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Old 05-11-2007, 01:04 AM   #1
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This past weekend I removed the engine and transmission and I'm going to start getting the car ready for paint. The car is red but I'm not a huge fan of red Miatas. Instead of painting the whole car another color i was thinking of doing a 2 tone. Maybe a black hardtop, hood, and around the windshield. Another idea I had was to try and find a slightly darker shade of red. At least the door jams and trunk would not look too out of place. Anyway I'm open to ideas. What would you do?
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Keep it as close to the original color as possible. Otherwise it will look like a shitbox and the resale value will not be worth a ****.
But, that's just my opinion on it.
Whatever you do, use a BC/CC system on it. Base Coat/Clear Coat. Deeper in color and richness. Also doesn't fade and get chaulky.
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Old 05-11-2007, 02:50 AM   #3
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I saw a dark red/burgundy NA. It was a really striking color for the car. I don't care for teh tomato red either.

No reason why you couldn't do both. A darker red with black stripes or a black 2-tone would look great. If 2-tone, I'd do a flat or satin black myself.
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It's a Grassroots Motorsports project. I'm going for cheap, shiny, somewhat interesting, and not pink! I should have mentioned that first, sorry.
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Old 05-11-2007, 03:16 AM   #5
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get a candy apple red... or maybe a sunburst (red and orange mix)
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Old 05-11-2007, 08:53 AM   #6
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Hell, for a quick cheap GRM car paint job, I'd prep it myself and take it to Maaco. Then spend some time wet-sending, buffing, and polishing.
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go spilled paint bucket style, then clear it.
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polish, wash, wax.... good as new.
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there is a guy here in the akron area with a blaze red miata. it is so blazing red it makes your eyes water. looks ****, if you like red
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I've always wanted to paint a car with that chalk board paint...and draw on it.
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yeah, you can probably buff all of that out.
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My thought is this.. paint it a color that isn't OEM miata. Honestly I'm not a fan of the OEM miata colors. I think flat black is a cool color..and very easy to do. I plan on painting mine toyota "Speedway Blue" next year.
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I'd roller paint it "fire" red. and put a big miataturbo.net sticker down the side.
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Anything but BRG. Spicy orange would be cool.
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I've always wanted to paint a car with that chalk board paint...and draw on it.
My buddy has painted his '91 Jetta with both black and green chalkboard paint. It was inevitably covered in penises each time while parked in our high school parking lot.
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Anything but BRG. Spicy orange would be cool.
yeah, that's why I added pearl to mine. Green sucks, but I didn't care to spend the money or deal with the pain in the *** of painting it another color.
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go candy apple red over a fine gunmetal flake. like a deep black cherry.
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^ Now that would be sweet
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But not so cheap
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yeah, that's why I added pearl to mine. Green sucks, but I didn't care to spend the money or deal with the pain in the *** of painting it another color.
Adding perl to it doesn't make it any less queer, in fact ...
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