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    Have been playing around with photoshop and tried this paint scheme purely for fun. Have had a lot of positive response towards it though and now think it's time to get AF's ideas.

    Please note: It is not a Gordini, we would not be so cras as to modify an original Gordini. The green bits are only that colour because I could not be bothered editing them.

    All opinions welcome, love it or hate it... or even hate us for thinking of it.

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    While restoring a car some years ago (I still own it) I was told by the originality police that I can't do this or that and it must be painted in the original colour etc etc. I won't repeat my comments to them here, however if its your car and you are doing it for yourself and that's what you want, then go for it. A different paint job won't take anything from the car and it will only individualise it as YOUR car. For what my opinion is worth, it looks OK to me.

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    It looks ok to me too but if you want something great, there is only one colour for an R8, and that is original

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    Do it whatever colour you want - it's your car. I am restoring (painfully, expensively) an R8 and I'm doing it Gulf Blue - my fav colour. Good luck with it - post some piccies of the progress?

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    Thanks guys for your input. Lets accept that we are not going with original colors. What i am really interested in is everyones opinion on how the two tone paint scheme looks. Do you like it, or should we go with just a single color?
    For those of you that only like original, I understand, but put that aside and just give me your thoughts on how the two tone looks on the R8.
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    It looks great may I be so bold as to suggest spraying a different pearl colour over the two tone so when viewed from another position 2 different colours are seen.
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    its a no from me,sorry

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    The two tone doesn't do it for me, but it's not my car. Solid colour in either of the two colours would be more to my taste. I prefer them in blue. Good luck.

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    Thanks for the replies. I have had a lot of 'likes' outside Aussie Frogs and mostly 'dislikes' from the French car enthusiasts. Interesting, I assume that is due to the originality issue, even though you guys have tried to look past that. I do understand, if you came to me with anything other than silver and black for a Silver Shadow I would cring. I know it's "My car," but we all want our cars to be liked by others, hence the experiment.

    So I think we will go with a single colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JodieK View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I have had a lot of 'likes' outside Aussie Frogs and mostly 'dislikes' from the French car enthusiasts. Interesting, I assume that is due to the originality issue, even though you guys have tried to look past that. I do understand, if you came to me with anything other than silver and black for a Silver Shadow I would cring. I know it's "My car," but we all want our cars to be liked by others, hence the experiment.

    So I think we will go with a single colour.

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    I think if you're going the chrome bling wheel look, then go with a modern loud pearl colour as well. I think those wheels would look terrible on a R8 in a original standard colour, but with a modern colour, it all goes nicely as a customised package. I'm guessing it may have updated driveline, turbo twin cam perhaps with updated brakes, Recaro or Scheel seats with matching trim on rear seats, plus tinted windows as well in that case, sticking with the custom/modern look. I'm not a big fan of the two tone either (purely personal preference) but as said earlier, it's your car, do it how you want too. It's not like you're giving the roof a three inch chop or anything. I'm definitely not a fan of cutting them up. Do whatever to the bolt on panels (they can always be put back to original if someone wanted to) just my 2 cents but it would be boring if everyone did exactly the same thing.
    My style is standard original look but in the weeds with widies & a tweaked (original looking) motor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JodieK View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I have had a lot of 'likes' outside Aussie Frogs and mostly 'dislikes' from the French car enthusiasts. Interesting, I assume that is due to the originality issue, even though you guys have tried to look past that. I do understand, if you came to me with anything other than silver and black for a Silver Shadow I would cring. I know it's "My car," but we all want our cars to be liked by others, hence the experiment.

    So I think we will go with a single colour.

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    I reckon it will look better with a single colour. I'll stay out of the originality debate. If you go bling, I guess mine is that much rarer!

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    Just remember how thin the panels are, it doesnt take an awful lot to ding them. You might want to consider a paint system that can be easily matched when the inevitable occurs.
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    Don't like the two tone, and not the bronzy gold at all. I can see a modern pearl suiting the rest of the bling but perhaps a very dark pearl blue rather than the purple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    Just remember how thin the panels are, it doesnt take an awful lot to ding them. You might want to consider a paint system that can be easily matched when the inevitable occurs.
    Now these are words of wisdom. You have convinced me. Single color, that can be matched... Man, are those panels thin!

    And as for cuting up the body... no way, anyone that wants to put it back to original if we sell it, just needs a spray gun and upholsterer (well, basicaly).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JodieK View Post
    Now these are words of wisdom. You have convinced me. Single color, that can be matched... Man, are those panels thin!

    And as for cuting up the body... no way, anyone that wants to put it back to original if we sell it, just needs a spray gun and upholsterer (well, basicaly).

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    Don't understand the "if we sell it".... I'm not sure how I could bring myself to sell an R8, especially "our R8". On the cradle to grave and "we are custodians" line, you are spot on. Good thinking.

    "OK to modify but try and make sure that it can be returned to original later" is one way of thinking that I agree with.
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    Ok, this is from the wife's point of view now! The two tone colour on the pic is a bad pic. Its meant to be a raspberry and gold colour which i believe looks quite good. Its hard to tell from a small pic. We are still deciding on either the two tone or a single colour. If it is a single colour, then it will be the raspberry. The raspberry is a custom colour and can only get it made in a pearl. It will have 18in chrome wheels but not the same in the pic. The pic of the car is what it was like when one of its previous owners had it, we just changed the colour. It will not be modified in any shape or form, in fact the rear spoiler didnt come with the car when we bought it (thank god ). The interior will be custom to suit the exterior. Thinkin of a gold/ mustard, maybe. This car is my baby. The whole reason for a custom, is that i want something a little different. I know there are alot of great looking original R8's around, and i love seeing them. But sometimes its good to see one or two a bit diff from the rest... its like any other classic car you see. You can appreciate a good looking original but you can also enjoy seeing something that has a bit of zing to it. But each to their own. This wont be driven everyday, only for show and shines or the French Car Day in Melb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JodieK View Post
    Have been playing around with photoshop and tried this paint scheme purely for fun. Have had a lot of positive response towards it though and now think it's time to get AF's ideas.

    Please note: It is not a Gordini, we would not be so cras as to modify an original Gordini. The green bits are only that colour because I could not be bothered editing them.

    All opinions welcome, love it or hate it... or even hate us for thinking of it.

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    Hi Jodie

    Personally I 'm voting for one colour and the rasberry sounds great. Thought I might through this photo of a R8G into the pot just to show you what something very different looks like. I love it, looks like its a racer even when its parked.

    Good luck with the paint job, hope to see it some time, maybe at the Junee muster Easter 2013 !!

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    Hey Phil, seeing a red R8 looks wierd, but it looks nice! Im so used to seeing blue, blue and blue. Atm, we will look at driving the car in about 2020 the way things r going...lol. Once we get it sandblasted, we can then fix the rust, put new sills on then put it in undercoat. Then we r on our way..
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    Quote Originally Posted by JodieK View Post
    Hey Phil, seeing a red R8 looks wierd, but it looks nice! Im so used to seeing blue, blue and blue. Atm, we will look at driving the car in about 2020 the way things r going...lol. Once we get it sandblasted, we can then fix the rust, put new sills on then put it in undercoat. Then we r on our way..
    Careful with sandblasting it can really stuff the panels. If you have to do it make sure a plastic blasting media is used. Paint stripper is the best option especially with light panels in an R8.

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    Hey Paul,
    We are not blasting the panels... only the body/chassis. We know how thin the metal is so we dont want to warp them or cause more damage then they already have. We have been using paint stripper or using the poly stripping discs for the panels... Its a very slow process, but we in no hurry!
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    I reckon that looks great ..... Chuck heaps of perl and some nice metal flakes in it .... Who cares, it's your car. Any old car with a really nice paint job almost regardless of the colour always looks good on the roads. I personally can't stand cheap shitty HUGE "bling" wheels on old cars .... It looks really tacky to me. period wheels and mags like this (15" not something terrible like 18" ) look brilliant



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