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Tutone Paint help

I am looking to turn my 05 Silver into Tutone Pacific Blue upper, silver lower. I am looking for some detailed photos of certain areas(mostly around the retractable panels). If you have a tutone please let me know so I can tell you what I am looking for.
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What I have been told is the problem comes in where you decide to have the two colors come together. Like the firewall, door jams, flipper door etc. Might want to find a high end paint shop and get them involved. Sounds like you are doing some research already. Good luck.


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I have a factory blue over silver and the factory paintwork frankly was horrible regarding taping off the sections. My doorjams are full of overspray. The two tone on my truck was painted at least twice as there are dual ghost lines under the clear where they previously taped it off on the silver sections. It is not taped off remotely straight between the two colors. If I didn't know better, I would have thought it was NOT factory...but that's how they were done. About the quality of Maaco honestly regarding taping off. My hood hinges and the like always looked terrible...overspray galore. I even contacted the factory when I bought it and they verified they did it; they had alot of places on the two-tones that they spotted in and resprayed. The silver on the front fenders was so thick when rocks hit it it shattered like an eggshell. You couldn't even see the edges of the fender bolts...that's how thick it was. You can see areas on my tailgate for instance where they sanded dirt off the silver and then cleared it...but the sanding areas left little circles of scratches under the clear that you can see under the right light.

It used to bother me, but now I consider it GM character marks.

But getting to the point...if you're trying to do your truck "factory quality" it is very easy to achieve that; I'm sure yours will be MUCH better than factory because honestly if I brought my truck to a shop to have it painted and it came back how it was when new I would have flipped. The attention to detail and lack of straight taping lines is THAT bad.
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Well ggoat!!!, you've kind a taken the excitement out of having a factory two tone. It's sad that what most of us would consider a premium factory truck would have that level of workmanship. They do still look nice though.

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Rather then paint because of the cost and prep and permanency, lots of folks are going with a high end wrap. Even our police department is doing that. They used to buy two tone cars but they were hard to sell after they were done with them. Now they buy all black vehicles and put the white doors and other things on with a wrap. When done with them in a few years they pull all the wrap off and sell the all black cars very easily and get more money for them. Just an idea.
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Well ggoat!!!, you've kind a taken the excitement out of having a factory two tone. It's sad that what most of us would consider a premium factory truck would have that level of workmanship. They do still look nice though.

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Some I've seen are better than others. Most consider their trucks "good enough" but when you see how wavy the lines are between the two colors you'll understand. I actually put a 1/4" black pinstripe on mine between the colors to hide the bad uneven tape line. But, Eric removed it because he was going to paint the pinstripe for me...but that didn't happen.

Mine is worse than others since the silver was obviously repainted a few times on my truck...so there are alot of wavy ghost lines and such. I made a big thread about it in 2006 when such little things in life bothered me. After a brain tumor, not so much.

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While the blue over silver is stunning, silver over blue ain't exactly chopped liver.
Painting the top half with all the moving parts involved, is much more difficult and much more expensive. Much much more, so keep that in mind.
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While the blue over silver is stunning, silver over blue ain't exactly chopped liver.
Painting the top half with all the moving parts involved, is much more difficult and much more expensive. Much much more, so keep that in mind.
I'm with Bruce on this. If I ever had to get another SSR I'd get a silver one and paint the bottom half blue and leave the grille bars silver with stainless overlays. I'd leave the boards silver and paint the wheel inners blue (on chrome of course).

The only drawback to silver over blue compared to blue over silver is you lose the blue interior trim.
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Over the years there have been several threads by members discussing this topic. Here are a few:

https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f4/...e-ssr-s-75113/

https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f5/2-tone-owners-9259/

https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f5/...two-tone-9012/

One important suggestion if you plan to remove any of the roof panels, tonneau cover panel or the small flipper panel is to match mark each of these in their as-installed positions before removal to preclude adjustment headaches upon reinstallation.
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Over the years there have been several threads by members discussing this topic. Here are a few:

https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f4/...e-ssr-s-75113/

https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f5/2-tone-owners-9259/

https://www.ssrfanatic.com/forum/f5/...two-tone-9012/

One important suggestion if you plan to remove any of the roof panels, tonneau cover panel or the small flipper panel is to match mark each of these in their as-installed positions before removal to preclude adjustment headaches upon reinstallation.

That is why it is easier to paint the bottom or buy one already done. You skip all that. If you think about it in the past almost all the two-tones had the lighter color on top and the darker color on the bottom and near the ground. Just seems that way. Look at xoxoxoBruce as a good example. Love the way his turned out. Just a suggestion.


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All, thank you for all the advice. I Wil deffinatley take it all under consideration. I have a really good painter lined up who has already taken a look at it and understands all the pieces. I ha e also considered the vinyl, so if anyone has the entire top done with vinyl, I would like to know how it is holding up.
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