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Monday, March 19, 2012

Just the Details...Mustang Paint OK Stamps

Here is a shot of the Paint OK stamping on the LH Headlight Bucket assembly on our 1964 1/2 HiPo Mustang Coupe.  This stamp was originally applied very lightly.  This area is under the headlight door and is not visible when the headlight door is installed on the car.
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We have been posting about our original paint 1964 1/2 K Code Mustang coupe, and today we will look at some of the "PAINT OK" stamps we uncovered.

Our personal preference when restoring a Mustang is to only duplicate the Paint OK stampings that are originally found.  Of course, this is not always easy, because some stampings on a 48 year old car are sometimes long gone.  These ink stamps were also sometimes applied very lightly, and sometimes maybe not there at all in the first place.  Even on this all original paint Mustang, we only found a few Paint OK stamps in the headlight bucket area, and you will note from our pictures that these are not even visible with the headlight doors installed.

Here is an image of the Paint OK stamp found on the back side of the LH Headlight Door.  This stamp is obviously not visible once the Headlight Door is installed.
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At any rate, you want to do your research.  If you do choose to add a paint stamp to your restoration, at least make sure it is of the same type that was applied to the specific production plant where your Mustang was produced.

Our '64 1/2 HiPo Mustang Coupe is a Dearborn built Mustang, and the stamps here match the stamps that we commonly see on the Dearborn production cars.

Here is an image of the Paint OK stamp found on the back side of the RH Headlight Door.  This stamp is obviously not visible once the Headlight Door is installed.
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