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Re: Painting expertise wanted

To: Eric Houkal <>
Subject: Re: Painting expertise wanted
From: Susan and John Roper <>
Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 11:30:26 -0500
Eric Houkal wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joseph Cianciotti <>
> To: mg mailing list <>
> Date: Monday, June 08, 1998 10:41 PM
> Subject: Painting expertise wanted
> >Spoke to someone (over the phone) today about repairing my vandalized
> >door and lock. He mentioned using a clear coat to blend the paint. It
> >seems kind of odd to me since my car doesn't have a clear coat. He said
> >that's the only way to get it to match if the new paint isn't spot on
> >correct. I asked why he wouldn't just repaint the door (or even just the
> >lower half) and he said that getting the color to butt match is extremely
> >difficult, though not impossible.
> >
> >I'm still not clear why. I thought that, like house paint, you bring a
> >sample to the paint shop and they match it using some sort of
> >computer-type gizmo. And that putting a clear coat on my car would make
> >the repaired area look different from the rest of the car.
> >
> >What do you think? Please help. Thanks in advance.
> >
> >Joseph
> >67 Roadster
> >
>  What color is the car? If it is white/black you could probably get by
> painting from edge to edge above the trim and it wouldn't look too bad. If
> it is red (especially) or most any other color,the paint will have faded
> considerably. Sometimes, if you spot in the area with lacquer and then buff
> the whole car you can get fair results.  The clear coat will give the
> repaired area a slightly glossier look, but again buffing the whole car will
> make this less noticeable. he way the clear works is (usually) the repaired
> area is spotted in in as small an area as is practical, then the clear is
> applied to the entire panel so there is no Frosty looking area between the
> old/new paint. Works very well. If this is done by a pro the repair is
> nearly invisible, and even an amateur can achieve respectable results.
>  As far as the computer matching, I've never seen it done at an automotive
> paint store, and I do have some misgivings as to it's practicality, but a
> really good painter will be able to match the faded paint by adding a few
> drops of the correct toner to the factory mix. Sadly, I don't know any
> painters of that caliber.
> Eric
Re: computer matching, some of the Ditzler dealers have a computer that
is supposed to read existing color and spit out a formula for a match. 
I tried that once(TF with cream color, darker than OEW)and the match was
less than great. John

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