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When i get my car painted after the repairs, should i have the rad support and inner fenders painted body color or should i have them painted satin black like they have always been?

I'm not sure if i'm going to have the firewall painted body color or not when i smooth it, but if i do paint the inner fenders body color then the firewall will have to be painted body color to match.

Also, do you guys think painting the rad support body color is too much of a show car look or would it look good to look through the grill and see the blue support and silver from the aluminum radiator?

I've never been a fan of cars that have the rad support painted body color such as yellow or something because of the way it looks when you look through the grill but maybe it will look ok with my color, what do you guys think?
 

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yeah, i'm torn about what to do
 

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It all depends on what the theme of the car is...originality, or restomod. For the original look, satin black, or for a more modern look, body color. For me, I like the look of body color.

The dark satin look hides a lot of flaws. If you put a lot of work into it to smooth the firewall, etc. you probably want to bring attention to the detail, so body color or lighter colors allow that. Same way with interiors. Dark interiors don't show detail well...etc.
 

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I always thought looking through the grill and seeing body color just does not look good or right. It takes away from the good looks of the grille. Just my opinion.
 

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Body COLOR is so cool, I did mine as so,But mine being black makes it look normal, But I do think body color under hood on all parts makes a more custom look
 

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Jason if you are going to smooth the firewall paint the fire the same color as the car and paint the rest in satin black. If you put any billet or chrome stuff in the engine compartment it will show alot nicer. JMO

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Jason if you are going to smooth the firewall paint the fire the same color as the car and paint the rest in satin black. If you put any billet or chrome stuff in the engine compartment it will show alot nicer. JMO
That's not a bad idea, i think that could turn out nice. Maybe i will go with more of a semigloss this time instead of the satin. The satin looked really good when i first painted it, but its definitely lost its luster.
 

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I always thought looking through the grill and seeing body color just does not look good or right. It takes away from the good looks of the grille. Just my opinion.
What he said on the front side of the core support.

If you want satin black, DP90 is a very durable epoxy paint that looks very nice and lays out beautiful.
 

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I have a 65 Sedan that was black, it shows so nice. I keep it clean and the engine and everything you do to it seem to jump out more with the black. I would clean and polish the inner fenders and stuff. Really looks nice
 

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I painted my firewall and fender wells body color and the rad support black. Get tons of compliments on it and still see black through the grill. All depends on what you're doing. If I had an original 396 SS, I wouldn't have done it.
 

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My firewall is satin black and my inner fenders are painted the body color. One of the best things I did under the hood. If your looking for originality, keep it black. Otherwise, body color for sure...
 

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I personally love the look of a body color engine bay!
As you can tell from my 72 its a ton of work ecs being i completely smoothed my firewall entire sub frame etc. but its worth it i think,
I just love the smooth look, now is it practical for alot of road use and drag racing probably not. but it sure makes her shiny under there. lol Heres a few pics of mine

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee87/Fleetline48/?action=view&current=BlueCar028.jpg
http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee87/Fleetline48/?action=view&current=BlueCar033.jpg
http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee87/Fleetline48/?action=view&current=BlueCar025.jpg
 

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I personally love the look of a body color engine bay!
As you can tell from my 72 its a ton of work ecs being i completely smoothed my firewall entire sub frame etc. but its worth it i think,
I just love the smooth look, now is it practical for alot of road use and drag racing probably not. but it sure makes her shiny under there. lol Heres a few pics of mine

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee87/Fleetline48/?action=view&current=BlueCar028.jpg
http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee87/Fleetline48/?action=view&current=BlueCar033.jpg
http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee87/Fleetline48/?action=view&current=BlueCar025.jpg
Now if his car won't make you want to do it, then it just plain isn't for you. That is a DROP DEAD SEXY engine bay!!!!
 

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Thanks yeh it might not be for everyone, And i do appreciate a super clean factory fresh look aswell just depends on the style of car your building etc. The rest of my car looks the same underneath.
So once you commit it makes a big statement when its all done,
I also removed the triangles under the hood and trunk and shaved the wipers cowl vents and handles and locks etc.
Also i pulled my motor this winter and repainted the block bought a new rad. and new ring bros. hinges, some new billet specialties valve covers "same style" and hoses and hose ends! Oh and new headers and wilwod master cylinder and dampner, just needed freshend up some! Heres a couple more photos!

http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee87/Fleetline48/?action=view&current=BlueCar008.jpg
http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee87/Fleetline48/?action=view&current=BlueCar048.jpg
http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee87/Fleetline48/?action=view&current=BlueCar026.jpg
 

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now that is dead sexy:devil:, i think i'm going to shave the firewall and paint it body and paint the inner fenders and the rad support semi gloss black, the underside of the hood and the fenders where they come under the hood will also be body color.

Your car looks absolutely amazing, i just think it would be too much of a show car look for mine, those hood hinges are amazing! too bad thats way out of my price range, but i'm going to get the wilwood master cylinder like yours.
 
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