Lotus Elan

Colour choice

PostPost by: Chris5360 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:27 am

Ok at that point in my restoration where I need to choose the colour, torn on these red was original colour , grey one was a spider car what colour do people think ?
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PostPost by: Chancer » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:31 am

For me the blue followed by the grey, I'm assuming it is a metallic.

In the flesh my vote might be for the grey.

Red on that vehicle doesnt do it for me.
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PostPost by: Chris5360 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:31 am

My only worry with the grey is I haven't sprayed metallic before,and not. Ire of my skills are up to it, do t really want this to be the practice car :)But I amass speaking to a sprayer who said it's not too differant
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PostPost by: mbell » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:44 pm

Personally I dislike red on the +2 (dispite mine being red) and in most cars. If original colors I think white looks best followed by lagoon blue (original color for mine).

For not standard colors the green shaun did his +2 really stood out and seem a few nice metallic greys.
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:36 pm

You don't see many of this colour. My fav early +2
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PostPost by: Gordon Sauer » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:35 pm

When I was picking color for my +2 I ended up with red which I really like, the carnival red is a very striking red unlike most other reds and I had just painted a metallic blue 65 Mustang and to this day I look at it and realize at some point I'm going to repaint it because there's definitely a difference in painting metallic and there's a streakiness and inconsistency in the way the flakes lay down that I don't like it. I've even seen that you can buy gravity feed guns that are the low pressure ones you can get now that have a mixer that is operating in the cup while you spray. I'm sure if I did this more regularly and with the top equipment I'd get it together, but I don't, and for those, I think metallic is a real challenge to shoot. You also typically shoot clear on top of the metallics and these early lotuses were never shot with clear. Gordon Sauer
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:50 pm

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For me my purist side wouldn't let me change the colour :roll: but i'd love a Lagoon blue (the bluer shade Lagoon blue without the silver roof)
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Failing that i kinda like the Roman Purple without the silver roof as well. JimE 's car is a perfect example half way down this page lotuselan-for-sale-f2/ebay-sprint-t39061-15.html
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