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There was a thread a while back where a company was mentioned that sold custom rattle can colours that matched our cars. I can't for the life of me find that thread. Does anyone remember the company name?
-thanks, dude99
 

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ahhhh! thank you. I knew someone would know. Now a couple more questions. I'm rattling a fairly large area and of course I want the best possible finish. So should I go with the single stage or the clear\base coat? Also, about how much can I expect to cover with 12.5oz can? if it helps I'm spraying an entire fender on my w123. I know rattle can isn't ideal but it's all the budget can afford right now and it'll look better than primer grey....

Also if it makes a difference my car is Astral Silver (metallic)
 

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I would go with a base coat and then clear coat to match the rest of the car, one can should be enough for the base coat because it's just for color, the protection is from the clear coat so you'll need multipe coats (and a clean area to apply it). Since it's just the fender it should be fairly easy to make it look good, a rattle can paint job can look fine if done properly especially in a small area, just make sure not to get any runs and then wet sand the clear coat to get rid of orange peel (if there is too much orange peel, some orange peel will look like stock and match the rest of the car, so it depends on what the final product looks like), I would probably go with 600 grit wrapped around a carpenters pencil (don't use your bare hands it won't look good) or a real sanding block if you have it, then move up to 1000 then 1500 grit, on such a small area you could use george bushes favorite pen to color the whole fender and then sand just until the pen ink is gone (real painters use a special paint or a really light coat of base color) it's not needed but it helps, then I would take it too a detailer and have them finish it, unless you can compound it and polish it your self. It will look very stock when your done, but the rattle can color probably won't be exact anyway, I would take the gas door off and bring it to a local paint shop and have them mix up some custom cans, the color will probably be more exact if they can copy the actually paint from the car instead of just looking it up in a database and then mixing like that.
 

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Ok, so I', about to order my rattle cans (2 cans of base coat and 2 cans of clear) and I have one final question. It come up with a warning saying that they may not be able to match my paint color exactly because the car was made before 1981. I realize the paint won't be a close enough match to hold up to a close inspection but does anyone have any experience here to be able to tell me how close they come?
 

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hmmm, it would seem they don't ship rattle cans over the boarder... anyone have a Canadian company that they had good experience with?
 

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Sadly there aren't many local paint shops around that don';t charge and arm and a leg for everything.. So I'll try the above website first, thanks for the link...
 
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