Perfect Paint Matching

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

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  1. KG7HVR

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    Those look very good. Where is he getting the paint made?

    Speaking of kenwood! Has anyone matched the dreaded trim rub off on a ts570 or ts450sat? Seems they all rub off leaving black plastic underneath.

  2. VK6APZ

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    He gets the paint from a local paint store in Perth that will make up any color you want.

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  3. K9STH

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    If you keep the paint can tightly sealed, the paint can last for a number of years.

    As for getting spray cans loaded: Most paint stores in this country do not have the ability to load spray cans. In metropolitan areas, the paint companies usually have a warehouse operation where the cans can be loaded. In the Dallas, Texas, area, Sherwin-Williams has such an operation that is about 10-miles from my house. However, unless the paint just happens to be a color that is used by several regular customers, you have to pay for a quart of the paint and then pay additional to get it loaded into the spray cans.

    Typically, if one has a spray rig, it is MUCH easier to get a good paint job on the unit. With practice, it is possible to get a good paint job but, unfortunately, the majority of people have problems. There are times when I do use a spray can (off the shelf that is a good match, for a "one off" unit, etc.). However, I prefer to do the job with an air compressor and paint gun.

    Glen, K9STH
  4. KK4NSF

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    You are right... but you can get a Preval Spayer, which allows you to use regular paint in a spray-can type set up. [​IMG]
    You just pour the paint into the jar, and spray. I restore antique bicycles, and have no problem getting a perfect color match, and a smooth finish using them. Best of all, they are cheap..... like $10 or so for two of them. They are really handy, and spray just like a spray can.

    You can get 'em at Home Depot, Walmart, on Amazon, and at many paint stores. Here are some links:
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  5. KJ7MX

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    These might come in handy for a couple Collins cabinets I need to refinish. I read some of the reviews on the Home Depot website and there are a lot of negative reviews that look like they're due to the paint not being properly thinned. What has your experience been with proper thinning?
  6. K9STH

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    If you need the Sherwin-Williams paint formulas, which can be duplicated by any GOOD paint store (NOT home improvement centers), they can be found at:

    Note that the Collins S-Line cabinet formula is for 1-gallon. However, the paint store can reduce it for just 1-quart. The remainder of the formulas, in the article, are for 1-quart which is the smallest portion that most paint stores will custom make.

    Glen, K9STH
  7. KK4NSF

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    the rule for thinning with these sprayers is this: If you don't thin the paint, it doesn't spray. I tend to thin it by eye to about the viscosity of water. I only takes a tiny bit of thinner in the little jar, and you are good to go.
  8. KM1H

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    My well used TS-950SD has the black exposed also; driven hard and put away wet in decades of heavy contesting and DXing.

  9. KB3MOW

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    When the gas tank on my old motorcycle got scratched up I found an auto parts distributor who matched the original color perfectly, and even provided the paint in a spray can. Yes, it was a bit expensive - $90 for one can. It cost me more in GAS to find the one parts store that custom-matched paint! However, with that one can of paint I was able to apply three coats to the gas tank, along with 3 coats of clear-coat. Looked even better than the original and the tank matched the bike color perfectly! Sometimes the extra cost is actually worth it!!

    73 es GL
    Dave - KB3MOW

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