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i'm looking for any suggestions, do's/do nots etc, on getting a honda insight repainted. I'm having a bit of minor body work done and have always wanted something different from silver. figure now is the time.. It's a silver insight and i'm considering going either white or black.

any input from the list?

thanks!
 

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same boat here. i have a silver one and it too needs body work. i think white would look nice with some graphics, but i really like the blue that honda uses on the later insights.

andy g.
 

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Getting the engine compartment painted will be the hardest part as there is a lot of stuff mounted on the inner fenders. I think it could be done with just moving some stuff out of the way and not having to actually remove too much, and certainly not the engine. Black deffinitely looks nice, but you should consider how much time your willing to spend on it if you want it to look nice. Also black will attract extra heat durring the summer so consider that as well..

White on the other hand is the polar opposite, lowest heat color there is and looks almost as clean as beige no even when dirty.

Me personally, I'd go with something like a real lime green, more green than Citrus yellow is. I guess it all depends on how much of a "look at me" color you want.
 

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I'd love to have a champaigne gold metallic....make it look classy...especially with the black trim.

Do these things require special paint jobs...where they can't be put in the oven and such?
 

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Whoever does the body work, just make sure they're aware that the aluminum body panels of the Insight need special attention in regard to making sure the primer/paint sticks correctly.

In saying the above I'm presuming that the body work will probably expose bare aluminum, in which case it will need a primer compatible with aluminum surfaces.

Most body shops are aware of this, but it never hurts to check. Enjoy your new paint.
 

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2hybrids said:
Do these things require special paint jobs...where they can't be put in the oven and such?
Its not required, but you do get a "better" final product.

Just remember that the IMA battery pack should be _removed_ from the car prior to baking. Although the door jamb sticker says its ok to bake up to 150F. But I'd rather be safe than sorry :!:

HTH! :)
 
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