NIGHTMIST or CASPIAN?? [Archive] - Classic Cougar Forums


December 2nd, 2009, 10:18 AM
Choosing a (new) color. Almost there. But pics of a cat would be helpful (lost of stangs out there). Anybody have a Cat in Nightmist Blue or Caspian Blue?

If you could post or send me pictures that would be great. If you have pics of the same car different lighting conditions (sun, cloudy, evening) that would even be better.

My aim is dark blue , without a purplish glow to it. Capian and Nighmist seem to come close.


December 2nd, 2009, 11:18 AM
Check out Kevin Marti's '67 convertible at:

December 3rd, 2009, 04:11 AM
It didnt see any reference to a color? Just looking at the pictures I would say the car is brown (probably says more about me than the actual color).:sun:

December 3rd, 2009, 07:14 AM
After years of trying to figure out a color to piant mine I picked this Dark Blue Onyx, Lexus color code 8P8. I have had many compliments on the color and this is with her just sitting in the drive way while I'm finishing up the color sanding, buffing, and trimming it out with the chrome.

This link will take you to the post that shows the bluea little better (

December 3rd, 2009, 10:05 AM
How about Wellington Blue.

December 3rd, 2009, 11:32 AM
It didnt see any reference to a color? Just looking at the pictures I would say the car is brown (probably says more about me than the actual color).:sun:

I realized after I posted that there was no reference to the color, but this is my first chance to get back on the forum. I think Kevin's car is either Caspian Blue or Presidential Blue (you'll need to cross-reference these names to the Mercury palette names).

December 3rd, 2009, 02:12 PM
Does it have to be a factory Cougar blue?

The new manufacturers' colors (like Vidro's color) are much prettier because of the severe differences in paint technology from 40 years ago. New colors have pearls and xurallics that pop more than the old metallics in blue.

December 3rd, 2009, 06:50 PM
I do not care about if the color is ford/mercury or time-correct. Which actually makes the choice all the harder....
But most blue's I have seen tend to have quite some purplish glow to it. I really like the Lexus Onyx from Vidro, I'd like it a bit darker, and the Porsche GT color is good-looking too. The BMW is way too purple, the VW is mostly too light & a bit purple.

Twilight Blue 1988 Ford &Caspian 1965

December 3rd, 2009, 06:58 PM
+1 on the Wellington Blue

One of the nicest dark blues I know of. And the fact that it's a correct 68 color is just a bonus!

December 4th, 2009, 05:20 AM
wout67cat, You say you think you would want a bit darker than the Onyx Blue. If you get a chance you might get with your paint guys and see if they have the paint chip of this color.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com<img src=" /><o:p></o:p>
In the pictures I intentionally position myself were the light would bring out the blue. If you were to look at it without direct light you get a VERY dark blue almost black spectrum. All my “sport car” buddies were saying go black. Black is a good generic color for sports cars but I prefer some “color” to my car. The original color, by code was a Glacier blue. This is an o.k. color in single stage and is a very GOOD looking color with a good clear coat base coat but to me it doesn’t high light the sportier side of the Cougar. I also went with Onxy Blue because my interior is a light blue and the hues of these two colors are an excellent match. I have looked at so many different kinds of blues it blows me away how different they can all be. <o:p></o:p>
I agree on the purple in some blues. A car painter friend of mine talked to me when I was picking colors. he had a customer that wanted a dark blue on his car , long story short it looked on paper but after it was shot and in the sun he said it looked like a big plum.<o:p></o:p>
OFF TOPIC: Who in the HELL comes up with the names of some of these paints? Names not even associated with a color in the paint like “Road Kill Moss” and the color looks white. Or those names where a color cannot even be envisioned, so what color does a “Morphing butterfly” make you think of or a “Whisking wave”. Crap give me pen, paper and a 12 pack I can give you some fricken paint color names.<o:p></o:p>

Jan Ove
December 7th, 2009, 12:28 PM
There is no point at all to sit and look at pictures to find a color, you'll only be able to see it it's blue, black, red and so on, a picture, wether it's a photo, pic in a magazine or on the computer will not show the color as it is in real life, a bright red color on ohoto might actually bee maroon in real life, and yoyu'll never be able to see what tint it is, if it's got a purple hue or some green in it.
Only thing to do to see a color, is to either see it on a car, or stop by a paint shop and look at colorchips, or painted color samples, and always look at colors outside on a normally sunny day.

December 7th, 2009, 05:29 PM
thx gents. The paint shop I have in mind has chips up to 2004. I will try and find the chips somewhere, maybe just call the nearest Lexus dealer.

Jan I agree that it is useless to choose the color from pictures, but my thinking was you CAN eliminate quite some colors by pictures. As soon as you find yourself disliking the hue of a color on some random picture it is out....of the picture.

I tried to come up with a funny paint color without but did not get further than some vulgar examples:icon16:. Guess the alcohol is a required tool for this exercise. Now I only have to remember to log in and start typing after having hit hat sweet spot..:beer:

December 7th, 2009, 05:50 PM
owww, check out Black Sapphire Pearl (lexus 2007). Actually a blue!:confused:
Close to Onyx but not the same.
Need to get my hands on chips I guess, but definitely getting closer! :jump3:

Royce Peterson
December 7th, 2009, 09:36 PM
Kevin Marti's 67 Convertible is a root beer metallic brown.

December 8th, 2009, 05:03 PM
there s a Lexus shop nearby that probably still has the chips from these years. Will go by Friday. Keep you posted.

December 18th, 2009, 08:58 PM
screw going to the dealer, hit up a automotive paint supply, they will have colors to your hearts desire! fyi look at the new ford blue for 10 its a an older mazda color, l1 or somthing like that very dark blue

December 19th, 2009, 03:52 AM
Onyx Blue is not a color they know at the dealer. There wa a sapphire black car in the showroom and the guy had a sample that I could take outside to look at holding it to the cougar. Thing was the car inside looked fine but holding the sample to it already gave a different color. The guy said that it just looks different on paper than on metal as base. sigh...

Bumped into (not literally) a very dark blue range rover on a parking lot. Buckingham Blue Pearl. Very dark, very blue:sun2:.
This is what I am going with. I ll post pics when it is done.

Before I bring the car I decided I want to have notches in the rear valance for the exhaust. Bit by bit..!:ylsup:

December 19th, 2009, 09:00 AM
If you look up paint code 8P8 on the Lexus site it comes up as Onyx Blue so not sure what's up with the guys you went. Any way sounds like you found the color you're happy with.
That's the way I found my color, in a store parking lot.
Funny since I first saw that color Lesus I have not seen that color since. I have a seen a bunch of blue lexsus but not that color blue.

wout67cat, I have to ask you. Do you now feel you have seen evey possable color blue? Now you can color wheel all the hues and match interiios to exteriors.
I'm still looking at blues for no reason just got conditioned through the years of trying tio find the right color

December 19th, 2009, 09:11 AM
I gave them the paint code but apparently that color was not delivered in Europe/Netherlands. I am sure that I could still get at it, but as you read I got side-tracked.

I have to say I do not feel I have seen every possible color blue. But enough to be content with my choice. 20-80% rule.

I do still look at all the dark-blue cars that I come accross so I guess I got that virus too. Will let you know in a bit if it is chronical in my case or not.

It is freezing & snowing here now so I will bring the car to the painter before years end, to start driving it again sometime end of February hopefully (when salt has gone from the roads). So pics around that time frame!

thnx for your advice all

Jan Ove
December 19th, 2009, 09:59 AM
No problem getting the Lexus 8P8 color here in Europe, at Sikkens, a paintbrand from Netherland, the 8P8 is called Dark Blue, on Glasurit, a German paintbrand, the 8P8 is called Dark Blue Mica for the European market, and Blue Onyx Pearl for the USA market, and some different other names for different countries.
But usually here in Europe, we go by paint codes and not paint names, so it might not be successful to try to find a color over here by a name

December 19th, 2009, 11:01 AM
I wasn't specific enough I guess:
I gave the Lexus DEALER the code (and the name) but according to him this color was not delivered on the LEXUS in the Netherlands/Europe. So he did not have a sample for that color at hand that I could take out and hold against my cougar.
I realize that going to a PAINT SHOP with the 8P8 paint code I should be able to get it and have a sample made.
In the meantime though I stumbled into the LRC.796.........

........................(Buckingham Blue Micatallic as Landrover calls it):D