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1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« on: April 20, 2012, 07:58:17 pm »
  I've checked out some threads here, maybe I can't find what I'm looking for, What is everyone doing to refinish these panels? Paint? What type and supplier? Or are they getting powdercoated? What about the finned area, Are they painted silver or a sanded finish? What is the correct color? I have seen black, silver, gray?
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2012, 07:45:29 am »
The color is dark argent, which was also used on the grille. Sorry, but I don't recall a particular paint code. The fins should be the same color with no bright finish on the edges.
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2012, 09:08:48 am »
Check this thread out: http://www.428cobrajet.org/forum/index.php/topic,15721.msg103048.html#msg103048
You will have to add a little black to tint it darker and add some flattening agent because its too glossy otherwise.
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2012, 10:56:18 am »
Thanks guys, this really helped out. I was thinking of getting them beadblasted and having them powder coated. Maybe paint is a better option, and I can paint the grille at the same time, so all match perfectly.
 [ Hey Scott, maybe I should have posted in the restoration tips section, that's why I couldn't find the original thread posting]
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2012, 03:15:48 pm »
You did originally post this in the restoration tips board. I moved it. Read the board description and the reason for the move will be obvious. I may change it, though, because it seems like we get a lot of questions that eventually include good tips.
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2012, 05:32:54 pm »
I found that the paint I bought from NPD for this purpose was WAY too light.  I bought Rustoleum Charcoal Metallic at Lowes and it is a perfect match to the original paint that was still on the backside of my modlings.  I actually repainted my sport light moldings and this color matched the grille perfectly too.
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2012, 12:43:20 am »
I found that the paint I bought from NPD for this purpose was WAY too light.  I bought Rustoleum Charcoal Metallic at Lowes and it is a perfect match to the original paint that was still on the backside of my modlings.  I actually repainted my sport light moldings and this color matched the grille perfectly too.

I'm not surprised the paint from NPD was wrong, but I'm real surprised the Rustoleum from Lowes was spot-on. That's good to know, but I wouldn't recommend someone uses spray-can paint to do rocker mouldings or rock chips won't be far away. How long ago did you paint yours and how are they holding up? I shot mine through a gun with PPG paint (the stuff in the thread linked above) and 15+ years later they're still in great shape!

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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2012, 08:43:57 pm »
Did you beadblast first? Or does that change the factory texture too much?
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2012, 02:18:35 pm »
They're aluminum so you don't want to sandblast them, but glassbeading or other light-duty media would be fine and a plus for paint adhesion (be sure to remove bright-metal moulding first). Use epoxy primer (DP40 or whatever) and then paint as recommended in the linked thread. NOTE: If yours have the cast-in "Mach 1" letters, those are faced with silver paint using a rubber roller after painting everything. I believe the removable letters are chrome-faced (?).

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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2012, 02:41:42 pm »
I painted them last summer.  So far so good, got about 1000 miles on them and not too many chips.  I am quite sure spraying them with PPG is the better way to go, it just requires a lot more setup and clean up time and a good place to do it.  I used aircraft stripper to strip mine.
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2012, 02:46:10 pm »
I believe the removable letters are chrome-faced (?).

Chrome with black paint.
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2012, 02:47:37 pm »
Mine had the detachable letters.  The appear to be satin chrome.  I carefully masked them and painted the centers of the letters in satin black to match the trunk letters.  I am not sure if that is concoures correct, but it looks great!


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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2012, 04:05:04 pm »
Here's a photo of mine (cast-in letters) for reference. This is color-matched to an NOS front fender piece. The center of the letters was the same color as the rest, face of letters painted silver.

Note: the charcoal grey is a metallic paint so appears lighter or darker depending on lighting.

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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2012, 06:11:48 pm »
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This is color-matched to an NOS front fender piece

I have all 8 pieces NOS (4 per side) and I'm going to have to paint them anyway, as they are all a slightly different shade of argent. Same with the grill parts, all NOS and none match  >:(    It seems that the agent got lighter the later the parts were manufactured.....
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Re: 1970 Mach 1 rocker panels
« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2012, 02:08:27 pm »
Would you mind taking a photo showing what you can of those pieces together? This would be good for everyone to see.