"Laurie S." <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Hey Snakes,
> I have an idea about my fastback that I want to run by you guys because I
> know you'll give me a straight answer. The car has the San Jose red lead
> oxide primer under it and it just doesn't look right with the rest of the
> car. The floor pans are in beautiful shape but the primer is a bit worn
> needs work.
> I've thought about other colors and considered both black and Sapphire
> The problem is that my driveshaft, subframes, and traction bars are black
> and they wouldn't contrast with a black primer. At the same time, the
> axle and shocks are Sapphire Blue and would be lost against a blue primer.
> Trouble will be competing in the trailered modified class at MCA National
> shows so I want something that will look great.
The presence of black complicates the choice of color schemes, IMO, because
it is not even on the same "color wheel" as blue. Black is the absence of
all color. It's contrasting color is white and complementary colors are
Do you want the undercarriage to say something bold about the car or
something more subdued? Bright primary colors that complement and contrast
to sapphire blue would be bold, very bold. Pastels would give you a more
subdued look. This all depends on how you want the undercarriage to strike
> My other thought is to go with a dark antique nonmetallic gold (not an
> in-your-face bright gold) that would complement the car and allow for a
> contrast underneath. I kind of have that color now under my coupe,
> there's more gray in the coupe's primer and a lot of metallic (Dearborn
> factory primer).
This would be nice. Gold (yellowish orange) is almost the perfect
complementary color for sapphire blue, and being a dark shade will add some
gray scale to bring in the black pieces.
> I'm going to have to paint this monster in sections with airbrush because
> don't have a lift so this will be fun. I want to make sure that the color
> will work.
Here's a site I like because it is simple and basic:
> So what do you guys think?
> Oh, btw, Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
There are many choices - ignore the black, ignore the blue, change the blue
(probably not, right), change the black, start from scratch.
For REALLY BOLD, how about a tricolor scheme of sapphire blue, an
orange-red, and a yellow-green?
If you want to leave the black pieces black, have you thought of doing
something in contrasting white and/or in complementary gray scale for the
John - ThunderSnake #59
'69 Mach 1 w/ 390 4V
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