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Re: [Healeys] Color poll please (SOT, Jag)

To: Healeyguy <healeyguy@aol.com>
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Color poll please (SOT, Jag)
From: "Curt/Nancy Arndt" <cnaarndt@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2008 07:44:18 -0700
Hi All,

With all of this discussion on original paint colors I though that I'd let
every one in on one of my secrets to proper paint color matching.

Here in San Diego we have a local shop that has most of the original paint
chips for our cars.  A good friend that restores Jaguars has used this
resource for years and rarely has a problem getting original paint for
Jaguars, Austin Healeys, Aston Martins MGs, etc.

Auto Color Library - http://www.tcpglobal.com/autocolorlibrary/

Go to the center of the page labled:
AutoColorLibrary Automotive Paint Color Selection Guide Step 1 - Choose your
Vehicle make from the drop down menuSelect European on the drop down tab and
go to Austin Healey /MG and select the year desired.

You can then see the original paint chips for the color you're looking for.

We used this recently to paint a friends BJ8 in Golden Beige Metallic.  I've
had a number of discussions on this color with fellow member of the Concours
Committee, John Hodgman, who is the resident expert.  GBM is a much lighter
color that Jaguar Opalescent Sand and in the sunlight it has a distinctive
pinkish tinge to it.  According to John, the original GBM paint faded to a
slightly darker shade within several years from new and as such it's hard to
match from original paint on the car, even in areas that are protected from
the sun.

On the Auto Color Library site we found BG-19, Golden Beige Met. listed
under the1968 color chips.

Check out 1955 page 11 and you'll see three colors listed for the Austin
Healey 100 for Healey Blue; Blue Iridescent, Ice Blue and Ice Blue
Iridescent.  Very interesting!



Curt Arndt
Carlsbad, CA
'55 BN1, '60 AN5 :{), '72 RWA Midget, '06 Mini Cooper S

On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 10:11 PM, Healeyguy <healeyguy@aol.com> wrote:

> My old Dupont (USA) paint charts shows Golden Beige Metallic as 8178L
> (lacquer) and the Jag Golden Sand Metallic as 8318L. Two different mix
> codes. The corresponding UK paint name for "metallic" according to the Jag
> books is Opalescent.  Makes you wonder why Jaguar used Sand instead of
> Beige.  Oh that would have been Opalescent Golden Grey.  Sounds like sunset
> in London. My apologies to all the UK listers.
> Aloha
> Perry
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