Willow green paint

terryjm1

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I am replacing the inner fender on my willow green D1. Nothing on the outside will need to be painted. I dont really want to spend the time or money to buy paint, hardener, reducer, and go through the whole paint gun spray process. It is already in black factory primer.

i have been unable to find “dupli color” or similar spray cans in LR willow green.

Anyone know of an off the shelf “rustoleum” spray can color that is real close to be good enough in the engine bay?

I figure I can go to to Lowe’s with a piece of the old inner fender and try to find something. But, I will have to bring my wife as I am red / green color blind. It is amazing how many different shades of green look the same to me.
 

Jagfixer

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PaintScratch.com makes spray cans. You might send email with VIN# Body Color# and add picture of color. They matched my 64 Plymouth perfectly, needed more coats before clear, but a perfect match. Some paint stores that provide services to body shops have the equipment to make this too. I have used a local service for domestic cars and works perfect to. Same #s of vehicle needed and maybe a patch of color.
 

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I figure I can go to to Lowe’s with a piece of the old inner fender and try to find something. But, I will have to bring my wife as I am red / green color blind. It is amazing how many different shades of green look the same to me.
Lowe's doesn't sell any paint that belongs on a vehicle. Do it right the first time.
 
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terryjm1

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I spoke to my friend that runs the auto body program at the local high school before I used rattle cans on radiator panel a few years ago. The pint of paint with reducer and hardener was over $200. $15 worth of Dupli-Color and it still looks great and blends right in. He said good quality rattle can paint has come a very long way and was fine for such purposes. I wouldnt paint an exterior panel with rattle cans, but an inner fender, sure.

That being said, I’ll at some point repaint the bonnet and roof. Maybe I‘ll just fast track that and paint the inner fender when I do that. I always have left over paint.
 

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Who cares what color the inner fender well is? Paint it with something bullet proof like POR 15. Sorry being a d!ck. But seriously if you want something that will last more than a couple rain/snow/mud sessions do it right the first time or you will be doing it again. Any paint shop can get the paint code of good epoxy, if you absolutely have to have it match, but is a lot of work. Black matches everything.

I miss my Willow. Loved that color.
 

terryjm1

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Plan to at a minimum coat the under/exposed side with something, POR15 or similar. i plan to do that in many places.
 
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Lowe's doesn't sell any paint that belongs on a vehicle. Do it right the first time.
Sure they do. I've used Rustoleum Professional (tall silver cans) to paint my steel bumpers/sliders/skid plates for the last 15 years, and it works great.
 

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Plan to at a minimum coat the under/exposed side with something, POR15 or similar. i plan to do that in many places.
If you use POR15, keep a few things in mind.

1. It's a moisture cured urethane, so once you open the can, it begins hardening. A trick to keep it fresh is to fill the top with argon gas which displaces less-dense air/moisture, and preserves your can. Bloxygen, wine preserver, and argon welding gas will work.

2. It needs a very rough surface to adhere to. It's very durable, but doesn't adhere well to smooth surfaces. Surface rust actually helps it bond.

3. It's not UV stable. If exposed outside, it will degrade. A top coat will be necessary to protect it.
 

ERover82

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Sure they do. I've used Rustoleum Professional (tall silver cans) to paint my steel bumpers/sliders/skid plates for the last 15 years, and it works great.
I've tried it and wasn't impressed. I've found nothing that beats epoxy enamel (equipment paint), or epoxy primers (non-UV exposed items).