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Well soon I will be taking my '67 GTO conv. to the body shop to get done. I have already decided to change the original color for Montreo Blue(YUK!! ) to Phathom Blue. I will also be changing the top from black to white and the interior from black to parchment.

Anyway....I was looking for opinions on what type of paint job is best, base coat / clear coat or single stage. I heard single stage is better because if you get any damage you can touch it up and with base coat / clear coat you would need to re-shoot the entire panel to get the paint to match. I don't know if there is a difference in the look or how easy or difficult it is to take care of.

I would REALLY like to hear some opinions on both kind of paint jobs so I can make the right choice. Please...LET ME HEAR IT !!
 

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Yeah this may help you a little bit, I work in a body shop at a GM dealership and the only thing we spray is base coat/ clear coat on all the vehicles we fix dupont paint. The basically exact same stuff that they come on from the factory as good as it gets kinda deal. I would highly recommend base clear over single stage any day, for the reasons that single stage is what is says one stage means your shine is your paint color vs. base clear, clear is that protective coating unlike single stage. what im meaning is clear you cut and buff it to get a glass like finish, single stage all depends on how well it is laid down and not have orange peel or dry spots because if you get ether one they look crapy, because if you have metalice in single stage you really cant buff it because you are sanding the metalices and what that does is distort the metalices in the paint so then you will have like streaks in the paint or it will be splotchy. you are correct about it is easier to touch up but also single stage wont hold up to the elements of the weather as base/ clear will. base / clear is just a more durable finish over single stage. To sum it up if i were you and had that car I would base it then put two to three coats of clear on it and the cut and buff it and you will have glass like finish. and single stage is just like a thing of the past more so a cheap way of painting a vehicle. so I hope that help any.
 

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Thanks for your opinions...

05GTO since your car was done single stage what do you think of it??? Is it shinny? is it hard to maintain? do you think you should have went with a clear coat / base coat instead? it's hard to tell from a pic how nice the paint is.
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Both my GTO's have single stage paint......the '65 was done in acrylic enamel in 1985, and the '67 was done in 1993 with the same stuff, way before the new water based junk. They still look good. Everybody paints two stage now, that's just the technology. What I don't like about it here in CA, is that clearcoat peels like sunburn on EVERY clearcoat car within 10 years.....it can't take the sun. So, be prepared to repaint every few years if you live in a sunny state. Another thing, the Barrett-Jackson Glazed Ham Look of the over-restored, wet-look cars is not even close to what these cars are supposed to look like. I remember when they were new, and the single-stage looks more correct. (True, when new, they dulled and needed repainting when they were about 5 years old!!) I would go with what the painter is comfortable with and wants to use. You'll get a better finished product. Good luck.
 

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WOW !! interesting how there are many opinions on the matter and that everyone seems to be so convinced there paint job is better.....I would really like to hear more opinions if enyone out there could give me some more info on the matter.

thanks - BYTOR84
 

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Hey no offense...I just really do not like the color. But that is a clean looking car you got there.

I'm simply trying to get info on paint so I can make the right choice.

Eric...what kind of paint is on your GOAT>?
 

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None taken...just bustin' your ball bearings! I would say my car is a base/clear urethane job. It was painted when I bought it. I think a metallic paint looks best under a few coats of clearcoat. Just make sure the body work is as good as you can get it.....the better the paint, the more the goobers underneath show!! :cheers Eric
 

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I hope some more people read this post. I would REALLY like a lot more info and opinions on what type of paint job I should get. ....come on people everyone has an opinion ...this is your chance to share it !!!! thanks :)
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I prefer lacquer paint.

Something about wet sanding and watching the shine come to you.:)

There were some you could stick your arm in.(matter 0f speech).:cool

Did I tell you about the pickup I did with a roller and latex? It was scrubable !! Best I can say about it :lol:
 

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I know painting a classic GTO is the frosting on the cake and it needs to be done with absolute tender loving care. I am now into my '66 GTO restoration that has been on hold for a few decades. In March of 1973 for those who remember out in California there was a paint shop called "Earl Schieb" who had a slogan that he would paint any car any color for $29.95. At the time I only planned on having Earl's paint job to just keep the body in good shape for a couple of years. Granted $29.95 for a complete paint job is not your final restoration paint, but it has held up for now going on 36+ years.
I am the second owner and have long savored and looked forward to the day when my
'66GTO would once again take to the open road.
I am following this topic because like you I will be looking for someone with know how and the necessary skill to put an absolutely great paint job on the car.
 

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the beauty of any paint job is going to be in the prep work- all the hours are spent on filling,fairing, and straightening the body panels- these cars are big with huge flat panels if the time isn't spent before the final spray- it doesnt matter what kind of paint you put on-heres the shots of my 65 with what I believe was proper prep- and i used 3 coats base/3 coats clear, wetsand, 3 more coats clear- wetsand and buff
 

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WOW !! CRUSTYSACK !!! SWEEEEET lookin' ride. I love the color. What's it called? and it looks like it has a metallic flake in it. Very nice !! :D:D
 
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