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Matching Paint to an Object

Posted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:59 pm
by jamesinnewcastle
Hi All

I don't know if this is useful or widely known about but as I am restoring some WW2 radio equipment I needed a paint that matched the original. You might want to match a paint for a modelling project.

No suitable colour in the standard range nor in the RAL or other standard swatches and of course there is no useful way to match a colour using a computer screen.

While you can get home decoration paint matched by taking a sample into a store this only gets you emulsion or gloss paint!

However I found a company on line that will match a sample paint colour and give you spray cans of paint suitable for metals.

Attached is a photo of the result - the paint was sampled by sending the small box capacitor to the company. I used this as it had been inside the enclosure for 65 years and so hadn't faded. In the photo the spray paint was applied in the area roughly enclosed by the red line. It's a very good match I think.

I'm not associated with the company but if you can't find someone offering the service PM me and I'll give you the URL of the one I used.


Re: Matching Paint to an Object

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:32 am
by Bruno
Hi James,

Great work!
Thanks for the info.


Re: Matching Paint to an Object

Posted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:31 pm
by Stirling Project
Hi James

The last lot of paint we got was matched to an original piece we had and we got several litres from an autofactors, they also decanted an amount into 2 rattle cans which allows us to do touch ups and small parts


Re: Matching Paint to an Object

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:21 am
by jamesinnewcastle
Hi John/Bruno

Seems like everyone knew about paint matching except me! My Googling needs some refining I think!