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Powerflite
Posted 2019-05-15 3:17 PM (#582171)
Subject: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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Looking on the '58 DeSoto paint chips, there is only one yellow color on there listed for the non-Adventurer senior body cars, and it is called "Spanish Gold". But looking at original paint cars, they look more dingy yellow than gold, like the Fireflite in the picture below. But the brochure shows a much more vibrant gold color than this and the paint chips show something sort of in-between the two. Did the gold paint on these cars start out as this vibrant gold like in the brochure and fade to the dingy yellow that we now see, or was the brochure more of a false advertisement because they couldn't really create that color in paint at the time? Looking at hidden areas where the paint isn't usually faded, the color looks more like a dingy version of the sand dune yellow on the Firesweeps. What did this color look like when new?



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mstrug
Posted 2019-05-15 7:53 PM (#582177 - in reply to #582171)
Subject: Re: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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There is a pic in this thread you may want...


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Powerflite
Posted 2019-05-15 8:03 PM (#582178 - in reply to #582177)
Subject: Re: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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This is another good example. It seems all the original paint cars have this dingy yellow color, but one owner repainted his Adventurer more like the Spanish Gold in the brochure, instead of the Adventurer Gold.



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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2019-05-15 9:52 PM (#582183 - in reply to #582178)
Subject: Re: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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The Spanish Gold color is much like that of dijon mustard. It has a mild opalescence
to it, but looks nothing like the brochure photo above. The Firesweep photo above
captures it very well. It is quite striking, when combined with black or charcoal contrasting
paint.

Adventurer gold is just what one would expect. A metallic gold that was the same, or very
similar throughout the 56-59 run.
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scottbit
Posted 2019-05-15 10:55 PM (#582185 - in reply to #582171)
Subject: RE: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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here is one in Spanish gold



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Powerflite
Posted 2019-05-16 1:37 PM (#582196 - in reply to #582171)
Subject: Re: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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I can't say that I am thrilled with that color. Looks like baby poop yellow. I think the Sand Dune Yellow of the Firesweep or the Plymouth Sunflower Yellow are much better looking colors. Seeing that Firesweep in Spanish Gold, is it possible for Sweeps to get the other colors and for Domes & Flites getting Sweep colors?
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2019-05-17 12:06 AM (#582215 - in reply to #582196)
Subject: Re: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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Pretty much same colors, different names.

To my thinking, the uniquely late 50's colors have a special appeal. My forst FL car was
a 57 NY'er coupe in this color (I think it was called "champagne gold" when applied to
57 Chryslers ?). It had white on the roof and in the sweep, painted over the original
charcoal. I wet sended the with off and *wow* .... it was quite stunning. And different.
Not just another red or other common color.
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The Adventurer
Posted 2019-05-17 4:11 AM (#582220 - in reply to #582171)
Subject: RE: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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Nathan , i had the same dilemna , i hated the old gold look of Spanish gold and could not understand they didnt offer e apastel yellow in 58 Desoto Firedome and fireflites , so i hand mixed my own pastel yellow as you can see here .

Also is a pic of my car wearing its faded Spanish Gold . The firewall pic and door is my colour i made .

You can see a comparison on the hood/fender photo of how mustardy the original .

Note the mistake on my cowl take , 4 letters instead of 3 letters !



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miquelonbrad
Posted 2019-05-17 10:45 AM (#582227 - in reply to #582171)
Subject: RE: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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Here are some pics of the Canadian 1958 Domestic Exterior Colours chips...



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Powerflite
Posted 2019-05-17 3:21 PM (#582235 - in reply to #582171)
Subject: Re: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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I agree James, that pastel yellow looks much more appealing. Makes it a nice looking car like some of the '58 Plymouths with Sunflower Yellow I have seen.
Brad, that's a good example of my confusion, because all the paint chips show a completely different color - an actual gold color that's similar to the '57 Dodge Gallant Gold, but maybe a little more yellow to it. But it's clearly not the same color that is painted on any of the cars. It makes me wonder if they ran out of metal flake to put into it or something, and just gave up on it to save cost.
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Doctor DeSoto
Posted 2019-05-20 1:53 AM (#582306 - in reply to #582235)
Subject: Re: '58 DeSoto Gold Paint



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Sunshine Yellow is a very pretty pastel, and looks great on any of the FL cars. The "mustard"
yellow is so uniquely late 50's, ... like the pea soup and buzzard puke greens. To my thinking,
the more one can emphasize the late 50's "panache", the more I like it. Conversely, colors that
were available before and after the late 50's are more and more uninteresting-to-downright
unattractive, based on their level of overuse. As an example, I hate red cars. You could take
the nicest car, painted red, and I am simply turned off because of the color. Don't care how
great the car is in all other aspects. It's red. Let the B-J crowd have it. Not interested. Now
the same car, painted lilac or mustard yellow ? Now, we're cookin' with gas !
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