Paint Tips with Zane – Color Inspiration
After being cooped up in the shop for the first half of the winter, I always enjoy getting out and attending the Grand National Roadster Show at the end of January (or, this year, early February). Not only does this event attract big-time debuts with cars and trucks competing for the prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster and Slonaker Award titles, it also showcases a huge variety of build styles from our hobby – everything from hot rods and customs, to lowriders, street machines, custom trucks, motorcycles, and even boats. As a painter, it’s a perfect place to get a little color inspiration to help shake off the winter blues.
This year’s show provided an expansive palette of color inspiration, with a full spectrum of hues and styles to feast your eyes on. From safe and simple solid colors, to bright and bold candies and expressive graphics and color combinations, there were colors and patterns to satisfy just about every taste and style. Given the show’s stature and its beginning-of-the-year timing, you could also argue that it provides a preview of the color trends and paint styles we might see more in the year ahead.
If you’re looking for color or graphic ideas for your next project, a big event like this is a great place to gather inspiration. Perhaps you can home in on a specific shade of a color you have in mind for your car. Or maybe you’ll discover a hue you hadn’t considered before, one from a different branch of automotive culture that’s less common on your style of car. Give some thought to the attitude you want your car or truck to have and consider how color will affect that. After all, just like wheels and tires, color is a key to defining your car or truck’s style.
The accompanying photos above highlight a few of the things that stood out to my painter’s eye this year. Are they a sign of trends to come? That’s hard to say, but maybe they’ll provide some color inspiration for your next project.