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Perfect Paint Matching

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by KI7WQH, May 18, 2018.

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  1. K6DWI

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    Most automotive paint suppliers can match the color within a few percent with a spectrophotometer.
    Most can also mix into a spray can here in CA for about $18.00
    I'm talking about a high quality, durable finish by companies like PPG.
     
  2. KG7HVR

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    Quick question. I took my 101 speaker into Prescott valley AZ sherwin Williams and they had it for a hour and matched it. The paint type has me worried. Its the pro classic interior acrylic latex. Is this what you use? Will this work? I tested a few spots on the bezel and it seems spot on.
    Thanks
     
  3. KL7AJ

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    Well...it ain't exactly the Mona Lisa you're trying to restore....well, maybe..... HI
     
  4. K9STH

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    HVR:

    I normally do use the acrylic latex. It "dries to the touch" in a matter of minutes. However, at that point the finish is soft. It takes, generally, between 48-hours and 72-hours for the paint to "cure" and then it becomes hard.

    Glen, K9STH
     
  5. KG7HVR

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    I painted the trim bezel on the 101 with it. My hvlp sprayer couldn't make it really smooth like i want but it came out ok. I guess i need to use my airless or thin it.
    They are charging $30 a quart now.
    Heres some pics 20191204_161843.jpg 20191204_161901.jpg 20191204_175829.jpg 20191204_180243.jpg
     
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  6. K9STH

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    I generally do thin the paint a little for best operation with my paint guns.

    The cost of paint is going up and up. I do have a commercial account with Sherwin-Williams and that does help a little with the cost. Still not cheap but definitely better than having to pay retail!

    Glen, K9STH
     
  7. KL7AJ

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    REPAINT, and thin no more.
     
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  8. K9STH

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    AJ:

    Go sit in a corner for 30-minutes to repent for that BAD joke! :D

    Glen, K9STH
     
  9. KG7HVR

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    Ill repent later haha. Its back on its shelf and you cant tell. But basically ive got enough paint to probably do 1000 ft101 radios trim. Whats the shelf life? I used the rustoleum winter grey for the case
    Its close match but not as good as I wanted. My other 101 is in good enough shape i wont bother having paint made for the cabinet. I see where the paint got much harder.
    Have you ever used dunn Edwards. They are about half the price and pretty popular here in Prescott valley AZ. I never heard of them till we moved here from Seattle
     
  10. VK6APZ

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    My friend Neil gets the Kenwood paint made in a spray can and its pretty spot on to me.
    The Kenwood gear looks good now.
     

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