette and as we talked he said he still had his dist. shielding. I asked if he wanted to sell it and he delivered it today. Would only take $50 for it. I thought that was a steal! Made the trip to Sonic worth whjile although I think his corvair and my vette were the only cars with 8 cyls there! The rest were small foreign cars! Rodney
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