: Newbie needs paint opinions



EscaladeDave
04-03-09, 10:17 PM
Hi all,

I need everyone's opinion. I just bought my first Caddy. I got it from the local Don Massey Cadillac dealership. The truck has a custom paint job that I'm not too sure about. At first I hated it, but the truck was a great price, has low miles and they gave me what I wanted for my trade in. I've had the truck 5 days and the color is starting to grow on me. The top color is the original Blue Chip and the bottom is called Balboa Blue. It looks almost gray in the photos I just took but it is the light. I'll post some in daylight tomorrow.

What do you think, keep the 2 tone or get it repainted Blue Chip?

Thanks

bigksone
04-03-09, 11:31 PM
Blue chip and fast. My .02 cents.

luxurylife33
04-04-09, 12:13 AM
The problem would be that the whole car would have to get painted. The top part cannot be just masked off and have the bottom sprayed, it wouldn't match. You would have the get the entire thing painted for everything to match. At my old body shop, you'd be looking at around $2000.

jordan00escalade
04-04-09, 01:01 AM
If you like the way it looks.. Have at it. It's your opinion that matters the most, but I would have mine painted a solid color.

obxdiver
04-04-09, 07:00 AM
The problem would be that the whole car would have to get painted. The top part cannot be just masked off and have the bottom sprayed, it wouldn't match. You would have the get the entire thing painted for everything to match. At my old body shop, you'd be looking at around $2000.

Hey lux
How much to paint a whole escalade ESV from RED-E to White Diamond?

oldworld
04-04-09, 07:43 AM
Hey Lux....what shop do you use on LI? That price to do whole truck is good price. Does that include removing all plastic clading first, then painting the truck and the clading and putting back together???

EscaladeDave
04-04-09, 08:49 AM
The problem would be that the whole car would have to get painted. The top part cannot be just masked off and have the bottom sprayed, it wouldn't match. You would have the get the entire thing painted for everything to match. At my old body shop, you'd be looking at around $2000.

I knew the whole truck would need to be painted. It it impossible to see in these photos, but the blue chip portion of the truck has some pin stripes on it as well. The problem is, is that the stripes are paint, not stickers. I'll post more photos later to try and show everyone.

Thanks for all the input!

luxurylife33
04-05-09, 12:49 AM
I knew the whole truck would need to be painted. It it impossible to see in these photos, but the blue chip portion of the truck has some pin stripes on it as well. The problem is, is that the stripes are paint, not stickers. I'll post more photos later to try and show everyone.

Thanks for all the input!

The painted pinstripes, believe it or not, are the easiest to remove. Buy a small quart of laquer thinner from ace hardware or walmart. Get some on a rag and just rub it very gently. It should come off like butter, just use a little at a time. Follow up with a quick wax to the area you just cleaned, because the laquer thinner will wipe away any wax/protectant. The reason this happens is because the pinstripes are painted with a laquer base paint, and will not harm the factory finish because the clearcoat is not laquer based.

As for the body shop question, i said "old body shop" cuz my uncle sold his. I do mobile work now, touching up bumpers at peoples homes and used car dealers.

luxurylife33
04-05-09, 12:51 AM
And white diamond would have been around $2300 (3 stage paint is expensive!)... thats just the exterior, no jams .... the handles and moldings removed before paint... it was a good body shop with great prices, i regret not buying it.

oldworld
04-05-09, 01:12 PM
Hey Lux:
What do you do wih scratches on a black vehicle? Do they make some sort of black colored wax that would fill in the scratches, let dry and then wax??
Curious how you would take them out. Pretend its on an 05 black escalade, not a 97 beater...lol

Thanks :hmm:

luxurylife33
04-05-09, 07:38 PM
If the scratches are deep, it needs a repaint. If they are minor, then use some compound on a rotary wheel, followed by some glaze!

EscaladeDave
04-07-09, 06:48 PM
Okay, here are some better photos.

What does everyone think?

Thanks in advance for the input.

pcguy760
04-07-09, 07:41 PM
It kinda looks like a cross with a Chevy Avalanche... it does not look bad I am just not used to seeing them like that! What size rims you got on there btw?

EscaladeDave
04-07-09, 08:30 PM
It kinda looks like a cross with a Chevy Avalanche... it does not look bad I am just not used to seeing them like that! What size rims you got on there btw?


Rims are 22's. I've seen another post about the exact same rims. I think they were Cadillac optional oem. They do have wider tires than the 22's on brand new escalades though. I think the 22's on a brand new escalade are 275 and mine has 305's. I like the beefier look of them.

zerocarpileup
04-07-09, 08:37 PM
I like it alot, i love the pinstripe and the hood, very different. i would throw on a high end grill and call it a night, most people pay an arm and a leg to get some paint like that, so why i would pay more just to look like regular everyday Escalade? Thats a one of a kind lade there man, almost car show status.

RByers91
04-07-09, 10:26 PM
I personally LOVE it. Might be because blue is my favorite color... Lol. Keep it! Very original, very NICE! Btw, wheels look great too.

bigksone
04-08-09, 10:07 AM
I must admit the paint job is starting to grow on me as well. My first impression was to repaint it. But now, i say leave it alone. Don't know if it was the new pics or just time that changed my mind. The details in the paint job are great. are my eyes correct, is the grill painted to match also?

EscaladeDave
04-08-09, 12:44 PM
Yes, the grill is painted to match. Someone had mentioned getting a new grill, but it you look, the hood lines match up with the grill.

I think it is starting to grow on my wife as well. I told her the estimates on a new paint job and suddenly the 2 tone wasn't so bad!

bigksone
04-08-09, 02:26 PM
LOL. I'm sure she can think of a lot of other ways to spend that money. I know mine sure could.

MatthewC
06-27-09, 05:18 PM
Looking at your paint job got me thinking what my pearl white 2004 would look like with a similar pearl black treatment done on the body cladding and hood? I think it would look cool! May have to find someone to photo shop that for me!

Matt

MatthewC
06-27-09, 05:30 PM
Sorry DBL Post

Playdrv4me
06-27-09, 11:37 PM
Looking at your paint job got me thinking what my pearl white 2004 would look like with a similar pearl black treatment done on the body cladding and hood? I think it would look cool! May have to find someone to photo shop that for me!

Matt

I'd NEVER compromise the integrity of my factory original paint. Custom paint jobs just give people an excuse to ask why your vehicle was repainted later on and have doubts about accidents THEY think might have happened.

I've never liked those tu-tone treatments myself, typically they are done with paint that also won't hold up to the elements and time as well as the factory paint.

MatthewC
06-28-09, 01:19 PM
I'd NEVER compromise the integrity of my factory original paint. Custom paint jobs just give people an excuse to ask why your vehicle was repainted later on and have doubts about accidents THEY think might have happened.

I've never liked those tu-tone treatments myself, typically they are done with paint that also won't hold up to the elements and time as well as the factory paint.

Paint quality only depends on two well really three things, the skill level of your painter, quality of Materials sprayed and how deep your wallet is :) My brother in law owns a custom hot rod paint and body shop and has done all of my paint work in the past for me. His paint work is far superior to anything you will ever see roll of the dealer lot bar none.

I just got out of a show/race tuner car before I picked up my Escalade.

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i171/1Bad_TT/blacktop%20photo%20shoot%2005-21-07/Viper3.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i171/1Bad_TT/blacktop%20photo%20shoot%2005-21-07/Seats1.jpg

http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i171/1Bad_TT/Spring%20Dust%20Off%202007/model8.jpg

I told myself I wouldn't go overboard with my Escalade like I did with my tuner, I even bought another project car so I had something to dump my creativity into but the longer I have my Lade the more I find myself wanting to start modding her!

If I do decide to get creative with the paint it won't be for a while I still need to get my wheels/tires, tint, and exhaust first :)

Matt