rear hatch plastic trim color?

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rear hatch plastic trim color?

Post by cars-guy » Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:40 pm

I'm about to finish up a restoration on a tercel and I can't find out what the correct color for the license plate/backup lamp trim piece. mine is a bit faded and it looks to be painted. on my last car i just painted it black and that looked fine but for this car id like it be the original color or close to it. anyone know what the original color is? best i can tell is its a medium-dark gray. maybe metallic as well? any help would be appreciated.

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Re: rear hatch plastic trim color?

Post by LowBuckCanuck » Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:19 pm

cars-guy wrote:
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:40 pm
I'm about to finish up a restoration on a tercel and I can't find out what the correct color for the license plate/backup lamp trim piece. mine is a bit faded and it looks to be painted. on my last car i just painted it black and that looked fine but for this car id like it be the original color or close to it. anyone know what the original color is? best i can tell is its a medium-dark gray. maybe metallic as well? any help would be appreciated.
It may not be exactly the answer you're looking for, but what I've done for my faded ATM is... black shoe polish. When you rub it on thin enough you retain the original colour (I would best describe it as charcoal) and get a really nice finish. Rain beads off of it very nicely and it looks no different than when I applied it about a year ago. Hope this helps.

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Re: rear hatch plastic trim color?

Post by Abletobecain » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:22 am

IDK...some of mine look black, some have a grey "trim ring" with the rest looking black-ish, and some are too faded to tell the damn difference. You could try to figure it out from looking at some vintage ads for the cars when they were new...or you could just ask Bryan Thompson.
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Re: rear hatch plastic trim color?

Post by NWMO » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:41 am

cars-guy,

I looked at some ads over lunch and I would suggest it is closer to black than gray, but it doesn't seem quite as dark as the rear bumper.
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Re: rear hatch plastic trim color?

Post by Petros » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:06 pm

it is a kind of charcoal grey, but perhaps not quite as dark. it is not black, but more of a dark grey.
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