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Old 05-06-2012, 10:39 AM   #1
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Paint color...

Speaking of paint; Any idea on how to determine the proper shade of white on a boat? I have an older (1980) CHB Europa and I suspect the white that I'm going to need to paint my wheel house is an off-white (cream-white?). I'm suspecting that pure white is too bright.

Any thoughts?
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:30 PM   #2
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All the paint manufacturers give out free color charts. Get a few and do a comparison in various light conditions. Can't remember which but one has a hole in the center of the paint chip to make matching easier. Oh, and get 3 or 4 "opinions" by different folks.
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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It's Awl Grip that has the holes in their color cards.
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I'm impressed and jealous. Could have been Horse Feathers...
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:18 AM   #7
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Somesailor, please let us know your decision on paint color. My '83 Taiwan Trawler also has a similar color as yours. I picked up a gallon of Bright White (Schooner I recall) a few years ago, but it is "too white" .
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:57 AM   #8
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When I was redoing my window frames, I bought some Brightside gloss white and found it too white. I got a small can of the same paint in a buff color and did a mix until it was very close.

It did not take much to tone down the white to where I needed it.

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You will never get an exact match; just do your best to come as close as you like. But if you paint the entire boat, no one but you will ever know....
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Old 05-18-2012, 11:14 PM   #10
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When I was redoing my window frames, I bought some Brightside gloss white and found it too white. I got a small can of the same paint in a buff color and did a mix until it was very close.

It did not take much to tone down the white to where I needed it.

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John, that's a great idea. Gonna give it a try.
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I actually painted a small test area with Brightside White (plain old white) and it matched perfectly so I guess as long as I stay away from the blue tinted whites I'll probably be OK. You can't tell from the dock which area I painted so that's close enough.
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