First, I have to say the craftsmanship is excellent. Love the work you're doing. I plan to take on this project in the next few years, but not yet. I also plan to make mine to be disassembled, but I have to say I don't believe I'll be able to build it like you have. Your wood work is above my abilities, but if I want mine to look old and shabby anyway, I think my woodworking ability should be sufficient. 😁 This will be a great thread for me to bookmark for my own build. 😎 Sorry, back to yours. Fan-effing-tastic! I can't wait to see this come together.Hey Guys,
I wanted to start a thread to share the progress of my horse drawn hearse build. Thank you to lewlew & jdubbya for inspiring me with their build last year to finally get this one done. I bought the lights on clearance at Lowes about eight years ago with the intention to build a hearse to mount them on; better late than never I suppose. I have designed it to be able to be completely disassmbled for storage; the top comes off, all of the sides & sections are bolted on. I had planned on painting it a high gloss black, but now I am wondering if it would be better to paint it a high gloss white. I want it to be the center piece of a front section of the yard, and I have purple LED landscape lighting which gives the yard a purple wash. I would love to hear your opinions on painting it white vs black.
As for the color, allow me offer my opinion, some of which has already been said. It's how I've thought about my own eventual build. In my opinion, from worst option to best:
- White - Pros are that it will show up nicely at night, and based on choice of colored lighting, essentially you can make it any color you want at night. Cons are that white hearses are generally associated with new life, and if you're looking for a drab, and spooky feel, I don't feel white achieves that.
- Black - Pros are that it's creepy as h3ll, and looks excellent in a home haunt during the day. It's also obviously associated with death which makes it most appropriate. Biggest con is when you're putting so much work into the build of your centerpiece, you don't want it to be nearly invisible until people are up close. You'd like it to stand out which is why I think it's the second best choice. Lighting black at night doesn't work well. You can see it when you're nearby, but far away it blends into the background regardless of gloss or flat finish. Colors just won't show up and you'll find yourself lighting it with white lights to get it show better.
- Gray - This is my personal choice but in a darker shade. Pros are that gray is still drab like black and conveys death and doom, but maybe a little more ghostly. If you plan to weather your hearse a bit, it will show up much better on gray than black. If you make it white, I'd recommend not weathering at all. Gray will also show up better at night, and still reflect any colors you shine on it. Not sure how your cemetery is lit, but if you light with blue, a darker shade of gray will still be visible from a distance. Cons for gray is that it's not common and not associated with death and a general feeling of death like black is.