OEM paint colours for 1978 13 ft Boler - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-14-2014, 07:06 AM   #1
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OEM paint colours for 1978 13 ft Boler

Has anyone found an accurate colour match for the yellow/cream fibreglass gelcoat used on the my Boler?

The Dupli-colour range of automotive touch-up paint (available at Canadian Tire, for example...and I suppose there is a US equivalent at Pep Boys) seems to have a vast array of colours, but if someone has any information to narrow the choices, that would help. I need only a small amount for touch-up I can do with my airbrush. So anything in a rattle can would work also.

The 1980 Toyota Tercel I had could have been a dead match for the "Cat-Pee Yellow" below the belly-band of the Boler, but since colours are trendy and go in and out of fashion, I doubt if I could find that exact Tercel colour one any longer.

While looking for suitable paint on-line, Interlux makes a polyurethane range of boat paint and there is a colour called "Fighting Lady Yellow" and "Arctic White" that would seem to work:

http://www.yachtpaint.com/can/diy/colors/default.aspx#

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In a previous life I used to work with colour coatings for the auto industry and I know there are a lot of factors that can affect colour, fading being the biggest one of them. Colour chips displayed on a computer screen are way off and going into a store trying to guess a match under florescent lighting is about as accurate as choosing it in the dark. The plan is to eventually repaint the Boler in its factory colours using the Interlux paint next year, but for now the touch-up will have to do to take care of some battle damage.

Any advice is, as always, appreciated.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:58 AM   #2
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most paint stores have a spectrophotometer that can get you pretty close but unless their software is on a laptop, dragging in a 13' trailer would be out of the question.

If you know a color copier tech, they use the same device and should have the software on a laptop or at least can install it on yours. Then you can get the RGB or cmy values to mix up some paint. This is another reason not to yell at your copier tech Any copier shop with a large color copier will have the device to calibrate their machines.
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If you looking at swatches or paint chips, make certain you're looking at them under a full-spectrum light or preferrably outside on a sunny day.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:53 AM   #4
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I contacted Interlux and they are mailing colour chips to me. Somehow, I don't think they're going to be paint sample panels used for production batches, but even if it's a paint chart like you get from Sherwin-Williams store off the colour rack, it will put me in the ballpark.

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