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  1. 69hondo

    69hondo Well-Known Member

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    The hood, windshield frame and dash on my buggy are still raw aluminum. I used to think it looked cool but it just looks unfinished to me now. I have held off because I dont think they can match the powder coat color and it might drive me nuts if it is to far off. I was thinking of doing a carbonfiber wrap in these locations. What do you all think, opinions, suggestions? 20191107_130511.jpg
     
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    Powder coating is bought from only a couple of suppliers, unless it was a custom mixed color I doubt it would be hard to match. Even if it is custom, small sample batches can easily be mixed up until it matches. The only difference you might see is the fading/wear of your original color vs the new. My brother owns a powder coating shop in Temecula and when I worked there we did this all the time. A wrap would look nice but I haven’t been impressed with their longevity.


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    69hondo Well-Known Member

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    Oh ok, I brought some sample pieces home from a local powder coater and they were a little off so I just moved on. They never said anything about mixing until it matches. I will go back and ask about that. I am sure its probably a standard color but its faded with age.

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    B&B can strip the existing panels, then just shoot all the aluminum together. Don did all my aluminum a few years ago, and if all the tins are the same but a dash off of the tubing you won’t really be able to notice solely on fact of flat vs round.
     
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    What about a grey wrap so it matches the side panels- breaks up the red a little.
     
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    I really dont want to strip and redo the existing panels.

    Yeah that is a thought but I think I would feel that same way.
     
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    02HoWaRd26 Well-Known Member

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    A buddy of mine did his panels all Anthracite. Give you a little idea as his chassis is red as well. 31CAFBEA-EA5E-4D8C-874F-F2568A19296B.jpeg
     
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    I’m not a huge fan of carbon fiber wrap. It looks too fake to me. I would powder coat them a silver or close to the eagle/flame color on the sides
     
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    The bare aluminum is pretty close to the silver on the side. You could always clean the panels and shoot a clear over the bare aluminum, but then you’d be no different than where you are now. Is the red a candy, a metallic, or a solid red? Where are you located?


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    I love that color if it what I am thinking of. Can't tell in the pic. It is almost identical to the Ford Magnetic.
     
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    I have wrapped bumpers etc in the past and it tends to peal in the edges and corners over time but it is super easy to change up. I personally would PC it a different color. Or maybe a brushed finish with clear coat.
     
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    Yea it’s a real pretty semi sparkle charcoal gray.
     
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    Yep that's it. I had a bunch of parts for my sled PC'd that color.
     
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    I think the panels are just a red. The chassis seems to be a darker red with some metallic in it. I am in Hesperia CA
     

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