Building two Aston Martins for my 1959 F.1 series, I decided that given the fact that Aston Martin themselves never really had a set colour for their cars I opted to match the paint colour to my diecast model of the 1959 Le Mans winner.
I am fortunate in that an in-law runs a car body shop and allows me to go through paint slips to match colours. The nearest match I could get to my Le Mans Aston was actually a Daewoo colour. So off I trotted with the reference, to my local Halfords to get it mixed.
The paint seemed to be coming out rather dark compared to the diecast model so I took paint, model, slot car shell and paint slip back to Halfords. The 'paint expert' took one look at it and said "It's the right colour - you just haven't got enough paint on it and it needs lacquering. Warm the can and make sure the bodyshell is not cold as you spray it." Well, I did all that, exactly as he suggested and needless to say the colour got darker and darker.
I gave up on that and went back to the body shop to choose another match. This time I found an Opel/Vauxhall colour. Back to Halfords and home. As the guy was mixing the paint he muttered words along the lines of "This doesn't look exactly like your model." He wasn't wrong.
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Edited by Barry Boor, 09 October 2010 - 07:35.