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dukewhaler posted 06-17-2002 07:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for dukewhaler   Send Email to dukewhaler  
Does any supplier have a paint (not gelcoat) that matches the desert tan color?
Taylor posted 06-18-2002 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
It has been pointed out that all desert tan is not the same, the sun changes the color over time. Get some 'offwhite' color chips from your local paint/hardware store and pick the one that comes the closest, then get a paint that matches.

Jimh mentioned this idea in the reference section under the heading 'Martha Stewart to the rescue'.

Unless you are planning on painting your house to match your whaler the paint that goes with the chips will not be much help, but the chip provides a good reference.

(Does Bigshot have the room where he has the statue of Dick Ficher painted Desert Tan?)

I found 'Almond' appliance paint to be close enough, not to blend exactly, but close enough for something that I wanted to kind of match.

skookum point posted 06-18-2002 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for skookum point  Send Email to skookum point     
Try Wimbleton White in the spray cans at the auto parts store. It's a Ford automotive color. Duplicolor is the brand name I know of but there are others. It's not an exact match, but fairly close depending on what you are doing with it.
dfmcintyre posted 06-18-2002 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
FWIW, take the boat to a good automotive paint mixing shop in your area, and have them "shoot" the boat with their computer, and custom mix up a quart of a good two part paint. I went that route with our local shop, and used Concept 2000, a two part poly, and have been very happy with the results.


dukewhaler posted 06-18-2002 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for dukewhaler  Send Email to dukewhaler     
Thanks...I'll give it a shot.
Bigshot posted 06-19-2002 10:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I found on the older whalers that the outside color is almost exactly the same as Johnson white from Tempo. Not even close on the inside tan though.
Alioop posted 06-19-2002 10:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Alioop  Send Email to Alioop     
Dukewhaler,Tom at signature finish at one time told me he had paint to match all the whaler colors. Try him at his web site.Mike
csj posted 06-27-2002 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for csj  Send Email to csj     
I recently had a friend from a auto body shop use a camera device that is placed against the existing paint and duplicates the color exactly. check with your auto body shops

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