Color help quick!

Discussion in 'Materials' started by mrbcurry1, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. mrbcurry1
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    I am looking for 1954 ford green. I know that ill have to mix it myself I say but not sure what colors to go with with. here is a link to the color of gel coat that I am looking for. I am doing this on a racing body for a little boy, his great grand father use to race late models and this was the color he used at that time. thank you for the help!

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...OzHUPfpFsXs2QWf5ICQCg&ved=0CDYQ9QEwAw&dur=196
     
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  3. mrbcurry1
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    What ? You build Fg kart bodies...and you are asking me:confused:
     
  5. gonzo
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    You should be able to tint neutral gelcoat the same as any other paint base. Even Ford couldn't match paint batches exactly, so it will be close enough.
     
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    Yea I was asking you, I was not aware the could tint gel coat. I buy my gel coat the color I need but I have had no luck finding the color, that is why I was asking the question. I've only been doing fiberglass about 6 months so I am still learning the ends and outs. Learning by myself, teaching myself off of what I have read on here, you tube.
     
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    Thanks bud long as we get it close. Ill call and see if they can tint it for me to match it.
     
  8. Herman
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    Herman Senior Member

    Gelcoat can be tinted. But a polyester based pigment should be used (or have the fun of grinding powdered pigments into base resin).

    There are companies where you can send a colour swatch (or the number of a RAL colour or perhaps other colour system) and get gelcoat in the desired colour back.

    We do it regularly at MC Technics in Belgium.
     
  9. WestVanHan
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    Well I have done zero glassing.
    I got you the paint codes in 2 seconds via google...it's a good web site you should try it.

    Seeing as there are no cars using gelcoat,if tinting is problematic it makes sense to prime and paint the thing....
     

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    I have taken white gelcoat to a Napa Auto store and had them match a color and mix it using my gelcoat. I guess they just used regular paint pigments. People told me it could be done, I wasn't sure about it but I needed the stuff quick, so I did it, it matched perfectly and I got paid.
    If you lay up those cart bodies using plain resin first instead of a gelcoat, after you take it out of the mold you can then prime it and paint it with auto paints however you want, just like a car. You need the first coat of pure resin first though, and let that set up a little, otherwise you may end up with tons of pinholes.
     
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