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Here's my goal: go to the hardware store and buy a spray can off the shelf and paint some rusty spots on my truck. Has anybody ever found a reasonably close match for a 1991 red? I have a little bottle of touch-up paint that calls itself Cardinal Red 3H7 00258-893H7.
 

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ya one side of my truck is brand new red hood and tailgate too, but the driverside is faded it pisses me off because in the right light it looks a lil pink to me:headbang:
 

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You can go to a QUALITY automotive paint store and have them digitally match the color...then have them make you some aerosol cans filled with the perfect stuff.

My guy does it for ~about~ 15$ a can....it's real automotive paint (dupont ditzler or PPG), custom mixed and matched, and you can have anything you want printed on the label at no extra charge.
 

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BTW, paint fade being worse on a given color is a myth....it's almost always a shitty clear coat or inferior paint that causes it.

I used Delstar paint on my truck as it will be almost bulletproof over time, no fade and very tough to chip.

Stay away from cheap paint and you'll be good to go.
 

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Our local quality auto parts store quit mixing custom spray-bombs a couple of years ago. I'm not too concerned about the overall quality on this project, this particular one is more along the lines of "if it looks good from 50 feet at 50 MPH, then it's fine". When this truck evaporates (~5 years, I hope), I'll go west to pick up a rust-free model, then I'll get a little more excited about the quality ;-)

SOLVED -- (for my purposes!) Plasti-Kote 1588 CANDY APPLE RED AT $4.29 a can, my tailgate just cost about $2.00 to paint. It is definately a little too dark, but it's the closest I could find.

I agree that all of this that I am doing is sub-standard and probably a really bad idea for all sorts of reasons, but this is close to a match. It passes the 50-50 test.
 

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One good thing about living here is that I don't think we get enough sun to fade paint, but we have salt, so what happens is that the steel rots out from behind the nice new-looking paint..
 

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ProBuilder said:
BTW, paint fade being worse on a given color is a myth....it's almost always a shitty clear coat or inferior paint that causes it.

I used Delstar paint on my truck as it will be almost bulletproof over time, no fade and very tough to chip.

Stay away from cheap paint and you'll be good to go.
true ...

because of the Base/clear paint system ... the clear is to blame .
 
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