Rattle can Alpine white/Weiss codes

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Rattle can Alpine white/Weiss codes

Postby HansT » 10 Jul 2018, 15:45

Hi All
Blending and matching over-thirty year old white paint is not exactly fun.
Previously, when touching up the odd blemish Holts HWHI 14 has been a good match. A recent can, with the same code on lid and base of tin gave a distinctly 'apricot white' result. Back to the helpful spares guys - it seems that different codes for Holts alpine white apply, depending on year, so they gave me a tin of HWHI 08. Goldilocks time again - this one is a bit too white...
As the van is still wearing the original factory paint I would like to avoid entire panel resprays unless there is no alternative - even then the old thing deserves a good colour match...
Any one else experienced this? and how did you solve it?
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Re: Rattle can Alpine white/Weiss codes

Postby phinw » 10 Jul 2018, 16:16

I've found the best thing to do is take your van to a place that can match and mix paint. They should have a gadget that can 'read' the colour of the panel. They then mix it exactly and can put it in rattle cans or tins. My local place now has the recipe on file and I can order it for collection. The bottom half of my van was sprayed a nice but non-VW metallic blue by the previous owner and the machine managed to exactly match it.
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Re: Rattle can Alpine white/Weiss codes

Postby HansT » 10 Jul 2018, 16:40

Thanks Phinw, really helpful.
What is the name of your paint mixing wizards?
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Re: Rattle can Alpine white/Weiss codes

Postby phinw » 10 Jul 2018, 20:38

I use Colchester Paint and Panels in Essex but I would imagine most big towns will have a Auto paints place tucked away on an industrial estate somewhere.
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Re: Rattle can Alpine white/Weiss codes

Postby adie89 » 14 Jul 2018, 21:11

Have a look behind your glove box. If your still in original paint you may still have the white sticker about A5 size with all you original spec, and paint codes on it. Your local place will match just with that code. Your probably looking something like L90E for Alpine white, but colours available changed every year, although the paint codes do not.
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Re: Rattle can Alpine white/Weiss codes Update

Postby HansT » 18 Jul 2018, 15:28

Hi All
So - an update.
Adie89, you are correct re paint code label in van. Sadly, the old paintwork has faded more than I realised, which came to light when I removed the sliding door gear cover. The paintwork behind it is a very bright cream white...
Following phinw 's suggestion I searched around and visited Eurocolour in Hemel Hempstead 01442 262914, who kept the sliding gear cover overnight and produced a perfect match in rattle cans the next day. Very helpful people, especially Simon, who went the extra mile.
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Re: Rattle can Alpine white/Weiss codes

Postby phinw » 19 Jul 2018, 08:49

Glad to hear you got a result!

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