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    Under boot and under bonnet paint?

    Obviously the same color as the body but should it be a glossy or a satin finish?

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    Re: Under boot and under bonnet paint?

    Glossy. It was the same paint as the exterior, they didn't use (or have) clearcoat in those days.
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    Re: Under boot and under bonnet paint?

    Thanks John!

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    Re: Under boot and under bonnet paint?

    "didn't use (or have) clearcoat in those days"

    Except in the case of metallic paint !?
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    Re: Under boot and under bonnet paint?

    I'm pretty sure the old school metallic paint was a single coat application. They just put the metal flakes right in the color coat. I had an Earl Sheib $39.95 metallic dark blue paint job on my first car, a 1952 Ford Crestline Hardtop. It was beautiful as you can tell. Boy I wish I still had that car. But I sold it for $115 that I used to buy an engagement ring for my wife. Now that was the best investment I ever made!!
    Clear coat and the resultant pealing came somewhere in maybe the 70's or 80"s.
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    Re: Under boot and under bonnet paint?

    A $39.95 paint job that looked beautiful? Wow...bring back the good ole' days! I'm paying just a wee bit more for the current paint job on my Healey.

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    Re: Under boot and under bonnet paint?

    Actually, now that I think about it, I think the base price was only $29.95, but I opted for the upgrades, painted door jams and wheels adding up to $39.95. What a big spender!! I ditched school the day I had it painted and hung around the painters while they prepped the car. I think they could see I was in love with the car and took a little extra effort do a good job. I remember the guy who came in behind me had a 1958 Olds he wanted painted Pepto Bismol pink. That much metal painted that much pink will stay in your memory forever......
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    Re: Under boot and under bonnet paint?

    My dad told me that he owned a '47 Ford that needed a paint job. He took it down to the local Navy yard and had it painted for free with gray paint left over from painting a battleship. He said it was the best paint job he ever had and it lasted for years.....I actually remember that car even though he had it painted before I was born!

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