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Project A: 43 “paintable” parts on Avanti

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  • Project A: 43 “paintable” parts on Avanti
    additions/corrections/suggestions welcome to 63Avanti@sterkel.org

    wheel 1963
    White: "Creamy"
    need actual hue/shade, suggestions: 1.$4.00 can Sherwin William's Antique whi

  • #2
    An uncovered item that I need identified is the UNDERbody color and inside the fenderwells.

    Were all these factory or dealership undercoated? What type of undercoating?

    If not undercoated, what color were they?


    • #3
      "semi gloss" can be a whole range of "glossiness". It's tough to tell the difference between "semi gloss" and "semi flat", for example, unless they are next to each other. For the nit pickers, there was probably a percent of gloss paint that was unique to the various parts you mark "semi gloss" in your post. Each maybe slightly different.

      I really don't think that "flat" black was used on many or any parts (especially ones like the fan shroud). "flat" is REALLY flat (and ugly). I'd have to see the documentation on this to believe it. Eastwood's "under hood black" is 10-20% gloss. Probably closer to semi flat than semi gloss.

      I have no proof, but I'd challenge the "semi gloss" on the block, heads, manifold, water pump, etc. The engine enamels I've seen are gloss (this may have something to do with their heat resistance). I'd vote for "gloss" for these surfaces and would like to see the documentation that says "semi gloss". Same with the radiator. Eastwood's radiator paint is quite glossy, and is claimed to be OEM for most applications.

      Eastwood's "chassis black" is 60-70% gloss. Glossier than under hood and probably closer to "semi gloss".

      I don't think Studebaker did any "stainless steel" dipsticks. The R motors were chrome (and fairly poor at that).

      I know SI's wheel paint is $12 a can and you can get something close for $4/can, but what the heck is 8 bucks (you really need only one can...only the faces of the wheels were white) when you are doing a restoration to get the PERFECT wheel color? If you can't go 8 bucks more for the correct wheel paint, don't even TRY to do a high point restoration.

      Dick Steinkamp
      Bellingham, WA


      • #4
        quote: 'Daytona yellow' is a mopar engine color pretty close to original. I use it on the valve covers, and Auto trans dipstick. 'Sunburst yellow' matches the best, but I have never seen it in an oil resistant formula, and it stains very easy.
        A little clear on top of the yellow will solve the staining problem.

        Chris Pile
        StudeFolk Manager
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