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Correct tail panel black trim paint

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SCJSTU:
My 1969 GT350 does not have black paint on side of taillight like the one pictured......Is this picture showing the correct black out areas?

Thanks.....

Bob Gaines:

--- Quote from: SCJSTU on September 20, 2021, 03:15:51 PM ---My 1969 GT350 does not have black paint on side of taillight like the one pictured......Is this picture showing the correct black out areas?

Thanks.....

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Besides the black out there is a grained texture made into the surface of the fastback end cap .  The grained surface is meant to match the surface of the tail panel . Convertible has different black out pattern but only smooth no texture surface. Many times previous restorers sand the surface smooth of the fastback end cap not knowing any better.

J_Speegle:

--- Quote from: SCJSTU on September 20, 2021, 03:15:51 PM ---My 1969 GT350 does not have black paint on side of taillight like the one pictured......Is this picture showing the correct black out areas?

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No

If you notice at the bottom end of the end caps the black does not continue on the car in your example where on originals the black was continued on the inside of the raised end that goes under the rear bumper as shown in the pictures below of unrestored examples

Hope this helps

cob428:
Is there a material that is used to make the grain feature in the end caps, any suggestions?

Bob Gaines:

--- Quote from: cob428 on September 20, 2021, 07:02:51 PM ---Is there a material that is used to make the grain feature in the end caps, any suggestions?

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Keep in mind that very early 69 Shelby fastbacks did not have a grain pattern on ether the tail panel or the end caps instead they had a spray on paint texture.  On those later cars that had the grain pattern the short answer is yes you can use a piece of vinyl that has the same gain pattern as the tail and use that to make a impression on the surface of a skim coat of bondo placed on end cap.

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