Originally Posted by dannyyaya
ok, so i wanna paint.
my exterior is as it came to me...bright silver with some bootleg side molding that i didn't notice wasn't stock...but i've digressed...
the game plan:
a nice bright white with a glossy black roof.
1. which white to go with ( a picture is worth a thousand words, so post something if you can);
2. what body mods should i do before painting (i.e. new fascia, lip, side skirts, etc.); and
3. what should i do with my headlight housings (matte black right now, but colour-matched white could look cool too, i think...)
4. what to do with my wheels (chrome now, but maybe go black-chrome, gloss black, etc)
if there's other things i should consider in preparation of painting definitely let me know!
Your situation was very similar to mine back in 2010. My SRT had gone through a few different stages leading up to the full repaint, and many of my panels were mismatched. After going over the material costs with my buddy's shop, it really didn't make much sense to go through all that work just to keep it the original color. That's when we decided to dump the extra labor into it and go with the full color change. My roof and mirrors were already gloss black from the year before, but here's a few photos along with a short explanation of each stage:
Stock with the color matched Grip grill:
Here's a shot of the front end stripped so I could shave the front bumper washer nozzles, Grip grill emblem and roll/repaint the front fenders. I also had the side markers repainted to match as they were a shade darker than the rest of the body:
The result of the above work:
Second round of front end/body work. Here's the shaved SRT front bumper before:
Here's the stock C bumper swapped in so I could add the TZD front lip:
Test fitting the front lip:
Test fitting the skirts and rear:
Painted and installed:
After making the decision to paint, here's a shot of it in the booth after a few days of prep:
Five days after deciding to repaint the car, here's where we ended up so I could make it to LX Nationals that Saturday in Ohio:
As for why white is so much fun, you can do pretty much any wheel combination. Here's a few different sets I had on it after the USW's:
Black 300 Reps:
Stock SRT Magnum wheels:
Black Option 5's:
Polished face/black pocket Viper's:
And here's a finished shot of the engine bay: