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Colour choice for my Plus 2

PostPost by: NYK » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:42 pm

Within a few weeks I need to tell the paint shop what colour I want my Plus 2. I have spent the past 3 years contemplating every colour under the sun (at least twice). I’m still not decided, I’m not concerned about it being an original Plus 2 colour, on my shortlist is a mid/light metallic blue a bit like the one below. I’m assuming this is not a Lotus colour, or is it? Anyone know what colour it is?

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Also wondered about the Mini electric blue

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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:26 pm

You'll get as many opinions as you have replies to a question like that!

I am an originalist, so personally I'd always go with the factory colour. However, you're not fussed on that score, so the ultimate decision has to be yours (or your wife's …).

It looks to me like the Plus 2 photo you posted is a standard Lotus factory Lagoon Blue. I suspect the colour has become distorted through reproduction.

On a different hue, I've always thought the Mercedes green (pine?) in the attached photo looks particularly well suited to the Plus 2.

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PostPost by: NYK » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:33 pm

Green also on my shortlist, this one looks nice trouble is one really needs to see the car in the ‘flesh’

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PostPost by: Grizzly » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:40 pm

The lagoon blue is a bit marmite in person, anything but bright sunlight it looks very dark.

Here is a video of a +2 (nothing to do with me just a youtube library video)
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:50 pm

I had a 2002 Lotus Elise in Laser Blue - now that is a fantastic colour:


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and when the sun catches it really glints too?

Eric in Burnley has an S3 DHC in a non standard metallic blue and looks gorgeous.
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PostPost by: NYK » Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:36 pm

Thanks both, yes think you’re right about the lagoon blue, needs lots of light to stand out. The laser blue could certainly be a contender, might need to find one to take a good look at.
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PostPost by: ncm » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:33 pm

Here's a few more options for you.The plus 2 is ,if I recall correctly, Ford glacier blue ( not its original colour), the Merc is jasper blue & the Fiesta is Vision blue...seems we like blue cars :lol: :lol:
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PostPost by: NYK » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:52 pm

Thanks, I never thought choosing a colour could be so difficult.
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:00 pm

If we’re throwing SLKs into the mix then this is mine (and btw is for sale 6 speed manual 22000 miles!!!)

This is Designo Mauritius Blue:

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PostPost by: jimj » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:03 am

I would agree that Lagoon Blue looks dark out of direct sunlight, but then we`d both be wrong. It just doesn`t. it was my favourite in `73 and still is. Here`s a pic. I found in the shade.
The +2 in Lagoon Blue with a silver roof just looks fabulous, maybe one of the most attractive cars ever.
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PostPost by: Elan Peter » Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:02 am

Hello, I am going to paint my plus 2 Ford moondust silver once it gets to that stage, I don't know if that floats your boat at all but I thought i'd mention it.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:20 pm

My former Turbo Esprit was what is just referred to as 'Dark Blue' in the paint code list in the WSM, but it's known to fans as 'Essex Blue' after the Essex edition TEs that wore it in 1981. This colour got lots of compliments everywhere I drove the car.

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PostPost by: mikealdren » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:07 pm

My Zetec +2 will need painting soon and it is not an original car so I can choose any colour. We're currently looking at light blues and the metallic blue that was used on Healey 3000s is looking as favourite at the moment. Gunmetal is another colour option.

My other +2 130/5 is Lagoon Blue/Silver so that is not an option.
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:11 pm

One thing to remember is we have 7 shades of lagoon blue on our mixing scheme, you could of course use a light shade but even so it's darker than "Mid Blue" and has quite a dark cast to it too.

Personally i think darker colours highlight the curves / lines of the car more but as a painter myself i like Cirrus white just because of how low maintenance it is.

Have you thought about having having a flick through your painters colour variant books if you have a rough idea of what you want? if you don't have any idea what you want it might also just make things worse. If you do this i always tell people to start with Porsche colours (VAG group have some of the best colours on their sports cars)
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PostPost by: jono » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:49 am

Wedgwood Blue?
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