1970 GSX Correct Trunk Paint

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  1. docgsx

    docgsx It's not a GTX

    Looking for the most up-to-date correct 70 GSX trunk paint available. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Merry Christmas
  2. 1970 STAGE 1

    1970 STAGE 1 Well-Known Member

    Check on Thornton's web page . They have some great paint products. The only trunk paint I have seen that works involves a clear coat..
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  3. tdacton

    tdacton Gold Level Contributor

    Thanks Doc! Merry Christmas to you also!
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  4. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    NAPa used to carry it.
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  5. Duane

    Duane Member

    Nick uses a trunk paint that is not water based and does not need to be clear coated, but he would not tell me how he does it.
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    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    Okay Nick, give us the goods so we don't have to ruff ya up! Lol

    Or maybe sells some pints or quarts? Shipping via Hazardous might be cost prohibitive though?

    BUQUICK I'm your huckleberry.

    My dad does a 2 step process to replicate the original GM trunk paint and it's the most accurate of any I've seen. First he sprays the entire trunk in a darker base color, then comes back with a different gun with a different nozzle and does the lighter-colored splatter. The difference is that the finished result is very smooth like the original GM trunk paint. Unless there's a new product on the market I've not seen anything in a spray can that is close to original (almost always very rough/textured). He has tried several of the trunk paints offered by the restoration suppliers and none have satisfied him so that's when he decided to try his own method.

    I don't have any close-up photos handy so these before and after shots are the only photos I can offer up at this time.

    docGSX if you want to speak to my dad about it send me a PM and I can put you in touch with him. He'd be happy to give you his experience with correct appearing trunk paint.

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  8. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    BUQUICK I'm your huckleberry.

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  10. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Anything you get in a spray can is garbage,...what Gary described is how I do mine,..Its the way all the top level guys do it as well,..no real secret

    You just turn the psi dow real low with a big 1.8 tip or I've even taken the whole damn air cap off and done it that way,.depends on the gun

    If you wanna go the extra mile spray semi flat clear over it for a smoother surface but in the end without the clear is more correct
  11. copperheadgs1

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  13. divinginswfl

    divinginswfl Active Member

    Thanks doc for a this question
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  14. Paintworks

    Paintworks GS Restorations

    Zolatone and the stuff OPGI sells are the best in my opinion. You need the right gun, setting and technique to get it to look right. We don’t clear it here and it holds up great.
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  15. jmbarber

    jmbarber Well-Known Member

    I am looking at a product made by OER and JEGS is the site. Does anyone know about this choice?
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  16. jmbarber

    jmbarber Well-Known Member

    I should have added that OPGI paint is backordered.
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  17. 87GN_70GS

    87GN_70GS Well-Known Member

    The Parts Place is selling the Zolatone. It's been relabeled
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  18. BadBrad

    BadBrad Got 4-speed?

    Back in the day when I had my GSX and using as a daily driver I had a neighbor getting rid of some 1970s era indoor/outdoor carpet. I wanted that trunk protected and I was on a budget as a college student. "Free" was the word. That poor GSX I sold in 1990 had something similar to this in the trunk.
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  19. PGSS

    PGSS Well-Known Member

    HaHa, the shag carpet in my trunk was all orange!
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  20. scubasteve455

    scubasteve455 Well-Known Member

    I’ve talked about this number of times on the forum. Single stage urethane colors in flat and matt color chips. easy peasy. 1 coat of paint gray spray at 45 psi . next color battle ship gray darker than 1 st coat. turn down pressure to 15 psi it will splatter. then “teal” Light green in cast. same thing 15psi. move your arm fast. It will blow your mind. Very easy. and looks like a Restoration shop did it. And looks like chip guard but smooth when wiping your hand on it. not dry and nasty. But most of all very durable.
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