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Is it wrong to paint a Volvo a non-Volvo color?

Andy Somogyi

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Is it wrong or sacrilegious to paint a Volvo 1800ES a non-Volvo color?

I like the Volvo ice metallic blue, but I like the Porsche Gemini blue metallic SOOO much better. The Porsche blue is a bit darker and more of a true blue while the Volvo is lighter and more water color looking. I think the darker, more metallic Porsche blue shows off and accents the Volvo chrome better.96000E70-38AE-45E9-8366-989C40CE1412.jpeg
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Acceptable if you put Gemini wheels on the 1800

I think people here are purists in the sense of you shouldn't put a flathood on a 86+ car because of the cowl issue, a slight deviation in color is still going to lead to a car better than most out there
 
Warning: the P1800 won’t look as good as the 911.
I don’t know… I’ve owned a 911, and just sold a 912 to buy my 1800ES. They’re all great cars.

My 911 was kind of ugly though, was originally Irish Green and some prev owner repainted it boring red, and was half peeled off.
 
I'd be fine with it, it will be close enough that the jambs won't stick out to the average observer. Just don't be cheap with materials, good automotive paint is not cheap. I'd budget at least 2k just for materials.
 
I'd be fine with it, it will be close enough that the jambs won't stick out to the average observer. Just don't be cheap with materials, good automotive paint is not cheap. I'd budget at least 2k just for materials.
It’ll be most glass out, engine out, etc. only thing I won’t pull is the rear side glass because can’t buy seals anymore, and they’re covered by chrome anyways. Will get close to metal with sanding.

The car is currently gold, which is oddly enough the only factory color I really don’t like.
 
I am probably "wrong," as well, but my current plan is to paint my 242 classic Grabber Blue. A bit more exciting than the Scotia Blue it came with from the factory.
 
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