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Old 06-02-2019, 12:23 PM
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As the owner of 48 year old paint, interior, and soft top, I believe it really doesn't matter. At some point, the original stuff has to go.
I say buy or do what you like, if that means changing color go for it.
My dad offered to take mine to his shop and paint it in 1976, but I said no.

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Old 06-02-2019, 12:34 PM
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I agree with the folks who say, get the color you want, in the first place. Case in point, some colors are really, really rare. Take the 1975 model year. Only 1,664 Corvettes that year, were painted in Bright Green. Only 4,629 out of 33K were Convertibles. Out of that 38K Corvettes built that year, only 2,372 were L82's with about the same number being four speed cars. So, if you have a 1975 Bright Green Convertible with the L82 and a four speed, you likely have a really, really rare car, the numbers being what they are.

I'll never forget a few years ago, a fellow forum member had a 1974 Dark Brown Convertible, with the 454 and a four speed. They wanted to paint it red! There's a million red Corvettes out there. I pleaded with them, not to do it and they agreed to keep it the original color. While no paint numbers exist for that year, I'd bet that not many got painted that color, using the 1975 figures. I'm glad they kept it the same, because I've never seen a combination like either one, in person, yet! At the stop light, it is highly doubtful that anyone is going to pull up next to you with the same combination. I'd bet that for the two cars above, not more than a few hundred, if that many got ordered with those combinations.

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Old 06-02-2019, 11:52 PM
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Well, that brown car may be rare, but even rarer are the list of folks that would consider buying it. Someone would really, really need to like brown to buy it, IMO.
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Old 06-03-2019, 02:23 AM
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My 68 coupe was brown, had factory side pipes. I thought it was a beautiful color... One rainy day I spun out on a curve and kissed a cement safety wall on the way into Boston. Just so happened that John Silver was passing by, a guy who did custom work on Corvettes. He had my car towed to his shop and he put a custom Makko Shark nose on it.. I had it painted metallic root bear... Car was a real head turner.
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:44 AM
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Everything is original on my car except the color! Original color was Targa Blue but when restored around 10 years ago it was painted '66 Nassau Blue.
I get more compliments on the color than anything else!
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Old 06-03-2019, 09:57 AM
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Thatís my favorite Corvette blue...
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:21 PM
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I would never buy a corvette with a color I didn't like. My problem is that my taste in colors have changed over the years. I had a white 86 and 94 plus other non vette white cars but now I won't even look at any white car. My entire life I never liked maroon/burgundy but now I have a 66 Marlboro Maroon sitting in my garage. Never liked red but my 68 and 15 are both red.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by brassplyer View Post
Say you find a car - Vette or otherwise - that you really like for a great price, in excellent condition, pristine factory paint, but it's a stupid color. Some granny beige, or whatever you consider an undesirable color. Would you paint the car or leave it as is?
Are you prepared to pay what they want for a pristine car only to drop another $5k-10k to have it painted the color you want? What about interior color will it go good wit your new color or will it have to be changed also?
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Old 06-03-2019, 02:22 PM
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The first thing that attracts me to any car is the color. If it doesn't pass the "like" test, then nothing else is considered.
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Old 06-03-2019, 05:54 PM
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Something Wrong with Silver Beige! LOL code 59

I did both.....the 69 was Burgundy....which is a nice color, but after having it for 20 years...I changed it MYSELF to 2002 Corvette Pewter....I'm never selling that car so, chrome bumper or not....my car forever.

However...The 82 CE has a 'signature color' code 59 Silver Beige Metallic.....I think CE's look stupid in the wrong color....you could've bought a regular 82!

I vote for FAWN BEIGE! lol!

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Old 06-03-2019, 05:57 PM
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So the company next door had all their vans wrapped ORANGE...two years ago.....the wrap is peeling off, has blisters and bubbles and one of the owners was out in the parking lot trimming off the detached flapping pieces.

I rather drive one in naked fiberglas!

Wrapping is for PUNKS.
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Old 06-03-2019, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Kacyc3 View Post
Are you prepared to pay what they want for a pristine car only to drop another $5k-10k to have it painted the color you want? What about interior color will it go good wit your new color or will it have to be changed also?
People keep quoting these high prices for a paint job as if no one has ever painted a car themselves.
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by L-46man View Post
Something Wrong with Silver Beige! LOL code 59

I did both.....the 69 was Burgundy....which is a nice color, but after having it for 20 years...I changed it MYSELF to 2002 Corvette Pewter....I'm never selling that car so, chrome bumper or not....my car forever.

However...The 82 CE has a 'signature color' code 59 Silver Beige Metallic.....I think CE's look stupid in the wrong color....you could've bought a regular 82!

I vote for FAWN BEIGE! lol!

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I picked up my first Corvette, a 76 T-top, in April. The original color of the car was silver, but somewhere along the line it was changed to a silver beige. I was not really thrilled with the color, but the damn car was in really nice shape and had been very well cared for. I was anxious to buy a Vette and could live with it. I was not looking for a show car, but a car I could drive. Since having it out and about a bit, I have received many comments about the color, which was somewhat surprising to me. I always imagined having a shiny red or blue Corvette, but I'm just happier than hell driving a "grandma car". If I win a lottery, I could see slapping a stunning paint job on it, but that is not likely. Plus, I really don't give a rat's **** what anyone else thinks about anything I drive. Just my .02. The end.
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by brassplyer View Post
People keep quoting these high prices for a paint job as if no one has ever painted a car themselves.
true but this is also how a car goes from nice driver to stalled basket case and the person is discouraged because its more work than they can do themselves
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Old 06-04-2019, 04:24 PM
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I am in the process of painting my car now. Owner before me painted it. I thought the original color was red. After checking the trim tag and some sanding found out it is originally perter silver. The guy took the car apart to paint it. Sadly it will not be going back to pewter silver.
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:38 PM
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Any original paint job on a corvette that is still good should be left alone. Remember it’s only original once. If you don’t like the color then don’t buy it...
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by brassplyer View Post
People keep quoting these high prices for a paint job as if no one has ever painted a car themselves.
I have painted a few. My joke line in the paint store was "I can make a $500 POS look like a THOUSAND bucks!" And a 15 year old Accord for somebody to get to work in requires no prep work whatsoever. A Corvette is a little different kettle of fish.
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Old 06-05-2019, 02:26 PM
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The other downside of getting your car painted is body shops prioritize collision repairs. Those customers need to get to work in those cars and the insurance companies are their bread and butter. You hear about a shop promising a guy his Vette in a couple of months. They take 2 or 3 grand deposit and the owner has to tow it out of the shop in pieces 2 years later. You buy a Vette needing paint you may be without that car for a loooong time.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:35 AM
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How true! Just had new bumpers installed on my 76. The guy did a fabulous job, especially matching the paint. I asked, "Just for sh*ts and giggles, what would it cost for a nice paint job?" He said it would be thousands and probably take a year since he would completely disassemble the car, do all the necessary prep, and apply a show car paint job. He also alluded to getting cars and trucks back to folks that required them for their jobs. I just had the heater core replaced, and it took the guy 7 weeks. He knew my car was not a daily driver, so it was not a priority for him...much to my chagrin.
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Old 06-11-2019, 02:09 PM
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If it made economic sense, I wouldn't give the most fleeting of thought to preserving the original paint (in the situation you describe). I'd repaint it in a nano-heartbeat.
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