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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 18, 4:04 PM Thread Starter
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Under hood paint

Since Iím done with primer and planning paint for next weekend, Iím wondering what people do about the color under the hood. Itís currently black, and Iím considering doing the car color under there but I donít know what the pros / cons are of each.

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Re: Under hood paint

It depends if you care about it looking like original or not.

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Re: Under hood paint

The cons are it's non-original and looks out of place IMO. You're not an oem guy, alright, no harm there.....the biggest con is you'll have to perform a "next to perfect" job on your prep work to make it look like it belongs there. Underhood black is very forgiving on prep work and looks great with even an average job of prep. Another con is keeping it clean. Do you really want to wash the underside of your hood? Are you gluing in factory style insulation in the triangles? That would make it tougher to wash your hood.

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Do you really want to wash the underside of your hood? Are you gluing in factory style insulation in the triangles? That would make it tougher to wash your hood.
Perfect.. thatís what I was looking for. I hadnít considered the troubles with cleaning it.

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Re: Under hood paint

My 68 was painted summit chassis black under the hood, dipsh!t that painted the car didn't back tape the holes for the hood grills/inserts and got blue on the bottom side of the hood so just remember to back tape that area
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 18, 9:27 PM
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Re: Under hood paint

flattening your exterior color for underhood is another option.
It would be more "forgiving " than gloss but is also harder to take care of.

I prefer the factory low gloss black

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I prefer the factory low gloss black

No way I was going to be cleaning under the hood that often, so I went with the factory low gloss black. Man, now that it and the rest of the car are done, it sure does look good!

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Re: Under hood paint

The under side of my hood is painted and I like it a lot. It is not that difficult to clean. Other than some dirt hitting the hood from the fan blowing at it, it just wipes clean with a chamois. I do have the insulation triangles too. I normally just give it a light spray with the garden hose and wipe it dry with the rest of the car. It looks so much better than dull black.

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No way I was going to be cleaning under the hood that often, so I went with the factory low gloss black. Man, now that it and the rest of the car are done, it sure does look good!

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Lets see some pictures!
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Is underhood black the same paint as inner fenders, firewall, frame, rear end, suspension?
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The under side of my hood is painted and I like it a lot. It is not that difficult to clean. ... it just wipes clean with a chamois.
I agree...

I have had several Chevelles with the underside painted with the exterior body color, and very easy to clean, just wipe it down... Yeah, required a bit more prep work, but its actually easier to clean than "underhood black", as the glossy surface wipes off with little effort. You get any dust or dirt on your underhood black, and you have to be careful not to scratch the surface, because you can't easily wax or buff to bring back the finish... I have had both an A/C compressor slinging oil, as well as a power steering "leak" when I auto-crossed the car. Cleanup was a breeze...



Not a great picture, only shows the corner of the hood...
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Re: Under hood paint

Here's how my '67 looks. Body color with clearcoat and insulation in the openings. I didn't do the restoration. It was done several years ago before I purchased it last July. Since the firewall and fender wells are satin black I think the body color on the underside of the hood looks good.
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Lets see some pictures!


Ok, ok.. I finally got them all together here: http://www.wesmo.com/nextcloud/index...M9kqk8CaPSYgkP

I took a LOT of photos and some video.


I still have to get the rest of the grille on and windows in. Of course I forgot to take a picture of the underside of the hood.
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Re: Under hood paint

Rich that's a beautiful 68, vinyl tops really look great on 68-69's IMO


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