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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:17 pm    Post subject: The many shades of my Ghia. Reply with quote

I've been trying to decide since I got my Ghia what color I want to paint it. Everyone likes the friggin' blue color, so it will go back to the original shade - Olympic.

My question is about the roof/ two tone.

In 73 would my Ghia have had the option of two tone,from either the dealer or factory? Through my sanding it looks like it came with a white top, maybe it's just primer though? I've tried researching this and came up empty handed.
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And yes, at one point my car looked like it was pretty in pink Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:59 pm    Post subject: Re: The many shades of my Ghia. Reply with quote

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I've been trying to decide since I got my Ghia what color I want to paint it. Everyone likes the friggin' blue color, so it will go back to the original shade - Olympic.

My question is about the roof/ two tone.

In 73 would my Ghia have had the option of two tone,from either the dealer or factory? Through my sanding it looks like it came with a white top, maybe it's just primer though? I've tried researching this and came up empty handed.
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And yes, at one point my car looked like it was pretty in pink Confused


Mine prefers the color of rust. :doh:

I like the rainbow thing you have going however. Almost Nagel.

From that pallete I like the maroon/red. Thought blue is nice Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You don't have to be in a hurry to decide. I found that the colours only "presented" themselves this weekend when I had:

carpets - ready
seat upholstery - done (two colours to take into account)
paint swatches - for a two-tone Ghia

I had about 6 or 7 sample sheets prepared by the paint guy. And yesterday my wife and I finally agreed on the scheme - ignoring the grandchildren's well-meaning but wildly colourful suggestions.

That Olympic Blue would look good with a navy or darker blue on the roof. (Depending on the interior: It would look good with red, or browns/tans, or black. Very versatile colour, blue.)

Decisions, decisions, decisions.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kiwighia68 wrote:

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

No kidding.

The interior is all black. Black panels,carpet,all that. Has the blue dash though.

The black does tie it all together, so I guess that's a plus for black. The only negative is that I've read black tops get rather hot, there is no shortage of heat here in the summer. I like beige/ antique white, just don't know how it will look .

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I like the maroon/red

The PO said he was going to paint it red, I bet if it were red , everyone would love the color. Lol
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kiwighia68 wrote:
You don't have to be in a hurry to decide. I found that the colours only "presented" themselves this weekend when I had:

carpets - ready
seat upholstery - done (two colours to take into account)
paint swatches - for a two-tone Ghia

I had about 6 or 7 sample sheets prepared by the paint guy. And yesterday my wife and I finally agreed on the scheme - ignoring the grandchildren's well-meaning but wildly colourful suggestions.

That Olympic Blue would look good with a navy or darker blue on the roof. (Depending on the interior: It would look good with red, or browns/tans, or black. Very versatile colour, blue.)

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

I'll second the dark blue roof option, even with the God-awful (IMO) black interior.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The world needs more pink Ghia's
Vive la Difference !! Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kingkarmann wrote:
The world needs more pink Ghia's
Vive la Difference !! Cool


I'm glad I inspired you to paint yours pink! Wink

How about a grey top??
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pink and Grey.......
Interesting Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome!

I'll paint mine pink and grey, then we will trade ghias!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a bit under the influence at the moment.
You know, critiquing a brew (or three) for the " What beer are you drinking" thread.
I probably should avoid making decisions until tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Non-US markets often still had the option of factory two-toned colors. Looking at this German '73 Ghia sales brochure from theSamba technical archives, the bottom chart shows that Olympia Blue was available with the Hellelfenbein (light ivory) or also black (Schwarz) roof-

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Here's the color of light ivory from the same brochure-
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If you want to get away from that "horrible" black interior, the chart shows that not only black was available as the vinyl color choice, but also Lederbeige (tan) or Palisander (chocolate brown).

Here's where the entire brochure is filed: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/8_72ghia_german.php

As a suggestion, you could buy a 1:18 model of a Ghia Coupe and paint it with spray can paint similar to those two colors to see if you like the two-tone effect. This one already has the roof in ivory. http://www.amazon.com/Yat-Ming-Scale-Volkswagen-Karmann-Ghia/dp/B001LF3B9U

Personally the ivory/blue would be very suitable for a FL environment. If you decide to have the Ghia painted like that, pay attention to the paint split lines on the front and rear roof pillars- they are easy to get wrong.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very useful info, much appreciated!

So since my car is US market, it never came Two tone ? Just two shades of primer I guess - weird ?

I like the chocolate brown interior, that would make for a very handsome interior. I'm afraid however, that my girlfriend would kill me. I've joked for quite a while about a beige body, and some shade of brown top, Aswell as those other brownish interiors. She hates the idea! Perhaps I'll suprise her one day with a beige ghia.

I suppose that the cream and blue will look nice, I've found some pics online. If I don't like it I could always just paint the top again.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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...I'm afraid however, that my girlfriend would kill me... I've joked for quite a while about a beige body, and some shade of brown top, As well as those other brownish interiors. She hates the idea! Perhaps I'll suprise her one day with a beige ghia...


Wait 2 months and I'll show you a really nice two-tone colour combination. No others like it in the photo galleries.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You sir, will kill us with - antici...pation !
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're not certain that you'll like the painted roof, I bet that you could get a vinyl stick-on one made by a company that makes those advertising wraps for vehicles.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like that idea, do you have any idea how much that might cost?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: The many shades of my Ghia. Reply with quote

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Looks like mine when I bought it lots of repaints, primers, guide coats. Best results require a bare metal respray.

As for the roof. Who knows whats original. Its tough to tell, and likely doesn't matter. Do what you think looks best.

Personally: Olympic blue is a nice shade for the entire car. I wouldn't paint the roof white.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well when I prime it I'm going to have it tinted blue so I can see if I like the whole thing blue.

Ugh, colors!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well when I prime it I'm going to have it tinted blue so I can see if I like the whole thing blue.

Ugh, colors!


Two-tone makes the car look faster.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I like that idea, do you have any idea how much that might cost?

Sorry, I have no idea what that would cost.
I've thought about doing something like that many times, but I'm no where near being at that point.

3M makes some products that you could probably buy and apply yourself.
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