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How did you choose the non original Ford color to paint your 71-73 Mustang?
For some people like me it will be difficult to change original color of the car,I could probably go with another factory color of the same year in case I dont like the car’s original color but for those of you who did change the original color when you painted: How did you choose your paint color?
I've painted a few projects over the years and my best 2 cents would be to avoid 'trendy' colors of the moment. I painted an El Camino in 2008 in a copper color that was hot on new cars at the time - now you never really see it anymore. Think of the teal and orange sherbet color street rods from the 90's that show up at the TV auctions - they look very dated. I'm seeing a lot of new cars and trucks in non-metallic 'battleship' gray lately - I have a feeling that color will age poorly.
I drove around to car dealers and looked at the vehicles until I found a couple colors/shades that I liked, then went back a few times at different lighting until I found the one I wanted.


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For me changing my 2B red 73 vert to another factory color, gold glow was an easy choice. I always want a gold glow vert. What was hard for me was deciding to keep my other 73 vert it's original 5M medium copper metallic color. I was not fond of the color and the car color was already changed to black by a previous owner. In the end I stayed with the original color and hoped i would like it. I am glad I did.

1973 H Code Convertible - Medium Copper Metallic - June 8, 1973, Built Ford Marketing Sales Vehicle
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My 73 was yellow from the factory , but when we bought it (1983) it had already been changed to white with a black top. I changed to red but was never happy with the shade of red.

The car was stolen and we found it a few years later in a police compound. It had suffered some damage and went off to a few people, the color I wanted was bayside Blue (Skyline GTR) color.

My E30 was at the panel beater and he ordered the wrong color , I wanted Ferrari Nero (Black) and he ordered Ferrari Verde , color codes 910 and 610 , we decided instead of wasting the paint to use the paint on the Stang. Its a stuning pearl green with sparkle, in the shade its a dark green similar to the "bulllit' color and in the light the curves show up with the pearl.
(09-19-2019, 12:01 PM)classicsguy Wrote: For some people like me it will be difficult to change original color of the car,I could probably go with another factory color of the same year in case I dont like the car’s original color but for those of you who did change the original color when you painted: How did you choose your paint color?
I have to chime-in. My idiot, moron and dishonest thief of a body guy painted my car the wrong color and I kept asking to see the paint code and he kept lying and said it was correct when it obviously not. Turns out it is a 1970 Lincoln color and most people don’t realize it’s not the correct Mach 1 dark green metallic. So beware of incompetent painters and make them do paint color panels.
in the final project the car had to be repainted due to thin base and sealer layers that you could almost scratch thru to the base metal. I opted for ease of the repaint to keep that Lincoln color.
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I let my Wife choose. I had plans for the rest of my life. LOL. Seriously, we chose from a color sheet and then had a small panel painted so we could really tell what we were getting into. It doesn't even have a name but is Martin Senour 59346. A wild red that changes tones in the sun. We didn't know it would do that but we like it. I've posted pics before but having trouble now. Ed Raver
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As a purist  when it comes to rare car's, I had no problem repainting this car it's original Pastel Blue. Definitely not the most exciting colour out there. Most people initially think it is white. All depends on the light reflection. What was difficult for me in the paint selection was my actual painter.... He did not like the colour and wanted me to go with something else. I told home for the many $1,000's of $$$ I am paying you, please do the colour I ask for. He did. Now,i if I was going to build a nice driver from scratch, I would do one in a nice "grabber" colour. They always look nice...
Picking a custom colour is hard and about personal taste. Much harder than picking a color that was offered.
It goes also further than that, depending on your goal. Its also picking greys for parts, interior details that marries with the custom colour etc..
I know I've spent lots of hours for this and bought samples to make tests. Went to my painter and came back home with like hundred of samples.
Some of the grey's i've picked for instance are inspired of the original ones, but then married to match the future car colours, ending up with more warm greys.
Same for the engine, as I can't suffer the idea of a ford blue engine near my carefully picked greens and greys, I've picked a Ford engine grey for it.
Yet, no matter how much time I've spent on this, it's only when all will be back together that I'll see if all is as expected.

The hard part is projecting the colour in your head and see the car with it. In that regard, the advise to look around and pick a car at dealership is a good one.
Tho as most people pick a colour like the one their neighbours picked, its not always helping.
In my 71 case, I want for it something near of original, but I find the original ivy green too flat and not giving enough guts to the body line. Something paints could not do at the time. My painter has like 20 grades of particles. giving more or less contrast and sprayed tests to pick the right one for my feeling.

Unless you try to match an original colour, I believe there are no wrong colours if all is nicely matched.
The darker ones and metallic, will not accept easy a bodywork that hasn't been sanded/prep for quite a few hours. They also imply more complicated repairs and often even the smallest dent means redo an entire panel, while non metallic would need only a good polishing session on the resprayed region.

Good luck picking your colour!

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