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    I have a 1954 Studebaker Regal Commander 2dr ht
    My question is about the use of Black paint under the hood. What sheen of Black paint is correct for the
    Fan Shroud, Fan, Air Cleaner, Starter, Radiator Support, ect.
    Should it be Gloss, Semi Gloss, Satin finish, or???
    Thanks in advance as to advise on this matter.
    Rmc

  • #2
    I don't know the right answer to tell you, but here are some pages with photos of 1955 cars under the hood, which I found with Google's image search. (1954 engine turned up nothing helpful for your situation). I noticed that this first car has had the engine repainted in the correct 1955 Alberta Blue, so maybe they used the right black paint on the fan shroud, as well.

    http://www.bogleclassiccars.com/studebak.htm
    http://www.potomacsdc.org/7168422/7168422.html
    https://www.studebakerparts.com/Auto...Speedster.html

    It seems to me that all of these have a black that tends more toward "semi-flat" than "semi-gloss".

    1955 1/2 Ton Pickup

    Paul Simpson
    "DilloCrafter"

    1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
    The Red-Headed Amazon
    Deep in the heart of Texas

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    • #3
      Right on Dillo!I have all kinds of pieces from 53-54K's and they are all flat black or a very dull semi gloss and none really match, so some must have faded and some must have been repainted.

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by mcviper

        I have a 1954 Studebaker Regal Commander 2dr ht
        My question is about the use of Black paint under the hood. What sheen of Black paint is correct for the
        Fan Shroud, Fan, Air Cleaner, Starter, Radiator Support, ect.
        Should it be Gloss, Semi Gloss, Satin finish, or???
        Thanks in advance as to advise on this matter.
        Rmc
        semi-gloss black
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          I use black paint labeled satin.
          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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          • #6
            What I was looking for was if at a Studebaker National Judging meet what would the judge say is correct Paint sheen
            Thanks for the replys
            rmc

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by mcviper

              What I was looking for was if at a Studebaker National Judging meet what would the judge say is correct Paint sheen
              Thanks for the replys
              rmc
              semi-gloss black
              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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              • #8
                Gary, the GT Hawk judges at the International docked me for simi-gloss on the shroud, although I agree it was correct.

                Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
                64 GT Hawk
                64 R2 4 speed Challenger
                63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
                53 Street rod
                JDP Maryland

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                • #9
                  Eastwood sells spray cans of "Underhood Black," which is sort of half way between semi-gloss and flat black. It's an almost perfect match for GM cars, but I don't know what Stude judges would say. Eastwood doesn't make any specific claims for any particular car make.
                  Skip Lackie

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                  • #10
                    Isn't it true that some of that paint may have actually been gloss from the factory, it was just cheap paint that the gloss went away real quick?

                    nate

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                    • #11
                      I may have started that rumor, but I believe it to be true

                      Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
                      64 GT Hawk
                      64 R2 4 speed Challenger
                      63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
                      53 Street rod
                      JDP Maryland

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                      • #12
                        My answer of semi-gloss black for a 1953-1954 C/K was based on my many years as SDC authenticity judge for C/K bodies, much personal study of these cars and John Bridges' book on them.
                        Gary L.
                        Wappinger, NY

                        SDC member since 1968
                        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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