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enough with the red
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 27, 2022 07:06AM
why do people restore beautiful 30's, 40's and 50's pick ups and paint them Ferrari red?
Is it just to be able to find the truck parks in between the cows?



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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 27, 2022 07:58AM
Couple of reasons:
1- Modern red paint and multi layer clear coat does not oxidize into nothing like the old red laquer used to.
2- Some sort of 'country/craft' marketing thing has firmly put a red farm pickup / Christmas tree farm in the American vision. It's so wrong.. farm pickups were always covered in dust and dirt and manure. I've driven a few in my time.
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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: September 27, 2022 08:23AM
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1- Modern red paint and multi layer clear coat does not oxidize into nothing like the old red laquer used to.

Rumor was, back when Japanese cars began eclipsing American cars with their reliability, they still couldn't match Detroit's body paint superiority. A superiority developed to protect and prolong the life of increasingly thinner (and cost saving) sheet metal; i.e. the good paint was cheaper than good sheet metal.
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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 27, 2022 08:49AM
some sexier beasts










sinful red on this.
even the maroon is heads and tails this red.




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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: testcase
Date: September 27, 2022 09:12AM
Old barns were painted red because red paint was the least expensive paint. Could that be true for vehicles?
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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: Fritz
Date: September 27, 2022 09:24AM
I thought barns were red so the cows couldn't see them?



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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: September 27, 2022 10:37AM
Why do firemen wear red suspenders?
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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: PeterW
Date: September 27, 2022 11:14AM
Do vehicles sell because of resale red or in spite of it?
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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: Diana
Date: September 27, 2022 02:47PM
What about the “arrest-me” red as seen on modern cars? Is this their thinking on a farm truck that just might not fall apart at highway speeds? Even after the restoration, but prior to the resto-mod? Does painting it red make it inherently faster? burnout smiley

Enquiring minds want to know!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/27/2022 02:48PM by Diana.
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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: September 27, 2022 04:42PM
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Old barns were painted red because red paint was the least expensive paint. Could that be true for vehicles?

Whitewash is a lot cheaper than paint.
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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 27, 2022 04:49PM
Red is the power color, isn't it?

In fashion, any way, so why not any/everywhere else.

I'm sure there some science-based explanation or at least theory as to why red is 'special' and why Enzo liked it.

I'd like to see a comeback of vehicle colors available in a wide gamut of colors.

In particular I'd like to see pastels, and Art Deco colors, along with Arctic white.

The later is a favorite of mine on flowing bodywork.

Of course, there's not much flowing bodywork on cars these days.






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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: testcase
Date: September 27, 2022 07:18PM
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Old barns were painted red because red paint was the least expensive paint. Could that be true for vehicles?

Whitewash is a lot cheaper than paint.


All the work of painting but I don’t believe whitewash would last anywhere close to what paint will do
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Re: enough with the red
Posted by: Buzz
Date: September 28, 2022 09:50PM
Long term fan fave of red.... up to a point.
I'll give ya the olde timey work/pickup trucks as a safe, red-free zone.

OTOH, some new trucks strut their red just fine.
Went to Costco a couple of days ago, and had to park off the beaten track a little bit. There was giant, fluorescent red Ford P/U next to where I was pulling into the gimp spot in our (diminutive, by comparison) MDX, so Mrs. Buzz insisted that I pull a couple of feet over into the blue, cross-hatched "van access" portion of the gimp spot. After spousal unit retrieved a shopping cart me, the owner of the giant red pickup showed up. Not what either of us expected; an older than us, scrawny geezer in a t-shirt and faded jeans hobbled up to truck, and expended quite a bit of energy climbing into the beast.

No need to have given him all that extra room after all.... but the moral of the story was, that big honkin' red truck thing commanded attention, and respect. We also got to see the very cute little doodle dog in the back seat of the Audi SUV that was parked on the other side of us. Very friendly, quiet, and well behaved. Driver's side windows were cracked open a few inches, and the passenger's side windows were open plenty; front seat's was about 2/3's down, and back seat's was all the way open. How many places do you see that? It was only in mid 70° 's, so the doggie wasn't gonna bake, but I hope the owner had a doggie cam for the car.


More than one way to get attention w/ a car/truck, and we found two ways w/ one parking spot.


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