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Underbody paint color (80's tacky or not)

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Glock Girl, Mar 1, 2002.

  1. Glock Girl

    Glock Girl Registered Member

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    Underbody paint color (80\'s tacky or not)

    I POR 15d the entire bottol of my truck a few years and then top coated it in satin black. I was eyeing my studebaker project chassis the other day in the shop (it sits in grey POR) thought it looked pretty neat in grey. might keep it grey and was thinking about painting the bottom of the k5 (axles susp frame) a simmilar color. you would sure be able to find the oil leaks and make sure its grease and mud free. Silly and 80ish tacky or not?

    Shelby
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    I think that would look pretty cool. I've toyed with the idea of painting my undercarriage/suspension olive drab, but have voted against it because then you would REALLY be able to see my oil leaks. Until I rebuild my engine and replace my steering box, I may decide to do that. I'd say go for it if your rig doesn't have a lot of leaks.
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    I know that I am the ONLY one, but I like all the stuff under my rig black. Nothing fancy, just black. I plan on using a glossy epoxy based stuff on my new axles, and a flatter extreme heat paint on parts that get toasty.

    I dunno if grey would be "silly/80s tacky" or not... I DO know however, that if you dig it, you should do it for sure. Conformity is rarely cool. When you went to 4x4 runs, at the very least, it'd be different/interesting. If *some* yahoos dont like it, screw em. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif

    J
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    yes everything under mine is black to except for the drive train and the exhaust and such. hides leaks, mud, dirt and such. I was going to shoot my frame and drive train a light color blue than my Blazer but eventually it was just turn black from use and grease
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    Anyone elses opinion....bad 80's taste or good idea?
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    I think it'd look cool and yes corrosion of conformity is always a good idea... /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    It sounds OK to me.......do what YOU like!

    As far as 80's style.....I'd still avoid the "boomerang" antennas, and flourescent windsheild wiper covers.....and probably the chrome rockerpanel tape that was somewhat "in vogue" at the time! /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif

    Fuzzy Dice are ALWAYS cool.....I don't care what anyone says.....one of the few items that can be both "tacky and cool" and the same time. Dashboard Hula Dolls are another one.........
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    DIF. TACKY!!!Real trucks get dirty...I like the POR idea though!Black is the only way to go!!!
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color (80\'s tacky or not)

    if you keep it a darker color...(grey,brown,olive green,navy blue) you will be alright. I think the lighter the color the farther back into the 80's you will go. Just promise me you wont get the dual wiper blades and u will be off to a good start. GL!
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color (80\'s tacky or not)

    Mines painted with <font color=red>MUD</font color=red>, and gets washed everytime I high water traverse in it!!!!!

    White Knight
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color (80\'s tacky or not)

    One day I plan to do the underside of my rig with bed liner and I want the color light. Yellow or white. That way it will show the dirt so I can get it really clean and be able to tell it's clean. I also want to powdercoat the frame. Those details are way way down on my list though. A lighter color will make it easier to see while under the truck trying to fix something. The reason I want the underside clean is so when I'm working under the rig dirt won't fall into my eyes and mouth. The bed liner idea is for rust proofing, noise reduction, and general damage resistance. Nothing tacky about it.
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color (80\'s tacky or not)

    Personally I think it would look bad. Just me though.

    Ken H.
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    my dash board hula doll froze to death and snapped in half when i hit a bump :-(
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color (80\'s tacky or not)

    IMO, it would be tacky. I like semi gloss black /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    TJ,

    Maybe you need to get on of those "bobbing head" dog ones instead? /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color

    I really like semi-gloss black. Everything just looks new and well-kept. Other colors are more for show trucks and such, IMO. It does get noticed, though. Stay away from pastels and flourescents for sure. It's a truck, not a VW Beetle.
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color (80\'s tacky or not)

    Nothing wrong with it at all in my opinion - most of my undercarriage componentry is painted bright yellow (except for the framerails and axles). It's easier to keep clean, even the smallest cracks stand out like a sore thumb, and it just looks pretty cool in my opinion/forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color (80\'s tacky or not)

    Stick with a gloss or semi gloss color what ever you do. The flat stuff attracts dirt and dust and is hader to keep clean.
     
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    Re: Underbody paint color (80\'s tacky or not)

    I'm doing the same thing to mine. I kinda like the gray color, it should look decent with silver-gray body. It's not like it painted lavander or something.
     

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