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need help identifying car body color - MustangNJ - 08-20-2019

I want to buy some rattle-can paint to touch up some body panels and paint new door mirrors.  the color of my car is not the factory color, and I have no idea what color red this is.  1) anyone have a good guess as to what color red this is? 2) where can I buy paint?

thanks for the help

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RE: need help identifying car body color - 73pony - 08-20-2019

Drive to a paint supplier, they can scan the paint and mix to match.


RE: need help identifying car body color - Don C - 08-20-2019

+1, have it scanned. It's impossible to tell what color of red that is. No only are there 100s of shares of red, the camera you used, the time of day, cloudy or sunny, smoke, smog or haze, and the screen I am using to look at it all shift the colors. Even the reflection from the building changes the apparent shade of red.

The paint store can also make up the correct touch up paint for you.


RE: need help identifying car body color - keiths71 - 08-20-2019

Polish the spot that you want them to match, Orange peel, scratches etc. have an effect on the reading. An area about the size of a business card is good. Some auto paint stores can put single stage even 2K or base coat in spray cans for you


RE: need help identifying car body color - keiths71 - 08-20-2019

Two things I left out. If you use the 2k cans you need to wear a respirator (around $20.00) and once you activate them you have about 48 hrs. at most to use them usually.


RE: need help identifying car body color - MustangNJ - 08-20-2019

good advice. I've never been to an auto paint store, so I will first need to find one. thanks


RE: need help identifying car body color - Bill73Ragtop - 08-21-2019

Finding auto paint supplier to provide custom aerosol cans could be expensive.

Once color is scanned and they mix up a pint or so, pick up a Preval sprayer (and appropriate thinners for paint and cleanup)
https://www.amazon.com/Preval-0225-2-Pack/dp/B00CW809ZO or https://www.homedepot.com/p/Preval-9-oz-Complete-Spray-Gun-267/202533738

I try to have one or two Preval units on hand since they are so useful.


RE: need help identifying car body color - Stanglover - 08-21-2019

Many GOOD auto parts stores also mix paint. My local Car-Quest/Raymac have a guy who's main job is mixing paint. However, to get it "camera'd" you likely will need an Auto Body shop supplier. They can mix base/clear in rattle cans. I do this for my daily drivers to deal with "shopping cart" dings. Prep is KEY to a good job the will match in seamlessly. If you have never done any bodywork and painting, might be worth paying someone to do it. Not necessarily a pro, but someone who has good experience with bodywork.
If that paint is original, the code is on the driver's door label, but even then the paint will have faded or changed with age. Also, some of the older PPG codes no longer correspond to newer paint types, so you'll likely need it scanned anyway.
Geoff.


RE: need help identifying car body color - Stanglover - 08-21-2019

(08-21-2019, 07:15 AM)Bill73Ragtop Wrote: Finding auto paint supplier to provide custom aerosol cans could be expensive.

Once color is scanned and they mix up a pint or so, pick up a Preval sprayer (and appropriate thinners for paint and cleanup)
https://www.amazon.com/Preval-0225-2-Pack/dp/B00CW809ZO  or https://www.homedepot.com/p/Preval-9-oz-Complete-Spray-Gun-267/202533738

I try to have one or two Preval units on hand since they are so useful.

Yes very useful when you have a pint (or so) mixed up. A pint will go a long way compared to rattle cans when mixed correctly.


RE: need help identifying car body color - turtle5353 - 08-21-2019

My local autobody paint supply house will mix up the paint and put in an aerosol can for you for around $25. That is single stage.