help me choose a colour for the pickup!

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help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by johnnyboy666 on Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:01 pm

The pickup is apparently 'VXR arden blue' whatever that is, and its pretty naff, painted by the previous owner who unfortunately lost his sight at a young age.

So i'm trying to think of a decent colour to repaint it.

The side and backflaps (or whatever they're called) have been stripped to bare metal and I think that looks pretty good, i'm tempted to just clear coat them as they are, for that rustic look. but I dont think I could get away with doing the same to the cab and bed, mainly due to the plastic panels up front that would probably need spraying in a mock metal fashion to match.

Has anybody got any other ideas?

Ive got some left over matt black from when I painted my car (havent actually finished painting it yet but thats another story). But I think matt black has been done to death a bit

I do quite like the idea of a matt colour, maybe a matt grey, or gunmetal, maybe even beige

I dont really fancy a primary colour or white, and im not keen on bright or neon like colours

What do people reckon?

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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by Logi on Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:30 pm

Like this blue Smile 

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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by rich the mechanic on Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:32 pm

satin or matt orange i've seen orange gloss but never anything else.
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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by HighlyJetted on Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:09 pm

Paint it a near genuine colour - white or something.
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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by johnnyboy666 on Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:49 pm

Matt orangey copper type colour could be nice

I think if I did it white, I would want it to be perfect, but it would be a diy job so very unlikely to get it to as nice and crisp as I'd like.
Off white or cream on the other hand I think would look nice and retro

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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by FrontBackSide2Side on Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:38 am

i've been toying with paint colours myself and one colour i like which im not going to be using is this one:


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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by 8bit-ash on Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:43 pm

nothing like a good hearing aid beige. Thats what colour I was going to do mine then couldn't be arsed.
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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Jan 30, 2014 4:54 pm

Matt finishes stain and mark really easily. Satin's are ok.

As with all paint jobs, the effort is in the prep work.

At least with a hijet it is easy to take the windscreen and dashboard out.

Putting paint in the gun and shooting it is the easy last bit.
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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by johnnyboy666 on Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:02 pm

Woah woah woah now HJ, who said anything about spraying!

But yes prep is the key, even a roller job can look good with decent prep and rub downs between coats
And yeah as I found out with my car, matt black vs birdshit is a lose lose situation

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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by d1noh on Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:53 pm

desert camouflage
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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:22 pm

How about some proper urban camo...

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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by ToaseMan on Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:32 pm

We did my father hi-jet in matt black some time in November last year. So far its lasting. But in saying that he's after the ratish look
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Re: help me choose a colour for the pickup!

Post by johnnyboy666 on Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:56 pm

Yeah my car's got a bit of a rat look about it:



(I was still in the process of painting the roof in that photo I think)

And the tank on the bike is done with the same paint, but must've had 20 more coats and rubdowns!



bit of a crappy photo (and another project!)

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