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#3 of 22 I think it depends on the car...
May 21, 2010 (10:36 am)
When two-toning made a bit of a comeback in the late 70's, I thought it worked really well on the angular cars of the time, because they had creases that gave a logical "break point" between the two colors. Even if the cars had a little bit of curviness to them, it still often worked. For instance, I had an '86 Monte Carlo that I thought looked great, with its 2-tone gray-over-silver.
Once the cars started getting more aerodynamic though, it seemed like two-toning really started limiting itself to the lower body, and was often accomplished with plastic cladding.
Nowadays though, cars are enough of a mix-and-match in styling, with re-hashes of styling themes that have come and gone before, that it might work on some of them. For instance, I think 2-toning would look good on something like a Chrysler 300. It's squared-off enough to pull it off.
That Maybach coupe manages to look rounded and slab-sided at the same time, and has strong enough creases to pull off that two-toning, IMO.
#4 of 22 Following the acceptance of Two toning, will
May 21, 2010 (12:36 pm)
White Sidewall tires make a comeback as well? For those who park by Braile, not.
#5 of 22 Re: I think it depends on the car... [andre1969]
May 21, 2010 (12:55 pm)
I think you're right. For me anyway, two toning looks a lot better on an angular car. For slightly rounder cars, it can only be pulled off with lower body differentiation, like on many 80s era MB.
I don't see it coming back...I bet the expense alone, especially on non-cladding setups, makes it prohibitive.
#6 of 22 Re: Following the acceptance of Two toning, will [euphonium]
May 21, 2010 (2:36 pm)
they make tires that have curb protection built in. i have a set.
one the best 70's cars for a two tone paint job was a mid/late monte carlo.
#7 of 22 Watch For A Tuner Trend
May 30, 2010 (4:42 pm)
I think that if the "tuner" market sees an interest in two-tone paints then the manufacturers might put an effort into bringing them out. I do not think you could say that has been much sign of such a trend yet.
I was actually thinking about doing this to my last previous car, until I got it in an accident and had to replace it.
#8 of 22 two tone cars
Jun 12, 2010 (4:56 am)
I'd say no. I remember the ugly two-tone cars from the '70s and '80s.
#9 of 22 Apparently GM Things So!
Jun 12, 2010 (6:39 am)
GM seems to be going to the two tone route. I mean, they first brought it back with the 08 Malibu with the light colored interior choices and I think the new LaCrosse does that a little bit in the gray and beige colored interiors, so does the Equinox, etc and they seem to be sticking with it!
What will be interesting to see, is if Honda, Nissan, and Toyota copy and have two tone options on their next round of redesigned models, Altima/Camry next year, followed by the Accord the year after!
#10 of 22 Silver-gray on black
Jun 12, 2010 (10:30 am)
I had a 1986 Chevy, er Chevrolet, Suburban for many years that was two-tone. There were a number of choices of two-tones. Mine looked pretty good until the silver-gray on the hood and the roof started to deteriorate.
The black on the sides was very rich and deep and shined up well. It took a lot of work to get a shine on the hood.
The roof was another story. In the later years, kept it till late 2003, I had to get up on a ladder (twice over time) with orbital sander and fine sandpaper to remove remnants of paint and very light rust. Roof never rusted through. I was lucky to find popular brand spray can paint (Rustoleum), masked off the sides and hood and used many cans to spray. It matched the original color very well. Unless you were a basketball player, you could not really see the top of roof, only a little bit of it.
I decided to refinish the roof by myself when I got some estimates from auto paint shops that quoted the work to be more than the value of the truck.
#11 of 22 Re: I think it depends on the car... [andre1969]
Jun 13, 2010 (7:13 am)
I, too, was happy when two-tones became commonplace again, in the late '70's. I especially liked it on the downsized Impalas and Caprices, and also the Malibus, '78 and later. My first new car was a factory two-tone light jade over dark jade '81 V8 Monte Carlo. The roof and hood were light and the rest of the car, dark.
Unfortunately, the divider decals GM used then were no more durable than a model-car decal, and often washed or flaked off too soon.
I'd be all for two-toning again. That, and red and blue as interior colors.
Remember the '76 Monte Carlo "Fashion Tone" two-tone? There was a huge blob of second color around the 'pontoon' lines of the front fender and onto the door. Worst-looking two-tone ever, IMHO. And otherwise, back then at least, I was a big fan of that Monte Carlo generation.
#12 of 22 Re: I think it depends on the car... [uplanderguy]
Jun 13, 2010 (9:04 am)
This isn't beautiful?