New Paint for Tardis

(Truth or Consequences NM)
I finally gave up! The original red paint was just too oxidated to restore to acceptable condition. As the photo below shows, it was badly faded, and beyond saving. So, the decision was made to paint over the red.

New Paint for Tardis – Old Faded Red

I was sure that a new color was needed to avoid a repeat of the fading; as red is the most susceptible to the strong sun in the southwest. Instead, I chose a two-tone metallic blue-green; often called teal. It was a Lazy Daze factory color during the time Tardis was built.

New Two-tone Blue-green
Before New Pinstriping

Plus, it was really the color I wanted; but, was unable to find when I was looking for a rig. It’s interesting that the value of the new color changes with the lighting; appearing lighter or darker. Many have commented that they really like the new color.

With New Pinstripes
Closeup of Striping

The faux windows on the front were repainted black to keep with the classic Lazy Daze look. And, a few blemishes from too much back country use were repaired. Of course the pinstriping had to be redone also; and, I kept them like the original.

Darker Teal Value in Some Lighting
Lighter Teal at Other Times

I repainted the rubberized portion of the front bumper the original dark gray. Then, used Back to Black restorer on the side mirrors, and put new non-slip pads on the running boards and on the rear bumper below the roof ladder.

Faux Windows & Bumper Repainted
Mirrors, Steps & Wheels Restored

To complete the look, the wheels were painted black; with the possibility of color lug nuts and hub caps in the future. The original chrome wheel covers were long ago removed as they were a pain.

New Decal over New Paint

With new paint, Tardis looks brand new! I’m really happy with how it turned out. Now the challenge is to keep it that way.

Camp: Elephant Butte Lake SP
Scene: Paint Shop, Graphics Shop

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14 Responses to New Paint for Tardis

  1. Judie Ashford January 25, 2020 at 10:20 am #

    Hey – that looks really, really great! Just like brand new!!! Did you find a local place in New Mexico to have it done?

    Virtual hugs,

    • Pleinguy January 30, 2020 at 10:37 am #

      Yes. The work was done in Truth or Consequences NM by local paint and graphics shops.

  2. Brad January 25, 2020 at 10:48 am #

    Nice paint job. Also teal is the color for ovarian cancer, so good choice.

    • Pleinguy January 30, 2020 at 10:38 am #

      Glad you like it Brad. I’m quite pleased to have a decent looking rig again.

  3. Steven Crisp January 25, 2020 at 10:57 am #

    It does look fantastic. Congratulations!

    I too am curious where it was done (I was assuming the factory?)>

    Also, if you would be willing to share, what was the cost of the work, and did they do everything (cleaning and prep, minor body repairs, painting, striping, etc).

    Your rig looks brand new! A lot cheaper than buying a new one I am sure. And a good reminder about the red color too.

    Wishing you all the best,


    • Pleinguy January 30, 2020 at 10:40 am #

      Sent you an eMail with details. All work done by local shops in New Mexico. I’m loving it.

  4. Barney Ward January 25, 2020 at 1:47 pm #

    Beautiful. Congratulations on the choices made.

    • Pleinguy January 30, 2020 at 10:41 am #

      Appreciate the comment Barney. It’s nice having a good looking rig again.

  5. michelle January 26, 2020 at 9:10 pm #

    Tardis looks great! I always enjoy reading your blog😀

    • Pleinguy January 30, 2020 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks for reading Michelle.

  6. squeakytiki January 30, 2020 at 11:07 am #

    I left a response a few days ago but I guess it didn’t go through? As the owner of another faded red Lazy Daze I was just wondering if you only got the stripes redone or did the whole rig get a re-paint? And I”m curious what something like that costs?

    • Pleinguy January 30, 2020 at 11:20 am #

      Repainted the two-tone reds to teal green, black, and touchup on the white. Sent you an eMail with details. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Bradford D Harris February 2, 2020 at 5:50 am #

    Tardis is looking sharp, Pleinguy! I love the teal! Nice job!

    • Pleinguy February 2, 2020 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks Brad; glad you like it.

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