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Lacquer Paint for a 1967 BJ8

777jag

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Help! My car is in a body shop having very small section touched up and the shop called and told me that the paint is Lacquer and he doesn't know where to buy it or the color code. It is British racing green. What do you suggest?
 

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There is a place in Dallas Texas that still had a bit a few years ago. You might call David Turner in Houston Texas. He might have a lead. 7135243990
 

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The big question is whether or not it is the original BRG paint or a respray that matched the original. There are several shades or BRG. Austin Healey used two GN 25 and GN 29. GN 29 or dark British Racing Green was used on the BJ8's. I believe PPG color code 47221 would be a correct match, but I would have a small amount made to check it out.
 

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I have used: https://www.autocolorlibrary.com/scripts/depot.exe?pgm=aclgate.bbx
to mix the Colorado Red for my Healey. As their ad says, Jimmy Chips is the paint expert. I sent them my original red splash shield that still had original paint and they matched it exactly. If you can take the time to ship them a sample they can match it. They carry PPG Acyrlic Lacquer. Watch for sticker shock, Colorado Red is 540.00 a gallon, though shipping is free!

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Ken
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Well lets see, I think $540/Gal is a bit over the top.However, We use a PPG supplier who can computer color match anything you have. Consequently, there should be a similar type service in most large cities I suspect.---Fwiw---Keoke
 

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Historical paint formulas are fairly useless for a touch up job. The paint manufacturers often fool around with the base colors and the paints put on at the factory were not very consistent either. Add a bit of fade from the weather, and you usually find paint mixed to factory formula isn't even close to what's on your car.

I have had better luck with a skilled technician who takes a panel from your car and matches it by eye. Ask around locally, there are usually one or two folks in most towns who have a great reputation for doing this well.
 

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Believe me the computer does not miss it will duplicate any point on a weathered car.--Keoke /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yesnod.gif
 
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Thanks to everyone for all of your help. I found Marvin, the owner of William Wolf & Co very knowledgable. he confirmed that nitreous lacquer will go over acrlyic but not visa versa. I was also able to find out that the car was Gn 25 BRG. Thanks again.
 

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Say Healey 100, Keoke is right about the ability of the computer, it reads your sample with its optic eye and spues forth the correct formulation to match what it sees. That's different than just mixing according to original manufacturers spec. BUT, you are also right in my unhumble opinion that a skilled technician will really dial it in because he or she has the eye for colour. I have a good friend whom is of that pedigree. When he makes an adjustment to the paint, there are no complaints. NOW the real trick here is that not all these experts abouts here anymore have the pigments, etc, to mix lacquers.
 

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Yep Vette, plus modern gasoline eats nitrocellulose lacquer alive.---Keoke- /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yesnod.gif
 

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777jag,
Just to repeat. GN25, British Racing Green was used on BJ7's not the 67 BJ8. Healey changed colors in 64 for the BJ8 and went to GN29, called Dark British Racing Green. GN 25 is lighter with more yellow in the paint. That is not to say that your BJ8 wasn't repainted at one time with GN25. I also have a BJ8 and the previous owner repainted mine with GN25 although I have taken it back to the original BRG color. When I researched the color for my car, many paint suppliers and companies were confused by the two different shades. My painter actually had some of both shades made up for me, so that I could choose the one I wanted. Be careful.
 
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I just got my car back and the color is perfect. My shop had to mix 2 parts GN25 and 3 parts GN29. Thanks again for your advice.
 
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