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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:58 pm    Post subject: Paint colours Reply with quote
Now I have been thinking about what colour to paint my 1983 Series 3 Diesel SWB. I have finally decided on satin NATO green. I know it is not a genuine land rover colour, I'm not doing a restoration, so much as a major service and upgrade where upgrades make sense, in other words I don't care about originality.
One thing though I thought would ask opinions on roof colour. To me most (all?) civilian series 3 land rovers had a limestone roof and upper side panels whatever the colour of the body. Would it look bad if the roof and sides were all the same colour as the body? Should I keep the roof limestone? Has anyone else painted them differently?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Roofs were painted limestone or white for a reason - to reflect the sun. One has to wonder about those owners who paint them black, and if they are so pleased with their colour scheme come summer. Tropical roof also served to keep interior cool - station wagons in particular can suffer a certain greenhouse effect owing to resembling one, but I've always found my lwb ones with the tropical roof stay remarkably cool in the sun compared to an ordinary car. Other than that, paint it whatever colour you like if you don't care about originality. I'm sure the military kept the roof and body colour the same (usually green or sand) for reasons of camouflage and doing the same will make your vehicle look less civilian if it's green and that's what you want. Incidentally, not all Series 3s had limestone upper side panels - not at all - I actually associate that scheme more with early 110s.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think the best combination is marine blue for the body and limestone for the roof. If you’ve got Land Rover wheels, do these limestone too. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've had all 9 of my Wolf wheels painted bronze green. I think it looks better on them.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
My FFR 109" was satin NATO green on the roof, the satin doesn't fade like the MATT paint does.

My 1972 88" has Limestone rear side panels.

Your Landy, make it suit your needs and paint it any colour you want. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Attractive olive green with a limestone roof & limestone wheels. Furry gonk on the dashboard (womble could be used if no gonk available)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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...and paint it any colour you want


... but not pink, ok? - please!



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I've had all 9 of my Wolf wheels painted bronze green. I think it looks better on them.


And does it run better on 9 wheels, Alan? Shocked Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
8 wheel drive is great Geoff and I have a spare just in case.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'll see your 9 and raise you 3 more + another unmounted 5 tyres (all 17 XZLs) What do I have all these in case of?? Shocked Not sure - Brexit? Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I didn't think about the Sun effects of dark colours hmmm.... Nah go for green.
It is currently sudo marine blue and limestone (someone repainted it before me so the blue is a bit lighter)
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Only 5 of mine have tyres on.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Geoff2 wrote:
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...and paint it any colour you want


... but not pink, ok? - please!


It was ok for the SAS Smile Smile

But if only if it has a fitted machine gun on it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah right, you toting a machine gun, I absolutely promise not to snigger at your Rover, no matter what colour you paint it ..
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Tiger stripes might be cool Very Happy
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