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Reddragon Dale M
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA   USA
1963 Triumph TR4 "Road Runner"
1974 Triumph TR6 "Tweety"
Good afternoon

Tried a search for this question, however did not see the answer I was looking for. I'm in the process of refinishing the dashboard back to the original white, PO had painted it red when he painted the car red.

The question is was the dashboard finished in just a gloss white or was there a clear coat applied to it? On my first Tr 4, it was a very bright and shiny white.

Any help is appreciated.

Red

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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA   USA
Red,
Mine is a gloss white and rust!
Rut

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Fictioneer Doug Hirt
Colorado Springs, CO, USA   USA
I have a picture of a red TR4 with a red dash. I think it's very attractive. I'm thinking I'd like to find a TR4 steel dash and do the same -- Royal Blue instead of red, of course -- and use it in my TR4A.
Doug



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Jim Guillaume James Guillaume
Farmington, Maine, USA   USA
I know it makes purists gnash their teeth, but I think the body colored dash looks very nice.

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Geko Stef SG
Kuala Lumpur, WP, Malaysia   MYS
No, they were just white body color: Spa White (62/63) then New white (63/64). Applying a clear coat just add extra protection and you probably want an extra protection. However it may get yellowish if highly exposed to UVs.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2017-09-24 06:30 AM by Geko.

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twomanytriumphs Gold Member Kyle Darby
Kelso, Washington, USA   USA
1965 Triumph TR4 "My Baby"
1966 Triumph 2000 MkI "Bessie"
1970 Triumph GT6+ (MkII) "The Princess"
1977 MG MGB
Having just converted my TR4 to a white dash, it is a striking combo. I just used white Krylon paint that looked close. Kyle.

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Reddragon Dale M
Chesapeake, Virginia, USA   USA
1963 Triumph TR4 "Road Runner"
1974 Triumph TR6 "Tweety"
Doug

Yes, that is what it looked like. I am in the process of bring the car back to the White with red interior that is on the ID tag, or at least that is my goal. Going to try for the brightest white I can find.

Rut - Kyle

That is what will go on the dash, Gloss White. Plan to use 4 coats.

Stef - James

Have never been one for pure originality, like my cars to be drivers. Will stay away from the clear coat.

Thanks for all the comments and pictures.

Red

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brickwhite Ted Z
St. Louis, Missouri, USA   USA
1963 Triumph TR4 "TR-4"
White is the only way to go....

I had mine powdercoated cardinal Pure white....Cost about $200,







Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-09-29 09:21 AM by brickwhite.

volleyball Ray C
Albany, NY, USA   USA
At the factory they never heard of clearcoat. 2 stage wasn't used back then

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Vila Robert Beers
Mechanicsburg, PA, USA   USA
1933 Chevrolet Master "The 33"
1962 Triumph TR4 "The TR4"
1964 Vespa VNB 125 "The Old Vespa"
1984 BMW 633CSi "The 633"    & more
Clearcoat did not come out until the Late 1970s or early 1980s. You may remember the factory paint jobs with the peeling clear coat from back then before some of the auto manufactures perfected the process.

As other have said they were Spa White on the earlier TR4s and Pure White on the later TR4s.

Here is the Spa White dash on my 1962 TR4 done with PPG acrylic lacquer.

PPG (Ditzler) paint code 8335



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bltriumph Steve Choquette
Erin, ontario, Canada   CAN
single stage paint is what was used what you use is up to you single stage or two stage base and clear coat more products required more time and money and it will look like it is not factory or powder coating they all work all depends on money and what you like or want but put extra coats on as you never seem to have enough paint on restored items and quality check before reassembly that is why I go single stage

volleyball Ray C
Albany, NY, USA   USA
I love the wood dash but if I was going painted, I'd powder coat it. You don't want to have to touch up

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