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Post by colinf » Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:33 pm

My GTC was resprayed sometime prior to 2000 from Maroon to a metallic orange, i know this from seeing photos of the car at the Millennium Meet at Harewood House. I have tried to get the paint matched as i need to give some areas some tlc. Took it to my local paint factors who said "shouldn't be a problem - we'll just scan it and mix it up accordingly" Well that was a non starter, the scanner couldn't identify it. They then tried the tried and tested "paint chips" route with the predictable results of " nothing even close".
So can anyone help me track down what colour this is i would be very grateful.
I thought perhaps if i could trace the previous owner who sprayed it i may get lucky. The furthest i can go back though is to a Gary Abel from Bridgenorth who acquired the car in March 2014, long after the colour change.
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Post by philhoward » Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:38 pm

That's even pre-Corky - and I can't remember the registrar before then (Allan Inwood maybe?). Has guybetts got anything on the Register (not that he's allowed to divulge it, thanks to GDPR)?


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Post by tony1966 » Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:39 pm

a few jensen interceptors were sprayed metallic tangerine back in the day
looks a bit like that



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Post by colinf » Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:56 pm

Phil, I don't think Guy has anything as he told me it wasn't on the register when i first purchased it in February.


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Post by philhoward » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:00 pm

colinf wrote:
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Phil, I don't think Guy has anything as he told me it wasn't on the register when i first purchased it in February.
In that case, looks like hoping the previous owner of the time is a) around and b) spots it..


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Post by TrevorG » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:23 pm

That colour and sheen looks identical to my old mgtfvvt......might be worth a check!?
It's a rare colour....mg code is FAB
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Post by TrevorG » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:27 pm

A vibrant orange tf
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Post by philhoward » Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:20 pm

TF came out after this was resprayed though?


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Post by philhoward » Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:22 pm

It could, of course, be a custom colour - that looks a very deep flake?


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Post by TrevorG » Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:36 pm

Sorry, put a t in when it was an mgf.....1998 so that's why I thought possible!



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Post by philhoward » Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:43 pm

:mrgreen:


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Post by adamwilkes » Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:56 pm

colinf wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:33 pm
Took it to my local paint factors who said "shouldn't be a problem - we'll just scan it and mix it up accordingly" Well that was a non starter, the scanner couldn't identify it. They then tried the tried and tested "paint chips" route with the predictable results of " nothing even close".
Try a few proper car paint spraying companies - they should have hundreds of colour-cards to check against - plus lots of experience.


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Post by TrevorG » Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:18 pm

Scanning is only as good as the scanner and operator. With prices of scanners ranging from a few thousand pounds to many hundred thousand, it's a bit like comparing the performance of a ssangyong driven by an old git like me with a Ferrari driven by an f1 driver! 🤔🤔🤔



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Post by rjudcsx » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:53 pm

Totally agree Trevor , I empathise with colinf having just had a similar situation with my white 5a [ more variations than stars in the sky ] , then you have the added issue of fade / oxidation and if the sprayer just added a bit of what ever . I would agree with doing your utmost in tracking the previous owner down . A bit like researching your ancestors , do you have any old documentation , old MOTs , invoices for parts or work done [ a old , battered Autobooks manual came with my car and I found hand written notes on one page re a garage quote ] .You my not find the answer on your first contact but they may point you the right way . May there have been a register taken by some one at Harewood House I appreciate the issues re Data Protection but there are ways and means . My gut says to me TVR but I have no evidence . I am pleased you are resisting the bol.... that I have heard from some of my local paint suppliers , for some reason the paint issue has been the most annoying element of my old girls re birth . Regards Richard .



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Post by Laters » Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:10 pm

To add to the others findings of paint scanning.
My last kit car was painted in a custom mixed colour that more than a few people tried to match and had it scanned more than a few times.
The last place I tried was one of the local body shops with their own paint mixing scheme.
They got their paint scanner out and scanned the paint on the car & the results were pretty much spot on.

From what the guy told me.
Some of the scanners will only get the closest match of paint from a database of colours where some of the paint scanners will come up with a one off custom paint mix that in theory should be a good match.
Adding flakes, metallics and pearl paints to the mix makes things a lot more difficult & thats where mixing/matching by eye by someone who has plenty of experience is the only way of getting a good match sometimes.


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