'64 Dart 270 Paint

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    Hey all, I've got my lovely 1964 Dart 270. The paint is largely in good condition, it's what I'd describe as maroon. I'm having a lot of trouble identifying it though, as it certainly seems period-correct, but not to be a standard paint from the manufacturer.

    Here's where it gets weird- the rear exterior door handles were removed and painted over. The vinyl inside coordinates with the paint, and the sterring wheel (both original). I have found no evidence in the cracking or chips of a different color paint underneath, so I'm quite confused.

    I suspect it might be "dark red iridescent" for the 880 from the time, but am not sure (source: 1964 Dodge Exterior Paint Chip Palette).

    At some point the front passenger quarter panel was repainted, as was the trunk. The paint there has slightly more eggshelling, and is a little more brown of a paint. It has the same sparkle to it, but just a little less deep and red than the rest of the body work.

    I'll add some pictures later!
     
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    Interior vinyls were made colored, not painted. Same for steering wheels.
     
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    Yeah that's what's interesting about the interior vinyl. It's a very similar maroon color to the paint. And the steering wheel color is the same as the paint. I'll check out the other paint samples you linked to
     
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    The paint you describe sounds like Royal Red Poly ("Poly" = metallic), fender tag paint code T, which for a '64 Dodge A- or B-body is Ditzler № 71355 (for a C-body 880, a slightly different deep metallic red was used for code-T, that was Dark Red Poly/71393).

    See here (page 2 has the interior paints).
     
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    • chinze57

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      When looking at the paint chips, I think dark red poly is the closest, but it still doesn't look quite right. I'm going to get on mobile so I can upload some photos of it. I used a small amount of dark red poly touch up paint and it is indeed slightly too red, but perhaps a few more coats, and some clear coat and then compound, polish, wax would hide it
       
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      Alright here are some photos. Those lighter red spots are where I tried to touch up. There was bare steel there left over from some grinding(?) from the previous owner that had been hidden by plasti-dip when I purchased it. The trunk has large sections, but the trunk had also been repainted a slightly more brown maroon than the rest of the car. So strange
      dart_270_no1.JPG dart_270_no2.JPG dart_270_no3.jpg
       
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      LOts of our old cars were restored or partially restored way back in the 90's that is 30 yrs ago!!
       
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      Yeah judging from the paint thickness on the trunk (some of it was ground down to bare steel, so i can see 2 different layers of paint and primer), at least two panels were "restored". The paint doesn't quite match. It's close, but there's a little less "sparkle" and a slightly more brown color. It took me months to notice, but it's definitely different.
       
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      Paint chips start out being an approximation because paper doesn't take paint like metal does, and then the paper and the paint on it age badly, like old colour photographs.

      (Also, painted sideview mirror = incorrect.)
       
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      Yeah the painted sideview looks wrong. It should be chrome, right?
       
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      Yup, the sideview mirror should be chrome.
       
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