Lower Trim Paint

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Lower Trim Paint

Postby ricardocordoba » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:55 pm

Regarding the lower trim paint, I'm looking to touch-up the bumpers and potentially the lower area of the car. I have the paint code for the gray color and was just wondering if these cars with the gray ever had clear coat over the lower areas? It's hard to see from some photos I've seen and it looks like flat or base coat of gray was painted in lower portion of these cars when new. Just looking to clarify if I should just spray a base coat on the bottom/cladding? I'm afraid if I do a base/clear coat then it may be too shiny or glossy compared to what the factory sprayed.
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Re: Lower Trim Paint

Postby CDW6212R » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:17 pm

It definitely had clear over all painted surfaces. Base coat is dead flat, and has no protective qualities. It's rough and you'd notice it immediately without any clear over it.

I'm not sure if the Lincolns had it, but many cars commonly have the lower rocker area painted with an additive that makes it thicker and not smooth. I've seen it added in body shops, and it's just another ingredient they can add to the paint they put below the belt line. It helps very slightly to absorb impacts from stones, it basically makes the paint more flexible. I'm not thrilled with the texture(like very very bad orange peel), I prefer thicker paint layers or the flexible additive used on plastic bumpers etc.
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Re: Lower Trim Paint

Postby ricardocordoba » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:22 am

Thank you. That helps me out a lot as the pictures made it seem kind of dull but, now I have my answer. Thank you again.
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Re: Lower Trim Paint

Postby mikeceli » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:23 pm

On my '88 LSC I searched for the correct lower trim paint color and sheen, with negative results.

I bought and sprayed the correct shade of primer, and top-coated it w/ satin clear.(rattle cans all) It looks perfect. I do not recall brands, maybe a search here might located it it one of my old posts.
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Re: Lower Trim Paint

Postby ricardocordoba » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:19 am

mikeceli wrote:On my '88 LSC I searched for the correct lower trim paint color and sheen, with negative results.

I bought and sprayed the correct shade of primer, and top-coated it w/ satin clear.(rattle cans all) It looks perfect. I do not recall brands, maybe a search here might located it it one of my old posts.


I'm having this paint mixed for the application so I'd like to think I will be okay. The code I got off my 1991 LSC is 7Z (Dark Grey Cladding). I'll post here with the results rather good or bad. But, thank you for giving me another idea should this not work out.
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Re: Lower Trim Paint

Postby 2manymarks » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:33 am

FWIW, All OEM LSC Models had the 7Z paint on the bottom sides of the cars. The Base, Designer and Special Editions did not come with it. 8-)
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Re: Lower Trim Paint

Postby ricardocordoba » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:27 pm

Thank you for clarifying that information. I just wanted to share the paint code so mikeceli has the code on hand for future reference.
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Re: Lower Trim Paint

Postby oldschool1 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:39 am

2manymarks wrote:FWIW, All OEM LSC Models had the 7Z paint on the bottom sides of the cars. The Base, Designer and Special Editions did not come with it. 8-)

Jerry beat me too it.
My 1990 Lincoln Mark VII LSC (repainted one color in 2002) and my 1990 Lincoln Mark VII LSC SE (off site) would be of no help at this point. My 1988 Lincoln Mark VII LSC has a mat finish in 7Z way below the belt as Jerry pointed out.
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Re: Lower Trim Paint

Postby ricardocordoba » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:36 am

Thank you oldschool1. Slowly starting to do some work and plan out things for the Mark VII.
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