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So this may be a little preemptive, but I am thinking about the paint I want on the Cougar. Who knows how long it will be before I paint it, but still thinking about it. I am going to go with a modified Eliminator scheme.

This on the body:




The pictures don't do it justice. Indoors, even under bright lights, it looks almost maroon, but out it the sun it pops with red and orange pearl and flake. It is the most beautiful shade of red that I have ever come across. It is a candy color, unfortunately, but as soon as I saw it I knew it was the color for me.

Then I want to do an Eliminator stripe down the side in maybe a bright BMW silver. Hood scoop and spoiler with be gloss black. Was thinking of doing the hood bump in black too, outlined with a 1/4 black stripe, but still unsure on that. I will not be doing the Eliminator script, and will be shaving the corner marker lights.

Can anyone think of something else that would look good on there or should I just keep it that simple?

I could get the car painted now, but it would have to be a different color, and don't want to waste the money on it if this is what I ultimately want. I say that I can't do it now because the base and candy coat alone will cost 1200 bucks or more. Plus 600 bucks worth of clear (not going to put that nice expensive paint on and use cheap clear), and 4 or 500 worth of primers and other supplies.
 

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No, not quite
 

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Don´t just do a regular bright silver tho, they tend to have a bit too much blue hue in them, so they seems very cold, find a silver that has more of an gold, yellow or orange hue in it, it will bee much more warm and nice to look at along with the red candy.
 

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Nice color choice Mike. Just don't go too nutty with the stripes and such. Cleaner is often better IMHO.
 

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Great idea, thanks Jan. I will make sure I find one that looks good against the red. I hadn't really thought about the other pigments in with them, but now that you mention it I could see how it would clash.

Thanks Al. It is a Harley color, probably why it is so expensive. I won't do anymore than the E-stripes on the side, and am even half temped to put them on after a couple of layers of clear over the red so that I would be able to wet sand them off if I really don't like them. The main thing I am torn about is doing the hood stripe like I have seen before.
 

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If it is a Harley color, make sure you can get it in a larger container than a pint. A lot of those super custom colors only come in pints and it leads to mucho waste. $$$$$$$$$ I learned that with the burgundy I put on my wife's Olds. Pictures don't do this color justice either. It looks very much like your first post above.
 

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Nice paint job Mark. I am a fan of anything red, but add metallics and pearls and it just looks amazing.

I did make sure I can get it in more than pints. It took some research to find the code. Harley doesn't give out any of their paint codes, but found out that their paint is made by PPG. Most PPG reps don't even know that they can mix the Harley colors, but after a call to corporate, they got the codes (and unfortunately the high price structure). I am thinking that 3 quarts of each will be more than enough (1.5 gallons sprayable), but it is around 200 a quart, for each the base and candy. Then I will top it all off with some Sikkens high solids clear.

Anyone have a picture of a 69 or 70 with the hood bump painted black and the rest of the hood another color?

Also, quick trivia, anyone know what PPG stands for? Hint: has nothing to do with paint.
 

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Pittsburgh Plate Glass?

You might look at some of Honda's colors, Mike. The red that was offered on both the Goldwing and the ST1300 are really nice and less pricey.
This shot shows how much dimension the red has on the ST, and red is big H's signature color.
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My car was white with a semigloss hood bump for a long time. I didn't like how it looked. It looks unfinished.
 

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how about ford redfire?
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Pittsburgh Plate Glass?

You might look at some of Honda's colors, Mike. The red that was offered on both the Goldwing and the ST1300 are really nice and less pricey.
This shot shows how much dimension the red has on the ST, and red is big H's signature color.
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My car was white with a semigloss hood bump for a long time. I didn't like how it looked. It looks unfinished.
Damn, I was hoping that would take longer. They used to actually install glass in high rises, now they just produce the sheets of glass.

I have looked at other reds, over and over, trust me. When I say that the pictures don't do it justice, I really mean it. Out it the sun it is rather bright, even brighter than a candy apple red. I am going for the brighter side rather than the maroonish side.
 

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So did you get it painted yet Mike? I agree w/Jan - yellow make a very nice base for candy red. I'm not a huge fan of big flakes though....I think the smaller the better personally. I know HOK allows you to choose the size, but i don't know if PPG does? Anyway, metalics can be a PITA on large surfaces because they tend to shadow if you don't evenly distribute them as you work it. Be sure to keep your gun/paint stirring/shaking and work it in opposing dirrections with each pass. Should come out real nice....can't wait to see how it comes out!
 

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40th anniversary Mustang Crimson Red looks a lot like what both Mike and Mark posted (and pictures do not do it justice either). So I'd have to say you guys are copying off me :buck:
 

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Not copying Bob, promise. I have seen the color on your car in person, and while it is a gorgeous color, it is considerably different than the Harley color. It is hard to describe, but it is very bright red and sparkly in the sun. The pics I posted were ones I found on eBay and were taken inside, so it looks darker their.

The car is not painted yet, and likely wont be for quite a while, I am just thinking ahead. Probably more than I should.

Found another picture or 2. The first one is with poor indoor lighting, so it show how dark it is inside.



And this one is with not the best outdoor lighting, but shows how much it brightens up with some sun.



Almost hard to believe it is the same color
 

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So this may be a little preemptive, but I am thinking about the paint I want on the Cougar. Who knows how long it will be before I paint it, but still thinking about it. I am going to go with a modified Eliminator scheme.

This on the body:
Is that Candy Apple Maroon.
 

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It is actually called Crimson red sunglo, but it is a 3 stage candy paint.
 

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Not copying Bob, promise. I have seen the color on your car in person, and while it is a gorgeous color, it is considerably different than the Harley color. It is hard to describe, but it is very bright red and sparkly in the sun. The pics I posted were ones I found on eBay and were taken inside, so it looks darker their.

The car is not painted yet, and likely wont be for quite a while, I am just thinking ahead. Probably more than I should.

Found another picture or 2. The first one is with poor indoor lighting, so it show how dark it is inside.



And this one is with not the best outdoor lighting, but shows how much it brightens up with some sun.



Almost hard to believe it is the same color
The Crimson Red has that same effect, deep maroon in shade, firey reddish in sunlight, great look IMO. You know I am kidding on the copying, and I figured Mark had sprayed before I selected the color for mine. Guess we're talkin' great minds here...
 

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I knew you were Bob, just have to give you a hard time now and again (seems to be happening a lot lately, lol). I think the colors that people choose for custom cars says alot about their personalities. So far I am thinking this sort of red says that the chooser is rather outspoken, wornder if that is a bad thing? lol
 

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Nah, that's a good thing if it's who you are.
Personally, I despise that side body line on the 69/Sebneh' models and almost always prefer a dark color to sort of drown it out. That's why I picked British Racing Green for mine. I think a dark color makes the 2nd gen cats look smaller and hides a lot of those body seams on parts like the fender end dooflotchies and quarter end doomohickies.
And I like dark colors on musclecars since they have a sort of bare knuckle ethos to them. "Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism. At least it's an ethos..." - Walter Sobchek.

So, I guess as good as Bob's car looks, I have to say I'm for you flat blacking your car or doing a dark suede color. Candy with flake seems very 70's and gaudy to me, like bowling balls.
*shrug*
I know, you wanted opinions and not assumptions or bias. I can't help it. The interwebz made me do it.
 
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