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Painting hood and lower panels black
(05-22-2018, 11:03 AM)york0060 Wrote: No vote on a gloss finish for the hood. Sun glare would be a killer.

I have gloss blackout and its not bad driving. But when I restore the car again I will be going with the hot rod black. Same stuff I used on the yellow mach 1 last year.

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1971 Mach 1
408C Stroker
C4 w/3,000 stall
8.8" Rear w/3.73's
Disc brakes all way around.

https://youtu.be/SoW1fhaFPzY  Burn Out Video. 

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I went glossy on mine because it needs wax to survive in the West Texas sun (not that it sees much sun anyway, but nonetheless).

Then again, mine's not a rare, collectible, or particularly valuable car (to anybody but me... well, and all the drool-monsters that catch a glimpse and want to know more, that is).

I've driven into the sun, away from the sun, with the sun straight up, etc., and haven't noticed any of these glare issues everybody seems to complain about.

Honestly, if mine hadn't come that way from the factory with the factory Ram Air, I don't know that I would've TuTone'd the hood at all.  The rocker black-out, sure... but maybe not so much the hood.

Good luck with your choice.


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I will throw my two bits in, matt black, nasa hood. In the end though, your choice is the correct choice.

Bookend 71 b1, scj convertible.
Different strokes for different folks...

Here's mine just after a paint detail by Gem Detailing (Chris) in Hatboro, PA. Soon to be Lansdale, PA

Tell me she doesn't look gwood...

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Will be honest I really like the gloss as well.

73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

- Jason

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I like low gloss, but gloss looks good too. How could I say it doesn't, I would be arguing with myself.  Haha

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1973 H Code Convertible - Medium Copper Metallic - June 8, 1973, Built Ford Marketing Sales Vehicle
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Technically the duct design is NACA Here is a short wiki about it


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"I love my Hookers!" and "Get some Strange" probably have a different connotation to non automotive enthusiasts!
Only problem is Ford did not use it in that era. Name was changed to NASA and Ford only called it that in all ads and brochures for their vehicles.
Sort of like BMW calling their sports car version Z-3 etc. a "Roadster". A true Roadster did not have roll up windows only side curtains to make it the cheapest version of vehicle they produced. Only recent Roadsters were the early Vipers that had no side windows.
I see lots of people wanting to change the NASA to NACA but only NASA will ever be correct term for our cars.
BTW I do not think wax does anything to protect from the sun. About the only think it might protect from is bugs sticking. The 73 Mach 1 I have has sat in a pole barn since 1982 never washed or waxed and the sun hits it every day. What wears the paint out is rubbing on it, lol.
Another fable on paint is that powder coating lasts longer than liquid paint and it does not. I worked for the largest mfg. of lawn equipment in the world and we had multiple powder coat lines. In our salt spray and sun testing liquid paint lasted longer but costs way more since it is difficult to have any recovery process and also the EPA requirements. Consumers were sold up to powder coating as better so companies could make more money.
Sort of like power windows costing more when they are actually less.
Yes powder is smooth and shiny when applied but give if a few years in the sun and looks like crap. It is plastic and hates the sun.
Yes some will always like shiny hoods over flat but in the end a serious collector will pay more for correct flat than not correct glossy any day. If you are going to keep your car you can put anything you want on it who cares. They use to do lace jobs on the hood when new and people loved them then.
When I do my Q code 72 vert which came with a NASA hood but not locks I am going to do two hoods one with no locks and no black out and one with locks and blackout. In the future the next owner can choose which he prefers original or to my taste. I will also take the Protection Package side molding off and add side stripe both of which a new owner can go back to original with little cost. We all make changes to our cars to our taste that is why every Mustang ever built has the possibility of being a one of one with the number of options, drive trains, colors and interiors Ford offered.
Henry Ford tried to force everyone to like a black car but failed, lol. The black paint dried the fastest so he used Japalac Black for the model T but did change to offer colors later. The first Fords could be ordered in colors but took weeks to paint. The black allowed the assembly line to be used and make more money.
If we did not like different things the world would be a boring place for sure. In the car market today we are forced to take what they offer again with limited option packages to save the mfg. money and the consumer just let's it happen.

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IIRC, there is also a factory mixed matte black paint, believe it was for a Mercedes, that guys have had good luck with.

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