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    The body work is getting close to finished so I'm starting to look at paint for my 280.  The original color code is 240 Racing Green (metal flake) and I will probably keep that color. I will not be the one painting.

     

    The question is, what type of paint should I choose?  Base with a Clear coat or Urethane /Acrylic? I'm not sure which will look better with a metal flake paint and which will be the tougher of the two.

     

    It is not going on a show car, but it is not a daily driver either. I do drive it and people do look at it, you know what I mean?

     

    Anyone have an opinion on types of paint and why? I'm all ears (or maybe eyes since this is a post).

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    Use a good brand like PPG. Base/clear will be better than just urethane but it'll cost more. I painted my 260Z about 10 years ago in single stage urethane Daytona Blue. It's pearl metallic and has held up without any issues. The car's garage kept and not driven much. If cost doesn't matter then go with a good base/clear.

     

    Chuck

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    Like Chuck said, use a good brand and use a Base/Clear.  single stage paint is cool but doesnt look nearly as nice as a base/clear.  My 260 is painted with PPG with extra clear coat and im glad it got that extra coat.  My 4 year old son (at the time) saw me using a electric buffer and then decided to help by hitting the other side with a wire brush mounted on my drill because to a 4 year old thats the same thing.  That buffed right out

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    Very interested in your choice and results as I am going to be repainting my (original colour) 280Z 240 green as well. I was contemplating adding a little more metallic to it too...

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    Since you're not going for a ZCCA Stock Class look, here's another BIG vote for 2-stage.

     

    Appearance: clear coat will give a big "pop" to the underlying color.  Buffed and waxed - grab your cheap sunglasses (apologies to ZZ Top).

    Protection: the additional layer of clear is a barrier protecting the color coat from wear, swirl marks, light scratches, ...etc.

    Maintenance: the clear can easily be re-worked if needed, not so the metallic base coat.

     

    Earlier this year I noticed some irregularities on my hood when viewed in a reflection - very small hair-width depressions in a close pattern almost like orbital sander marks.  Most important, a fellow club member who has done some ZCCA judging spotted them and said that could be a judging problem at ZCON.  I showed it to my paint shop and he said it was likely some shrinkage in the primer or base coat that later became visible in the clear coat.  Repainting a four-year old hood would be a color-match nightmare.  The solution: color-sand the hood and re-clear it.  When buffed out, the fresh clear had filled any remaining depressions.  Problem solved!

     

    Hope this helps your decision process.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I do like shiny things (I was probably an Otter in a previous life) and I know clear will buff out great.  

     

    I guess my only concern would be the clear peeling,  We've all seen this on other cars, even some with factory paint and I do not want to experience that a few years from now. The fellow who I've contacted about paint said he could do a base with 2 coats clear and that he uses Sherwin Williams paint.

     

    Paint is probably a few weeks away.  In my mind I'll go back and forth with the single stage vs. base/clear in that time.  Many beers will have been consumed between now and then. But right now it looks like the base/clear is the preference. 

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    The cars you see peeling are normally from other issues. Poor prep or faulty products. Buy good products and you will be ok.

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    Wow! Very impressed! Looking forward to the day I am at the same stage with the same colour paint!

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    Love it Greg!

    Let me know if you will be driving it home, maybe I can get a looksee?

    Jai

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    Picked up the Z from paint a week ago and finally got it all back together, badges, interior, bumper, etc.  I've been wanting to photograph it before the fall rainy season starts in GA.  I had great plans while the leaves are turning.  But alas, it's rained just about every day since and when it's not raining it is overcast.  I think I'm in Seattle.  The 240 Racing Green demands a sunny day to show the metal flake. Otherwise, on an overcast day, it's just……….green.

     

    So today, I looked at the forecast, more rain/overcast for a least a week.  So I just went out anyway, without any lights, and just shot a few. Maybe I'll get a bright sunny day soon, otherwise I'll jus have to wait till spring.

     

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    SWEEEET...............

    Great photos. What a yummy gal she is now! I'm sure you are pleased.

    Jai

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    Oh my..... Be still my heart!

    You're killing me! Basically my car in my colour with all the right touches..... It's like a vision of the future!!

    Thank you thank you thank you!

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    Wow, she looks great! You must be so happy to have her back in such a condition.

    PMG

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    Wow, she looks great! You must be so happy to have her back in such a condition.

    PMG

    Schwing!

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    Great color and nice paint job!

     

    I would like to offer a counter-point to everyone saying 2-stage is the way to go.  I myself was torn for a while regarding paint color.  I knew what color I wanted, but I did not know whether or not to choose single stage (no clear) or a 2-stage paint.  Ultimately, I went single-stage on my car because with a single-stage paint you can fix scratches by simply sanding and buffing the paint.  You get a scratch in a clear coat that goes through the clear and you are into a re-spray.

     

    Something else to consider.  I think that these cars look better in a nice single-stage paint as the lines help to accentuate the paint job or vice-versa.  Once properly buffed and waxed, a good single-stage shines with the best of them.

     

    At JCCS 2 years ago, I was parked next to a hyper white (I mean WHITE, have never seen a white so white) Z.  My car is painted Audi Solar Orange.  Our cars basically resonated off each other and it looked like a scene from Tron.

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    Sun squeaked out for a short while today, so I went and reshot a few,

    Ahaaa, will the photographer ever be satisfied with the results???

    Keep going, she looks better and better! Love them.

    Jai

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    Great looking car.  My first nice Z back in 1986 was a '76 280Z in 240 Green.  I always liked that color.

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    Greg - I'm very happy to see these pictures of your car in 240 Racing Green. My 76 280Z is at the body shop right now being painted in the same color (which it was originally). I debated for quite a while on the color, your pictures make me certain of my decision - your car looks fantastic. I'll post pictures at some point, though mine is in a million pieces and will take me some time to put back together. 

     

    BTW, I'm going two-stage as well. 

     

    Peter

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