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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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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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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, 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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Old 07-09-2011, 02:13 PM   #11
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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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Old 07-10-2011, 07:02 PM   #13
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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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The fibreglass vette wouldn't rust.
Would be cool for carbon fiber too.
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Back in the 70's you could order a Vette unpainted.
No way.
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That Ferrari belongs to Michael Fuxx (sp). He has a long history of getting cars painted in special colors.
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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.

Kind of like Jay Leno's camaro?
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Kind of like Jay Leno's camaro?
Nope
Jay Leno had his own team do it I believe.

The Ferari is a factory car custom painted for Michael as a one off.
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The Ferari is a factory car custom painted for Michael as a one off.
Thank goodness. Eww. He has $$, but doesn't have much of a taste in colors.
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Its a car, one that falls in the range of 40-60k...i think some people are getting carried away with what they want this car to have...gm will paint, just like they do every other car in the lineup-its more money for them..
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Well, theoretically, you could simply run the car through ELPO and then NOT apply paint. I suppose that would be possible.

The problem would come around to your corrosion warranty. GM warranties your Camaro (and other cars and trucks) for 3 years cosmetic and 6 years perforation, if I'm not mistaken. The paint applied by the factory adds to the corrosion resistance of the vehicle. Without it, would you be expecting GM to VOID your warranty? or would you be expecting your custom painter to assume the warranty?

And not to mention, ELPO doesn't look very nice so now you have to decide how much of your car you want to be the custom color and how much you want to show ELPO grey. And I'm far from knowledgeable, but how do you get your underhood to look decent with only ELPO?
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If they paint a Corvette and a CTS-V, they'll certainly be painting a ZL1.

I agree with #3, the corrosion warranty thing I'm guessing will make you get some sort of paint. Unless they make you sign some sort of warranty waiver on that part. Seriously doubt it.
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