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Custom Restoration Guide 2018

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91 CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR When it gets down to it, there are two basic options when choosing a color for your vehicle: 1. Restore the vehicle to its original color by selecting the OEM color formula for that year and make. 2. Select a color according to your taste, whether it's a factory original of any make, or a custom color. Keep in mind that the safest choices are black, white, gray, dark blue, red, etc. If the plan is to resell, it is usually best to stick with the original color, or more traditional colors, such as black, white, gray, dark blue or red. COLOR TIPS Dark colors make cars appear smaller and light colors make cars appear larger. It is difficult to make the color decision based on a chip from a book or variant deck. It's best to spray out the color(s) on larger panels or car parts for a better verification that the color selected is the final choice (see next page on creating a sprayout). For period-accurate restorations, use solid colors or formulas for metallic finishes of older vehicles. Newer pearls and metallic colors won't depict the correct appearance because they are too chromatic and sparkle too much in the sunlight. COLOR TRENDS Get current on which colors are popular by: Checking out dealerships for new car colors (both domestic and import) Attending Goodguys events and other car shows Reading classic car magazines

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