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I’m trying to decide on which will look better for the radiator support, filler panels, and inner fenders. Should I go with a semigloss black or body color? I have the inner fenders in flat black right now, but the radiator support and filler panels are body color. I was think8ng I should go with one or the other.

Decisions like this drive me nuts! Advice? Photos?
 

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Opinions will vary; I like those panels in semi gloss back and firewall in body color. Doing them all body color seems like a bad rerun of the 90s to me.
That’s kind of what was making me ponder this, I was having flashbacks of the 80’s paint jobs where everything on the car was a single color. Sometimes it looks good, sometimes it looks dated.
 

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Whichever color you decide on, go with a clear coat finish. My painter talked me into satin black for the underside of the hood and it is the pits to clean the bugs off of. I had the radiator support and su=ide panels painted in gloss black with a clear coat finish and the bugs clean off so much easier.
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I did mine like this Eldon...I need to back up and take a better pic though

 

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I went from black to body color last year. It comes down to the style and use of the car (show car or daily driver, original, custom). In my opinion if doing body color don't paint everything body color. You need some contrast or it can end up looking cheep. I kept the hood supports black as well as the upper grille support, horns. Good luck and keep us posted.
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If those parts are body color, I think they need to be pre paint prepped as good as the body, or it looks cheap.
 

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different strokes for different folks. I like it all body color.
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Eldon,
Here is Old Red . Whatever you decide is right for your car since we are all different. Glad to see progress.
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I did the tie bar in the front the body color, but I think I will do the radiator support and filler panels in semi gloss black.
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I would do semi gloss black - if you do it like the factory it will never go out of style.
 
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I will spray out some of the semi gloss I have next week and see how it looks. It’s not a pure flat, but has just a bit of gloss to it.
 

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I went from black to body color last year. It comes down to the style and use of the car (show car or daily driver, original, custom). In my opinion if doing body color don't paint everything body color. You need some contrast or it can end up looking cheep. I kept the hood supports black as well as the upper grille support, horns. Good luck and keep us posted.
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I like how yours looks, it looks factory. I know it’s not, but the way it was done makes it looks like GM did it. I really like that.
 

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I like both. For full blown resto mods, I like it painted the body color, for cars with a more stock appearance, I prefer semi gloss black. I don’t think you can go tong either way. I am not opposed to gloss black providing the sheet metal is perfect.
 

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Thanks. My plan was to modify the car to look factory. Sometimes I joke it's a COPO 55 BelAir.
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Not too much of a stretch to say that it is. I wonder if it was possible to get some of the pieces factory painted in body color.
 
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