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Breaking the Neutral Paint Mold

The majority of luxury vehicles you see on the road are most likely not hotrod red or neon orange. They’re timeless hues of “diamond,” “titanium silver,” and “Tahitian pearl” – in other words, white, gray, and black. Neutral paint colors are a safe bet, because car owners assume they retain the highest resale values. New studies, however, suggest otherwise.

Neutrals Never Go Out of Style

For years, neutral paint colors have been the top choice for luxury vehicle owners around the world. They’re sophisticated, elegant, and attractive to a wide range of people. Upon resale, there’s no danger of a neutral color offending someone or causing a buyer to find fault in the paint color. Whites, grays, and blacks are appropriate for every venue, with silver remaining the color of choice for luxury vehicles.

Car color trends change more slowly than trends in clothing or other consumer goods. Cars typically flip every several years as opposed to every season. Therefore, paint color is critical at the time of purchase. Choosing colors such as green or yellow runs the risk of going out of style in the next six or seven years – ultimately costing the buyer. Neutral colors are calm and luxurious, landing them the top spot throughout history.

The right car color can be just as important to buyers as the price or vehicle options. Neutral colors will always be attractive, especially with the new appeal of “technological” colors such as silver. Though opting for trendy colors may feel like an unnecessary risk, moving outside the box does have benefits.

Disproving the Stigma Surrounding Colorful Cars

While the popularity of neutral colors remains undisputed, it may surprise luxury car connoisseurs to learn that colorful cars do not lose their resale value. In fact, according to an analysis of more than 20 million used car listings, yellow, orange, teal, and green may actually have higher resale values than neutral-colored cars. While white or silver cars may sell faster, they don’t always sell for as high a price as eye-popping colors.

According to the study, the average depreciation rate for vehicles of any color is 33.6%. Black vehicles came higher than the average at 34.4%, along with gray at 34.2%, and white at 33.7%. Silver, although the most popular color, has a depreciation rate of 34%. Attention-grabbing hues, on the other hand, came in with significantly lower depreciation rates. Yellow had the lowest rate at 26.2%, followed by orange at 27.6% and green at 31.3%. Teal, red, beige, brown, and gold were also below the average.

The result of this study may come as a shock to many owners who have believed for years that neutral-colored luxury cars are the safest purchase. Used car buyers may be more inclined to spend their money on vehicles that attract attention with loud colors versus vehicles that blend in. Or perhaps it’s due to a larger pool of buyers who desire unconventional colors instead of the more commonly found neutral variety. Whatever the reason, it’s safe to say that the stigma surrounding colorful cars is officially broken.

Benefits of Colorful Paint Colors

Not only do owners no longer have to worry about losing resale value with colorful cars, but they can also enjoy additional perks. The color of your car can express how you perceive yourself and even affect your mood. Bold colors such as yellow and red produce feelings of adrenaline, while colors like teal or green boost performance aesthetic. Shades of white, such as pearl, cream, and “diamond,” won’t be going anywhere soon. They produce feelings of timelessness and freshness.

Drivers will choose a color based on current trends and their own feelings – leaving room for vehicles in every shade. Choosing a color like yellow can separate your luxury vehicle from the pack and prove a better investment than a neutral color over time. A custom paint job can boost the resale value of a vehicle and target a younger, trendier buyer demographic. The best custom paint jobs use well-engineered additives to ensure optimal versatility for any application. Custom paint jobs can translate to brighter hues that make bold statements, or you can choose classic colors that will never fall out of style.

Silvers and grays are at the top of current paint color trends, representing the modern world’s obsession with technology. However, colors such as blue, red, and gold still have their own place in today’s luxury vehicle marketplace. Black has fallen out of favor in recent years in exchange for tones of white, which have become increasingly popular. Depreciation rates of different colors change from year to year. It’s safe to say neutral tones aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, but brightly colored vehicles are certainly holding their own.

Customer Rides, Team Smokin’NTheDark Is Hot!

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UreKem Candy Apple Red Custom Painted BBQ

Awesome BBQ from Team Smokin’NTheDark Painted with the UreKem Candy Apple Red Custom Automotive Paint

UreKem Candy Apple Red Custom Painted BBQ

Awesome BBQ from Team Smokin’NTheDark Painted with the UreKem Candy Apple Red Custom Automotive Paint

UreKem Candy Apple Red Custom Painted BBQ

Awesome BBQ from Team Smokin’NTheDark Painted with the UreKem Candy Apple Red Custom Automotive Paint

UreKem Candy Apple Red Custom Painted BBQ

Awesome BBQ from Team Smokin’NTheDark Painted with the UreKem Candy Apple Red Custom Automotive Paint


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1968 Chevrolet Camaro Car Paint Colors

The 1968 Camaro didn’t stray much from the 1967 Camaro design. Primarily, the side vents were removed and replaced with a fresh-air-inlet system called “Astro Ventilation”.

In 1968, the government started required side marker lights, so Chevrolet added side markers to the front and rear fenders to be fully compliant. The grill was more pointed and the taillights were divided.

A little over 76,000 1968 Camaro’s were produced.

Code Name Color Chip
D Grotto Blue Poly. 1968-Camaro-DD-Grotto-Blue-Poly
E Fathom Blue Poly. 1968-Camaro-EE-Fathom-Blue-Poly
F Island Teal Poly. 1968-Camaro-FF-Island-Teal-Poly
G Ash Gold Poly. 1968-Camaro-GG-Ash-Gold-Poly
H Grecian Green Poly. 1968-Camaro-HH-Grecian-Green-Poly
J Rallye Green Poly. 1968-Camaro-JJ-Rallye-Green-Poly
K Tripoli Turquoise Poly. 1968-Camaro-KK-Tripoli-Turquoise-Poly
L Teal Blue Poly. 1968-Camaro-LL-Teal-Blue-Poly
N Cordovan Maroon Poly. 1968-Camaro-NN-Cordovan-Maroon-Poly
O Corvette Bronze Poly. No-Paint-Chip
P Seafrost Green Poly. 1968-Camaro-PP-Seafrost-Green-Poly
U LeMans Blue Poly. No-Paint-Chip
V Sequoia Green Poly. 1968-Camaro-VV-Sequoia-Green-Poly
Z British Green Poly. No-Paint-Chip

* Poly. is another way of saying Metallic

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Factory Car Paint Color Chart
1968-Chevrolet-Camaro-Factory-Paint-Chip-Chart-500px-Wide

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1965 Ford Mustang Car Paint Colors

The 1965 Ford Mustang, also known as the 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang, was introduced five months before the 1965 production year.

The U-Code / Low End 1965 Ford Mustang had a 170 cu in (2.8 L) Straight-6 engine which was taken from the 1964 Ford Falcon and was mated to a 3-Speed manual transmission.

The 1965 Ford Mustang sold for around $2,350.

Code Name Color Chip
3 Poppy Red 1965-Ford-Mustang-3-Poppy-Red
5 Twilight Turquoise Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-5-Twilight-Turquoise-Poly
7 Phoenician Yellow 1965-Ford-Mustang-7-Phoenician-Yellow
8 Springtime Yellow 1965-Ford-Mustang-8-Springtime-Yellow
A Raven Black No-Paint-Chip
C Honey Gold Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-C-Honey-Gold-Poly
D Dynasty Green Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-D-Dynasty-Green-Poly
F Arcadian Blue 1965-Ford-Mustang-F-Arcardian-Blue
H Caspian Blue Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-H-Caspian-Blue-Poly
I Champagne Beige Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-I-Champagne-Beige-Poly
J Rangoon Red 1965-Ford-Mustang-J-Rangoon-Red
K Silver Smoke Gray Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-K-Silver-Smoke-Gray-Poly
M Wimbledon White 1965-Ford-Mustang-M-Wimbledon-White
O Tropical Turquoise 1965-Ford-Mustang-O-Tropical-Turquoise
P Prairie Bronze Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-P-Prairie-Bronze-Poly
R Ivy Green Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-R-Ivy-Green-Poly
X Vintage Burgundy Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-X-Vintage-Burgundy-Poly
Y Silver Blue Poly. 1965-Ford-Mustang-Y-Silver-Blue-Poly

* Poly. is another way of saying Metallic

1965 Ford Mustang Factory Car Paint Color Chart1965-Ford-Mustang-Factory-Paint-Chip-Chart-500px-Wide

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1971 Ford Mustang Car Paint Colors

The 1971 Ford Mustang was introduced to the public in 1970 under the approval of the former General Motors President, Semon Knudsen.

The 1971 Ford Mustang grew by threw inches to hold the 429 big block. The 429 big block was a 7.0L V8 that put out 375bhp @ 5200 RPM and 450 ft. lb of torque at 3,400 RPM. It was a beast, and meant to be driven fast.

The 1971 Ford Mustang was available as a hardtop, a sportsroof or convertible package.

Code Name Color Chip
2 Medium Bright Yellow 1971-Ford-Mustang-2-Medium-Bright-Yellow
3 Bright Red (Pinto Red) 1971-Ford-Mustang-3-Bright-Red-Pinto-Red
4 Bright Lime 1971-Ford-Mustang-4-Medium-Lime
5 Medium Brown Poly. 1971-Ford-Mustang-5-Medium-Brown-Poly
6 Acapulco Blue Poly. 1971-Ford-Mustang-6-Acapulco-Blue-Poly
7 Maroon 1971-Ford-Mustang-7-Maroon
8 Morning Gold 1971-Ford-Mustang-8-Morning-Gold
A Raven Black No-Paint-Chip
B Maroon Poly. 1971-Ford-Mustang-B-Maroon-Poly
C Dark Green Poly. 1971-Ford-Mustang-C-Dark-Green-Poly
D Grabber Yellow 1971-Ford-Mustang-D-Grabber-Yellow-Pinto-Yellow
E Medium Yellow Gold (Pinto Gold) 1971-Ford-Mustang-E-Medium-Yellow-Gold-Pinto-Gold
I Grabber Lime 1971-Ford-Mustang-I-Grabber-Lime-Pinto-Lime
J Grabber Blue 1971-Ford-Mustang-J-Grabber-Blue-Pinto-Blue
M Wimbledon White 1971-Ford-Mustang-M-Wimbledon-White
N Pastel Blue 1971-Ford-Mustang-N-Pastel-Blue
P Medium Green Poly. 1971-Ford-Mustang-P-Medium-Green-Poly
V Light Pewter Poly. 1971-Ford-Mustang-V-Light-Pewter-Poly
Z Grabber Green Poly. 1971-Ford-Mustang-Z-Grabber-Green-Poly

* Poly. is another way of saying Metallic

1971 Ford Mustang Factory Car Paint Color Chart1971-Ford-Mustang-Factory-Paint-Chip-Chart-500px-Wide

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1969 Ford Mustang Car Paint Colors

The 1969 Ford Mustang grew up a little by lengthening the body by almost four inches and adding an extra half-inch the the body’s width.

1969 was the first year that the Mach 1 was introduced to the Ford Mustang lineup. The 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 has a truly functional “shaker” hood scoop, along with a tail-mounted wing and chin spoilers.

The 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 was very popular with more than 72,000 cars being sold in 1969 alone.

Code Name Color Chip
2 New Lime 1969-Ford-Mustang-2-New-Lime
3 Calypso Coral (Thanks Vermillion) 1969-Ford-Mustang-3-Thanks-Vermillion
4 Silver Jade Poly. 1969-Ford-Mustang-4-Silver-Jade-Poly
5 Sage Bronze 1969-Ford-Mustang-5-Sage-Bronze
6 Acapulco Blue Poly. 1969-Ford-Mustang-6-Acapulco-Blue-Poly-Hulla-Blue-Poly
9 Bright Yellow (Grabber Yellow) 1969-Ford-Mustang-9-Yellow
A Raven Black
B Royal Maroon 1969-Ford-Mustang-B-Royal-Maroon
C Black Jade Poly. 1969-Ford-Mustang-C-Black-Jade-Poly
D Pastel Gray 1969-Ford-Mustang-D-Pastel-Gray
E Aztec Aqua 1969-Ford-Mustang-E-Aztec-Aqua
F Gulfstream Aqua Poly. 1969-Ford-Mustang-F-Gulfstream-Aqua-Poly
I Lime Gold 1969-Ford-Mustang-I-Lime-Gold-Poly
J Grabber Blue
K Freudian Gilt Poly. 1969-Ford-Mustang-K-Freudian-Gilt-Poly
M Wimbeldon White 1969-Ford-Mustang-M-Wimbeldon-White
P Winter Blue Poly. 1969-Ford-Mustang-P-Winter-Blue-Poly
S Champagne Gold Poly. 1969-Ford-Mustang-S-Champagne-Gold-Poly
T Candy Apple Red 1969-Ford-Mustang-T-Candy-Apple-Red
U Grabber Orange
W Meadowlark Yellow 1969-Ford-Mustang-W-Meadowlark-Yellow
Y Indian Fire Red Poly. 1969-Ford-Mustang-Y-Indian-Fire-Poly-Original-Cinnamon-Poly
Z Grabber Green

* Poly. is another way of saying Metallic

1969 Ford Mustang Factory Car Paint Color Chart1969-Ford-Mustang-Factory-Paint-Chip-Chart-500px-Wide

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1968 Dodge Charger Car Paint Colors

The second generation, 1968 Dodge Charger (B-Body) was fully redesigned to separate it from the Dodge Coronet models.

The 1968 Dodge Charger came with a 5.2L, 318 cu. in engine until later in the year when a 3.7L, 225 cu. in engine became available. Additionally, Dodge introduced a high performance packaged, dubbed the R/T which stands for Road/Track. The R/T package came fully equipped with a 440 Magnum engine with an optional upgrade to the 426 Hemi.

The 1968 Dodge Charger sold more than 96,000 units in 1968, with more than 17,000 being the R/T package.

Code Name Color Chip
33 Charger Red (Bright Red) 1968-Dodge-Charger-33-Bright-Red
66 Dark Green Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-66-Dark-Green-Poly
A Silver Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-A-Silver-Poly
B Black
C Medium Blue Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-C-Medium-Blue-Poly
D Pale Blue Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-D-Pale-Blue-Poly
E Dark Blue Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-E-Dark-Blue-Poly
F Light Green Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-F-Light-Green-Poly
G Racing Green Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-G-Racing-Green-Poly
H Light Gold 1968-Dodge-Charger-H-Light-Gold
J Medium Gold Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-J-Medium-Gold-Poly
K Light Turquoise Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-K-Light-Turquoise-Poly
L Medium Dark Turquoise Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-L-Medium-Dark-Turquoise-Poly
M Bronze Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-M-Bronze-Poly
P Red 1968-Dodge-Charger-P-Red
Q Bright Blue Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-Q-Bright-Blue-Poly
R Burgundy Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-R-Burgundy-Poly
S Yellow 1968-Dodge-Charger-S-Yellow
T Medium Green Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-T-Medium-Green-Poly
U Light Blue Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-U-Light-Blue-Poly
W White 1968-Dodge-Charger-W-White
X Beige 1968-Dodge-Charger-X-Beige
Y Medium Tan Poly. 1968-Dodge-Charger-Y-Medium-Tan-Poly

* Poly. is another way of saying Metallic

1968 Dodge Charger Factory Car Paint Color Chart1968-Dodge-Charger-Factory-Paint-Chip-Chart-500px-Wide

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1968 Ford Mustang Car Paint Colors

The 1967/1968 Ford Mustang was Ford’s first redesign from their original Ford Mustang. The biggest change for the Ford Mustang was switch from a smaller block engine to a big-block V8.

Overall, the 1968 Ford Mustang was stretched out and widened from it’s first generation predecessor. Above that, the “Pony” interior was switched out with a newer, “Deluxe” interior package.

The 1968 Ford Mustang gained a lot of popularity and following after being showcased in the “Bullitt”; the vehicle driven by Steve McQueen was a highly modified 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback.

Code Name Color Chip
6 Pebble Beige 1968-Ford-Mustang-6-Pebble-Beige
A Raven Black
B Royal Maroon 1968-Ford-Mustang-B-Royal-Maroon
D Acapulco Blue Poly. 1968-Ford-Mustang-D-Acapulco-Blue-Poly
F Gulfstream Aqua Poly. 1968-Ford-Mustang-F-Gulfstream-Aqua-Poly
I Lime Gold Poly. 1968-Ford-Mustang-I-Lime-Gold-Poly
M Wimbeldon White 1968-Ford-Mustang-M-Wimbledon-White
N Diamond Blue 1968-Ford-Mustang-N-Diamond-Blue
O Seafoam Green 1968-Ford-Mustang-O-Sea-Foam-Green
Q Brittany Blue Poly. 1968-Ford-Mustang-Q-Brittany-Blue-Poly
R Highland Green Poly. 1968-Ford-Mustang-R-Highland-Green-Poly
T Candy Apple Red 1968-Ford-Mustang-T-Candy-Apple-Red
U Tahoe Turquoise Poly. 1968-Ford-Mustang-U-Tahoe-Turquoise-Poly
W Meadowlark Yellow 1968-Ford-Mustang-W-Meadowlark-Yellow
X Presidential Blue Poly. 1968-Ford-Mustang-X-Presidential-Blue-Poly
Y Sunlit Gold Poly. 1968-Ford-Mustang-Y-Sunlit-Gold-Poly

* Poly. is another way of saying Metallic

1968 Ford Mustang Factory Car Paint Color Chart1968-Ford-Mustang-Factory-Paint-Chip-Chart-500px-Wide

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1967 Ford Mustang Car Paint Colors

The 1967/1968 Ford Mustang was Ford’s first redesign from their original Ford Mustang. The biggest change for the Ford Mustang was switch from a smaller block engine to a big-block V8.

Overall, the 1967 Ford Mustang was stretched out and widened from it’s first generation predecessor. Above that, the “Pony” interior was switched out with a newer, “Deluxe” interior package.

Code Name Color Chip
1 Bronze [Shelby Only Color] No-Paint-Chip
2 Dark Blue [Shelby Only Color] No-Paint-Chip
4 Silver Frost Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-4-Silver-Frost-Poly
6 Pebble Beige 1967-Ford-Mustang-6-Pebble-Beige
6 Medium Gray [Shelby Only Color] No-Paint-Chip
8 Springtime Yellow 1967-Ford-Mustang-8-Springtime-Yellow
A Raven Black 1967-Ford-Mustang-A-Raven-Black
B Frost Turquoise 1967-Ford-Mustang-B-Frost-Turquoise
D Acapulco Blue Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-D-Acapulco-Blue-Poly
E Beige Mist Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-E-Beige-Mist-Poly
F Arcadian Blue
H Diamond Green [Special Order Color] No-Paint-Chip
I Lime Green Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-I-Lime-Gold-Poly
K Nightmist Blue Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-K-Nightmist-Blue-Poly
M Wimbledon White 1967-Ford-Mustang-M-Wimbledon-White
N Diamond Blue [Special Order Color]
Q Brittany Blue Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-Q-Brittany-Blue-Poly
S Dusk Rose [Special Order Color] No-Paint-Chip
T Candy Apply Red 1967-Ford-Mustang-T-Candy-Apple-Red
V Burnt Amber Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-V-Burnt-Amber-Poly
W Clearwater Aqua Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-V-Clearwater-Aqua-Poly
X Vintage Burgundy Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-X-Vintage-Burgundy-Poly
Y Dark Moss Green Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-X-Dark-Moss-Green-Poly
Z Sauterne Gold Poly. 1967-Ford-Mustang-Z-Sauterne-Gold-Poly

* Poly. is another way of saying Metallic

1967 Ford Mustang Factory Car Paint Color Chart1967-Ford-Mustang-Factory-Paint-Chip-Chart-500px-Wide

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