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Restoration Detailing Colors


I am restoring a couple of older cars. 1st is a 1967 Mustang GTA and the 2nd is a 1970 'Cuda. The detailing books list different color patterns for the under hood items such as: Cadmium, Gold Cadmium, Red Cadmium, Zinc Cadmium, Silver Cadmium, Zinc Phosphate, Phosphate & Oil, Dichromate, Zinc Dichromate, and Red Zinc Dichromate.

I am on an extreme budget and have no intentions of entering the vehicles in concours shows but I would like to have the vehicles restored absolutely as close as original. I know that Eastwood Co. offers paints to match colors such as Gold Cadmium and Silver Cadmium but I can find nothing on the other colors. These are very confusing as to what they should look like.

Is there anything on the marlet aside from expensive plating processes that I can apply myself.

Thank you for any consideration that you can provide to my question

Ken Shaffer
Charleston, West Virginia


Unfortunately, no paint looks like plating. Nothing that is easily applied and cheap looks like the real plate. But for colors,
Cadmium-is a matte or bright white somewhat like a new dime
Gold cadmium- a semi matte mid yellow to a mild old gold color, frequently with a little iridescence.
Red Cadmium- is a dye,varies from a fire engine red to a bright purplish red.
Zinc Cadmium- No Idea
Silver cadmium- a very bright new dime
Zinc phosphate- a matte to smooth light to mid grey.
Phosphate and oil- same as above but with an oily look
Dichromate and zinc dichromate are the same as gold cadmium
Red Zinc dichromate is the same as red cadmium

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida

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