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This is a discussion on Leave paint semi gloss black or clear it? within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; so the hood was painted tonight but I'm not sure if I like the look of the semi gloss black. ...

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    Leave paint semi gloss black or clear it?

    so the hood was painted tonight but I'm not sure if I like the look of the semi gloss black. Should I have it cleared or leave it the way it is. I am planning on painting the Berger panel as well in the same paint scheme. I just dunno what to do.



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    Clear it, so it will match the grille. It doesn't look sharp as is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Clear it, so it will match the grille. It doesn't look sharp as is.
    that is exactly what I was thinking ha im just afraid the guy is going to freak out with me...will he be able to clear it as is or start all over? and what would you do with the Berger?

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    im painting my hood the same way in a few weeks and i would also have to say go with clear for the hood, but for the berger i would go semi/matte/flat for that...thats what i did and i know that y2k has the semi/matte/flat black berger as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2001camaroSS View Post
    that is exactly what I was thinking ha im just afraid the guy is going to freak out with me...will he be able to clear it as is or start all over? and what would you do with the Berger?
    Quote Originally Posted by Z28boy2000 View Post
    im painting my hood the same way in a few weeks and i would also have to say go with clear for the hood, but for the berger i would go semi/matte/flat for that...that what i did and i know that y2k has the semi/matte/flat black berger as well
    Correct on the flat black Berger panel. Its the only piece of my black that is not gloss/cleared, but the Berger panel in true form is flat/matte black. I wanted mine that way. But if you go with the gloss black look on the Berger panel, it really pops. I don't think you will be disappointed with either on the Berger.

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    I don't know if it's me, but the Berger makes the rear of the Camaro look more aggressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    I don't know if it's me, but the Berger makes the rear of the Camaro look more aggressive.
    i totally agree with you on that one. there's just something about it

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    I honestly like the semi gloss look, it's different (and in a good way). I think that in all honesty thats what everyone goes for but few ever find...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
    Correct on the flat black Berger panel. Its the only piece of my black that is not gloss/cleared, but the Berger panel in true form is flat/matte black. I wanted mine that way. But if you go with the gloss black look on the Berger panel, it really pops. I don't think you will be disappointed with either on the Berger.
    yea I'm back and forth on it. its like if the hood should be cleared everything should be but at the same time I'm torn for the the flat/matte black look

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    I don't know if it's me, but the Berger makes the rear of the Camaro look more aggressive.
    Not just you...
    Quote Originally Posted by 2001camaroSS View Post
    yea I'm back and forth on it. its like if the hood should be cleared everything should be but at the same time I'm torn for the the flat/matte black look
    Why don't you wait until you have the berger panel done. Keep them both matt for a while and see how you like it. You can always do a clear later on.

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    Why don't you wait until you have the berger panel done. Keep them both matt for a while and see how you like it. You can always do a clear later on.[/QUOTE]

    the problem is I'm an absolute perfectionist hah...I want it to be as perfect as soon as possible and the guy that does the paint work is always extremely busy so its like now or wait forever

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    Quote Originally Posted by cammed goat View Post
    I don't know if it's me, but the Berger makes the rear of the Camaro look more aggressive.
    The Berger panel on pewter/silver/white really does add an aggressive look. Its not just you.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2001camaroSS View Post
    yea I'm back and forth on it. its like if the hood should be cleared everything should be but at the same time I'm torn for the the flat/matte black look
    I read you like a book, because you are just like me. Get the hood cleared, you are not and are not going to be happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2001camaroSS View Post

    the problem is I'm an absolute perfectionist hah...I want it to be as perfect as soon as possible and the guy that does the paint work is always extremely busy so its like now or wait forever
    Well then, you have quite the conondrome don't you

    Personally, I think matching matt finish up front and in the rear would look good.

    Are you doing the stripe all the way back also, or just the Manta on the hood?

    Either way, it's going to look great.

    I got the decal for my hood so I could check it out for a while before committing to paint. I tried putting it on last weekend and ended up tearing it. That's what I get for getting a lessor quality decal instead of vinyl And, next time I'll pay someone to do it

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    It seems that I am the only one who thinks it looks great just the way it is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    Well then, you have quite the conondrome don't you

    Personally, I think matching matt finish up front and in the rear would look good.

    Are you doing the stripe all the way back also, or just the Manta on the hood?

    Either way, it's going to look great.

    I got the decal for my hood so I could check it out for a while before committing to paint. I tried putting it on last weekend and ended up tearing it. That's what I get for getting a lessor quality decal instead of vinyl And, next time I'll pay someone to do it
    I am just getting it done on the hood...im considering clearing both the hood and the berger panel but I'm waiting on better pictures from the guy that painted it

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    [/QUOTE]I read you like a book, because you are just like me. Get the hood cleared, you are not and are not going to be happy with it.[/QUOTE]

    Yes, yes you did. We seem to have a very similar taste when it comes to our pewter Camaros hah. I just hope the painter doesn't want to wring my neck when I tell him I want to change it.
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    Looks awesome but I say clear it. It will flow with the front that is also gloss/cleared. Car looks sweet BTW!

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    You know, I think Preston is right. With the grille, having it cleared would look better

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    Quote Originally Posted by KahanaReef View Post
    You know, I think Preston is right. With the grille, having it cleared would look better
    i agree but i have to ask this. what if i painted the nose piece flat to match? it would be cool to do something different

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