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Old 07-06-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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Special order unpainted ZL1

A odd idea came up today whilst discussing the ZL1 with friends. If you could special order the ZL1 unpainted, (maybe with just a single base primer), would you? This of course would be to custom paint it yourself. May or may not be cheaper than regular price.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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if its cheaper yes cuz im planning in gettin a cusom paint job on mine
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:45 PM   #3
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with today's technology, there really should be a satin black color for all fleet and performance vehicles...
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:52 PM   #4
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with today's technology, there really should be a satin black color for all fleet and performance vehicles...
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:56 PM   #5
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I'm not aware of any major car company ever doing this. There is probably a reason for that - or several reasons.

When the manufacturing process is set up to paint and finish cars in one manner, you would save the price of the paint itself, but incur some extra costs by having to change the process.

Then GM would have to consider do they want unfinished looking cars coming from their plant. You know there would be a few who would put off their paint jobs for a while.

Even a primer-only car would have to be prepared for painting, so you aren't gaining much there. It would also oxidize faster without the clearcoat. On top of that, (or more correctly underneath it) the extra layers will be protecting the metal against the rust monster for years to come.

I would say there aren't enough good reasons to make a case for a primer only option, and plenty of reasons not to even consider it.

Sorry, but you'll just have to get out your sander when you get ready for the new paint.


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Old 07-06-2011, 11:12 PM   #6
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I'm not aware of any major car company ever doing this. There is probably a reason for that - or several reasons.

When the manufacturing process is set up to paint and finish cars in one manner, you would save the price of the paint itself, but incur some extra costs by having to change the process.

Then GM would have to consider do they want unfinished looking cars coming from their plant. You know there would be a few who would put off their paint jobs for a while.

Even a primer-only car would have to be prepared for painting, so you aren't gaining much there. It would also oxidize faster without the clearcoat. On top of that, (or more correctly underneath it) the extra layers will be protecting the metal against the rust monster for years to come.

I would say there aren't enough good reasons to make a case for a primer only option, and plenty of reasons not to even consider it.

Sorry, but you'll just have to get out your sander when you get ready for the new paint.


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Old 07-07-2011, 06:39 AM   #7
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:55 AM   #8
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A odd idea came up today whilst discussing the ZL1 with friends. If you could special order the ZL1 unpainted, (maybe with just a single base primer), would you? This of course would be to custom paint it yourself. May or may not be cheaper than regular price.
That is an interesting idea. I think it would be a great idea for folks that will be custom painting the car anyways.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:21 AM   #9
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Back in the 70's you could order a Vette unpainted.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:01 AM   #10
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Not interested. You still have the tear nearly the entire car apart in order to duplicate the factory appearance. Everything attached to and adjacent to panels with attachments has to come off, or you get overspray or paint lines on parts.

If someone is seriously considering this as something they want, they might as well start off in a body in white car.
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why stop there, order it as a kit so u can put is all together yourself.
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:26 PM   #12
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If you have the money that a guy that I know has you can also get companies to do "one off" paint jobs for you. This guy had Ferrari make a Pearl Yellow that no one else will ever own.

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Back in the 70's you could order a Vette unpainted.
The fibreglass vette wouldn't rust.
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No. Someone already mentioned it -- start off with a car in plain white (Summit white, arctic white, etc)
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