Paint Matching

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Ian Howe
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#1 Paint Matching

Post by Ian Howe » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:09 pm

I just thought I would share some information on paint matching - and striving for originality.

I went to all the normal suppliers for Opalescent Dark Green (quoting the normal paint reference code) and the results were bizarre - to say the least. The colour supplied by Jaguar Heritage was also incorrect as was a spectrophotometer colour match.

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Matched colour on the right

Apart from the wide range of colours, modern opalescent paints tend to have more aluminium powder in them and so the opalescence is far greater than original paints. Also, modern aluminium pigments can be more angular in shape with a different partial size than that used originally, and consequently gives a more 'glittery' look than that from the 1960s. No expert here - sorry.

Eventually I had the paint matched by Leonard Brookes Paint in Harlow - 01279 417501. Richard the owner is passionate about paint and matched the paint by eye. Old techniques are sometimes the best! Richard also has some original Jaguar colour cards. The original aluminium tinter has been discontinued  by the supplier, but Richard managed to reduce the overly metallic look.

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The underside of the sugar scoops were not faded (richer and deeper hue) and were used for matching - the match was also checked against another car of a similar vintage. So, the best I could achieve I feel.

The car has been painted by Concours Refinishing - Unit 6, Mile Oak Business Park, Mile oak, Tamworth, B78 3PQ. Trevor (07984277640) and Todd (07583982704) - they paint mainly E Types and the work is outstanding with an amazing attention to detail.

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I hasten to add I have no interests in either of these businesses but good work should be recognised.

Ian

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#2 Re: Paint Matching

Post by Jeremy » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:08 pm

:yeahthat:
Trevor and Todd did my body shell and the quality of the job is truly exceptional. I can't praise them highly enough.
Jeremy
1967 S1 4.2 FHC

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#3 Re: Paint Matching

Post by 265bhp » Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:02 am

Gorgeous looking colour... :salute:
1963 3.8 FHC in slow restoration mode
1974 2.7 Carrera now as an RS Touring

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#4 Re: Paint Matching

Post by AshM » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:26 pm

100% agree - what a beautiful colour.

Looks fabulous.
Series 2 FHC 1970
1R 20607

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