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Old 6th April 2018, 04:25 PM   #1
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I'm restoring some David Hafler amplifiers and found a paint match , I think.
The DH paint looks like from 1972-3 GM auto paints. A very dark metalic olive. The Duplicolor 'DE 1651 Cast Coat Iron' shown in pic is very close. We'll see how well it matches the front panels/knobs. Its a high temp ceramic paint.
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Decades ago there was an entire cottage industry of folks who made the matches for Tektronix, HP, Heathkit and Eico equipment.
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Here is after one coat.
Still have to touch some dings on knobs and front panel.
Its close but paint is lighter than can cap but its a keeper.
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Nice job, looks like you came up with a good match.
That color looks similar to the one they used on the DH220 series amps.
The older DH200 amps were more of a satin black, believe the same with the DH500s.
Here is a photo comparison of the 2 amps, DH220 on the bottom and DH200 on top.
Both are original untouched units, trying to decide which way to go with them.
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FWIW, Fender used Cadillac/GM paints for decades. Cool colors from mild to wild and good chemistry.

The self-spray cans are not near as good as a quality car body shop can do; I realize it is hard to justify a car size bill for a large square foot.
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Thanks for the tip on the Hafler paint, could use that.

That was a smart business plan to use the hard earned development and research of a large corporation. Ever seen the GM Design Center?
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Thanks for the tip on the Hafler paint, could use that.

That was a smart business plan to use the hard earned development and research of a large corporation. Ever seen the GM Design Center?
On color schemes for visibility, advertising and text contrast, the F1 teams spend fortunes on research.

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One more dark metallic olive I could not find was Toyota's.
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Not just the colors and chemistry. Like Coke and Bud, you can get GM paint in ANY town in north america.
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Not just the colors and chemistry. Like Coke and Bud, you can get GM paint in ANY town in north america.
Yupp, we got DuPont auto lacquers at the auto-parts dealer in Summit NJ. (I think DuPont's auto paint biz is now Axalta).
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Not just the colors and chemistry. Like Coke and Bud, you can get GM paint in ANY town in north america.

It must be the oracle of PRR, It's getting there with the Bud, but still

no 50 state legal yet. As for the Coke, maybe back in the 1980s here, but currently Amsterdam or many towns in Colombia I reckon. Showing your
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