Paint Scheme Grades-November 11, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First some 2018 schemes…

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford Fusion-Discount Tire always has great looking cars, and this is no exception. It’s a smooth look, it has a great color scheme, and it earns an A.

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Chevy Camaro-It’s a horrible shade of green, with a decent shade of blue. The look is awful, it’s a bad design, and I can’t give it anything but an F.

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger Chevy Camaro-L like the color scheme, but the design scheme, while decent, is a bit over-designed. It’s worth a B-.

Now on to the 2017 schemes.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Olympics Chevy SS-The winter motif and new color scheme work very well here, it’s a good look. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Justice League Chevy SS-The red and gold look is really good. The design scheme works very well too. It’s an all around great look. A

Joey Gase #7 Donate Life Chevy SS-The hood design works very well, but the side design is another story. It’s an ugly, over designed mess, with a decent color scheme. All things considered, it earns a C-.

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Patriotic Ford Fusion-Adding patriotic elements doesn’t do that much to help the scheme. It is the same F grade as the regular Aspen Dental scheme.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Stops/Mobil Delvac Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Rush Truck Stops, same A grade.

Matt Kenseth #20 Xfinity Toyota Camry-It’s a bold look, not over designed, and has a great color scheme. It works very well. A

Ray Black Jr.#51 Scubalife Chevy SS-The whole motif works very well, and the color scheme is good. For some reason, water motifs on cars work well. Anyway, it’s worth an A.

David Starr #66 Moore Freight Service Chevy SS-A simple look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Gray Gaulding #83 The Country Network/Earthwater Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Earthwater, same F grade.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.#88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevy SS-The black Justice League motif works very well, and the scheme as a whole is a great look. I can’t give this anything less than an A.

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Paint Scheme Grades-September 30, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Chevy Accessories Chevy SS-Same scheme as #31, same A grade.

Reed Sorenson #15 Ol’ Hick Hickory Pellets Chevy SS-It’s a smooth look with a good color scheme, no complaints here! A

Daniel Suarez #19 Comcast Business Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same D- grade.

Matt Kenseth #20 Sirius/XM Toyota Camry-While it still needs work, it’s much better than the #77! the color scheme is better, as is the design scheme. I’ll give it a B+.

Corey LaJoe #23 Schroth Racing Toyota Camry-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, with a bad color scheme, specifically, the shades of yellow used. It’s hurting my eyes, so I’m going to give it the F it deserves.

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Brakes Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as NAPA but with BRAKES on sides. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Ford Eco-Boost Ford Fusion-Its got a good color scheme, but in terms of design, it is over designed. I don’t like amount of stripes, and the lack of red doesn’t help. It’s still a decent scheme, and it earns a C-.

Gray Gaulding #55 Wind River Toyota Camry-This scheme would work with if the green on the front were used as the scheme OR the fade were used, but the combination of the two looks awkward and forced. It just doesn’t look good, and it earns an F.

Brett Moffitt #83 Super Donut Toyota Camry-Everything I said about the #23 applies here, but the addition of red just makes this worse. F

Paint Scheme Grades-September 23, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Univar Chevy SS-Same scheme as Dow, same A- grade.

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Strong Against Cancer Chevy SS-It’s a great scheme, the crayon motif works, and the car has a great color scheme. Nothing bad here! A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota Camry-Purple can be a very iffy color, but this dark purple works very well, and the flame motif works well too! It’s a great look. A

Corey LaJoie #23 Jewel-Osco Toyota Camry-Too many different shades of red, too many cutting edge designs, and the less said about that…thing on the quarter panel, the better. F

Ryan Newman CAT D100 Chevy SS-The D100 motif actually works much better than the regular scheme. There is some room for improvement, but it’s a great look. I’ll give it a B+

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Incredible Bank/TMNT Ford Fusion-It’s an ugly, over designed mess that just looks awful! There is nothing good I can say about this! F

Jeffery Earnardt #33 HULU/TMNT Chevy SS-See above. F

Ray Black Jr. #51 Chevy SS-The water motif works very well, though it should be on both sides. It is a bold look, and it’s done well. A

Gray Gaulding #55 US First Responders Association Chevy SS-Using the Bodine throwback works well and the car has a nice look. It’s worth an A.

Timmy Hill #66 U.S. Chrome Chevy SS-Same scheme as Poker Palace, same D+ grade.

Michael McDowell #95 Devour Frozen Meals Chevy SS-Its a little overdone, and the green looks really out of place. It’s not bad, but not great. I’ll give it a C.

Michael McDowell #95 Procore Chevy SS-Black and orange is an under rated color scheme, and the hexagon motif works well. It’s a well-done scheme. A

Paint Scheme Grades-September 16, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Therm Chevy SS-The hood represents cold, the sides represent heat, and the car looks great across the board. A

Hermie Sadler #7 We’re Game Chevy SS-It’s a great color scheme that gets lost in the over designed sides. It’s not completely terrible, but it’s not great. I’ll give it a C-.

Danica Patrick #10 Warrior by Danica Patrick/HSN.com Chevy SS-It’s a rather finicky color scheme not helped by being a tad over designed. It would be better with a different color scheme.  All in all, it’s worth a C-.

Matt Kenseth #20 American Red Cross/Toyota 4 Good Toyota Camry-Same scheme as white Toyota Care, same D- grade.

Joey Logano #22 American Red Cross Ford Fusion-With the right color combination, the Penske template can work quite well. This is the right color combination. Red and white work very well, and the car looks good. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Sweet Frog Toyota Camry-Last year’s scheme was a front runner for Worst Paint Scheme Of The Year in the Paint Schemies, and the 2017 is actually worse! The color scheme is awful, but the design just makes the scheme look more repulsive than it is. I wish I could give it lower than an F, but I can’t.

Chris Buescher #37 Nature Valley Chevy SS-This is a bold yet subtle scheme, with a great color scheme, which will always earn an A.

David Ragan #38 1000 Bulbs Ford Fusion-The only reason that this scheme was awarded a D+ is that the color scheme is good, and fits the design scheme. The design scheme is horrible by itself, saved only by the color scheme.

BJ McLeod #51 Bubba Burger Texas Strong Chevy SS-It’s a classic look, and a great color scheme. Nothing wrong here! A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-Same scheme as white Auto Owner’s Insurance, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #83 Safeway Toyota Camry-Too many designs, not a good look. Not even a great color scheme can save this from an F.

Corey LaJoie#83 Champion Machinery Toyota Camry-The color scheme is great, but the car is somewhat over designed, but it’s not as bad as it could be. It’s not terrible, not great, worth a C.

Paint Scheme Grades-June 10, 2017

By David G. Firestone.

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as McDonald’s, but with Signature Crafted Recipes on hood. A

Ross Chastain #15 Protect Your Mellon Chevy SS-The shade of red is good, and I like the stripe design on the sides. A

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota Camry-Same scheme as 2016, same A grade.

Matt Kenseth #20 Toyota Care Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Toytoa, same F grade.

Gray Gaulding #23 Addiction Campuses Toyota Camry-The sunburst logo could work, as could the fade, but they don’t work well together. I like the basic idea, but the design as a whole is a mess. I’ll give it a D+.

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Hulu Chevy SS-I like the shade of green used here, and the design looks good. I give it an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Maxwell House Max Chevy SS-Bold look, isn’t over designed, and has a great color scheme…it’s worth an A.

Cody Ware #51 ECU Pirates Chevy SS-The color scheme is good, and I like the stripe designs on the side. I also love the pirate logo on the hood. I’ll give it an A.

Timmy Hill #66 Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship Chevy SS-Same scheme as Poker Palace, same D- grade.

Cole Whitt #72 Chevy SS-Looks good, nothing to complain about. A

Paint Scheme Grades-May 27,2017

By David G. Firestone.

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s $1 Any Size Soft Drink Chevy SS-Same basic scheme as McDonald’s, same A grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford Fusion-The scaled down look is good, the flag motif works very well. It’s a good looking car that isn’t over done, and I give it an A.

Kasey Kahne #5 Mountain Dew Chevy SS-White, yellow, and green looks good, and the design is bold, but not over done. It’s a good looking car.A

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Military Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota Camry-The hood is a tad overdone, but it’s not that bad, and the side design looks good. Orange and blue can be a difficult color scheme, but the shades used work very well. I’m going to give this scheme an A.

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt/Wounded Warrior Project Toyota Camry-While I normally hate camouflage, this scheme actually makes it work. The subtle yellow camouflage works well, and the rest of the scheme is good too. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Bubba Burger Toyota CamryThe new design can be described as “rearanging deck chairs on the Titanic.” While some effort was spent on the design, it didn’t improve at all. It’s still an F grade.

Chase Elliot #24 Mountain Dew Chevy SSIt’s the same scheme as the #24, but with black as the primary color instead of white. It’s still a good scheme, and it earns an A

Ryan Newman #31 CAT/Granger Chevy SS-This is a smooth scheme, with a great color scheme, and a great look, which will always earn an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Reddit Ford Fusion-This scheme has a great color scheme, but the team felt the need to compensate for this by using a horrid design scheme, that is nothing but an over designed mess. It’s a horrible look, and not even a good color scheme can save it from an F.

Landon Cassill #34 MDS/#checkitforandretti Ford Fusion-Same basic scheme as MDS, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #37 Cars 3/Kleenex Chevy SS-I get what they were going for here, but Lightning McQueen’s design on a real car does not look really good. It has a good color scheme though, and I’ll give it a C

David Ragan #38 Dockside Logistics Ford Fusion-Same basic scheme as 2015 Dockside Logistics, same A grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy SS-The toned down look is a good one here, and it’s worth noting that this is the best Jimmie has looked all year. I’ll give it an A.

Derrike Cope #55 Ckezepis Law Toyota Camry-Simple, smooth, and a great color scheme…what else do you need for an A grade?

Paint Scheme Grades-March 25, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/World Water Day Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black front, water motif with a curve in front of the door number.D-

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota CamryNo change.A

Gray Gaulding #23 SunFrog.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, green front, black and green middle to rear.C+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/FVP Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017 Menard’s template with FVP colors, black replaces silver.A

Landon Cassill #34 Starkey Hearing Foundation Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Front Row template has been revamped, with blue and white color scheme.A

Cole Whitt #72 Standard Plumbing Supply Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white and red letters and logos.B+

Corey LaJoie #83 BK Racing Graphics Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with red and silver stripes across sides.B-