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    Need Suggestions, Engine Fire Hood Discolored...

    First off, I am new to the board; however, have been lurking for a few months...


    I bought a 1974 Bronco Ranger a few weeks ago and love it. There was an engine fire at some point in the Bronco`s life. I really want to keep the Bronco about as original as possible, but the hood does bother me (not other folks as much) a bit.


    http://marklillycorp.staging.wpengin...bronco-ranger/


    I was looking for some recommendations what to do. Like I mentioned I would like to keep it somewhat original.


    Is it possible to color match a paint job that won`t stick out like a sore thumb on a 40 year old truck? Is it possible to rough up the paint job and/or dull it so it doesn`t look completely new? Or am I going to have to repaint the entire hood and blend with fenders?

    Any recommendations are welcome?


    Thank you


    Mark


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    Re: Need Suggestions, Engine Fire Hood Discolored...

    At the end of the day it`s a roll of the dice. Find people who have been happy with their paint jobs and find out who the painter is. I won`t lie, at best it`s extremely difficult for a painter to match paint that has seen sun for years. That said, I have to think that a good painter will vastly improve the looks of that burnt hood.

    Is that really OE paint?
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    Re: Need Suggestions, Engine Fire Hood Discolored...

    There is nothing you can do to fix it short of a re-spray.

    Another option would be covering it up with matte black vinyl. That wasn`t uncommon to cut glare and may not look completely unoriginal.

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    Re: Need Suggestions, Engine Fire Hood Discolored...

    Yes it is the original Limestone Green Metallic paint... I am not ready for a full repaint but the hood drives me nuts... I am hopping to find someone that can try to blend the best they can until I am ready for a full repaint.. Thank you

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    Re: Need Suggestions, Engine Fire Hood Discolored...

    You`d be hard pressed to have anyone match the paint given the age of the vehicle.

    I like PRNDS suggestion.

    Ford Bronco Hood Blackout
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    Re: Need Suggestions, Engine Fire Hood Discolored...

    mlilly- Welcome to Autopia!

    Noting that I`m quite the originality fan when it comes to certain vehicles...

    Yeah, that`ll need reshot. No, it won`t be easy. But yeah somebody can do a better job than one might expect. Paint availability is getting tricky (I can`t get the stuff I need for my single-stage Jag. Period. Nobody`ll even custom mix it in the right type of single stage), but you won`t know until a painter with The Connections gives it a try.

    Seriously...there are irreplaceable original cars that get damaged and repaired so well that experts have trouble discerning it. Maybe you can find a painter with that level of skill and the ability to source the right paint.

    The single-stage metallic on my Jag is a seriously tricky color (Jag discontinued it shortly after my car due to issues and mine was reshot in at least 5 places *during assembly*) but until the right lacquer became unavailable my "good" painter was able to match it so well that nobody but me can see it. Not even my pal the Concours judge.

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    Re: Need Suggestions, Engine Fire Hood Discolored...

    As a Bronco fan (first vehicle ever was an `86, and I`ve always loved the "old" 70`s styling), I vote for more pics of the Bronco. You know, to help diagnose better

    I think the matte black vinyl is probably your best bet.

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    Re: Need Suggestions, Engine Fire Hood Discolored...

    Quote Originally Posted by dschribs View Post
    You`d be hard pressed to have anyone match the paint given the age of the vehicle.

    I like PRNDS suggestion.

    Ford Bronco Hood Blackout
    For just $70, that`s hard to beat and a simple DIY solution -- good find!

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    Re: Need Suggestions, Engine Fire Hood Discolored...

    Thanks for all the information, it is very useful... I know the black vinyl hood option is the cheapest and easiest, but for some reason I want to paint it, but at the same time retain some of the grittiness.. I don`t want the paint job to look absolutely perfect that it stands out... Thanks again

 

 

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