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1955 Grill Bar Color Match


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Looking to clean up the red, white, blue and black emblem on the grill bar ornament. Has a couple of chips in it and is a little faded - chrome is still good - no pits or scratches. On last rechrome, I just painted right over the chrome with something close (I think I used Testors model paints??!!) about 20 years ago - Would like to get it right this time. <P>Does anyone know the correct color match and have a preferred way to repaint a piece like this? I've an airbrush outfit, some good artists brushes and lots of patience. <P>BTW - does anyone have any leads on where I can find an NOS or repro trunk plastic with no checks/hazing in it? Drop me an e-mail if so. Tried CARS, Buick Specialists, Bobs -still looking. <P>thanks in advance<p>[ 02-05-2002: Message edited by: KAD36 ]

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To address the exact color issue of the '55 grille bar medallion, I have never seen any paint numbers or codes for the red/white/blue that was used. Other than the color of the car, the only other reference to colors has been for the optional Cherokee Red painted wheels. Going by memory of a NOS medallion, the red is a vivid blood red, the blue is a medium blue, and the white is closer to an Arctic White, as compared to a white that has some yellow in it. The colors of the United States flag should be a very close match.<BR>Does anyone else have any paint numbers for these colors?<BR>Remember that normal production tolerances may result in slight color shade variations.<P>AK Buickman, BCA #1955<BR>'55 76R

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Thanks for the reply AK. Not too many takers on this post. I searched the site prior to the post and didn't see anything. If no other leads, I guess I will match up paint to "Old Glory". When I painted this before the red I picked was more of a burgandy and the blue more of a midnight blue.<P>Is the correct emblem finish gloss, satin or semi? Whats your opinion on just painting over the chrome - should I wet sand a little and prime the areas to paint to give it some bite? It never really stuck so good to the chrome. <P>Willie/Scott - either of you guys with 55's have any suggestions?

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Paint does not stick too well to chrome plating. If the chrome is roughened-up with fine sandpaper, the scratch marks will show under the paint. From my experience, just repaint the part when needed. I have to repaint the red/white/blue on the stainless steel spinner medallions on the wire wheels on my '55 as the paint flakes off. The factory paint always seems to have stuck on the chrome better than a repaint, but I do not have an answer why. Was the paint baked-on???<P>AK Buickman, BCA #1955

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While we are on the subject of grille bars, has anyone sen the grille bar that has a Buick crest in the center? I have one with a Buick crest and one without.I remember the Buick Bugle in the mid 80's having a photo of one with the crest and asking if anyone had seen one? I found one on a Century in a salvage yard and bought it. Anyone know anything about it?

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I have a Canadian '55 Special (Oshawa, Ontario plant) and the grill bar has the red/white/blue - no crest. By the way when I restored the car twenty some years ago I used Testors Model paint too. Worked darn well - better than the paint on the body.

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The small Buick crest in the center of the medallion on the grille bar was apparently only on the early '55 models. The only factory documentation that I own to support this are 8"X10" black and white photographs (not artists drawings) of the yet to be introduced 1955 Buicks, in a BMD press release packet. The quality of these 8"X10" photographs is superb, and ALL front views of the new '55 Buicks show this little Buick crest in the center of the grille medallion. If my memory serves me correct, there is also a little round dot above the Buick crest. The crest makes sense, but the dot does not. <BR>I don't know how long this medallion was used for during production, but I would guess it was not for long, judging by the small number of these medallions seen on '55's.<P>AK Buickman, BCA #1955<BR>1955 76R

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I own 2 NOS 1955 Grille Bars. If you would like, I will e-mail close ups to you upon<BR>your request. I have a pretty elaborate digital camera so they will be as clear as a bell. Testors Model Paint seems to be the best for me. Also Krylon "spray bombs" are very good for color match. Greg...NEW1966

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AK Buickman, there is a dot above the Buick crest on my bar. But to add another comment, the car I took the bar from was built at Arlington Texas like my car was, but it was produced after mine as my car was in the first 10,000 built at that plant. At one time I had the VIN of that other car but in three moves I lost track of it. Just another<BR>small mystery.

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AK Buickman, there is a dot above the Buick crest on my bar. But to add another comment, the car I took the bar from was built at Arlington Texas like my car was, but it was produced after mine as my car was in the first 10,000 built at that plant. At one time I had the VIN of that other car but in three moves I lost track of it. Just another<BR>small mystery.

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