I am getting ready to paint my car and have pretty much decided on Gunmetal Blue. There are pictures of cars posted on the internet which are supposedly gunmetal blue, but it's very difficult to evaluate the color due to different lighting, surroundings, screens, etc.
Has anyone used the PPG Acrylic Lacquer in the Gunmetal blue color?
If so, could you comment on the outcome? I understand this color is quite green.
This is the paint used by Gordon Koll, on his very nice '27 plain Jane (non-electric) runabout.
duPont Lucite acrylic lacquer 1928 Model A Gunmetal Blue code 436
Have seen this T and it looks real good in this hue.
My knowledge about paints if very limited. I thought that just by having the formula it was a done deed, the color would just magically appear. Not so, according to the automotive painters in Spain. They tell me that colors can vary drastically depending on the type of paint, the brand and all kinds of other factors.
My painter made up a sample from a PPG formula and it looked more green than blue. Later I read on the forum that Gunmetal Blue has a very green hue to it, so I'm thinking that maybe the sample actually came out correct and my expectation is off base. I also read that this color changes quite a bit in tone depending on the light. I used to have a CitroŽn 2CV painted Glacier Blue that could take on a very purplish look depending on the light so I do understand the concept.
I really like the blue on Gordon Koll's car (thanks Dan) and would be very happy if my paint came out like his!
I don't think you should see a green hue in Gunmetal Blue.
My observation was taken from Marshall Daut's statement at the end of this thread: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/29/45510.html?1200606423
Again, I can't claim to know a lot about formulating paints. I can however vouch for the fact that before having cataract surgery, my ability to distinguish between blues and greens was very affected and I found myself getting into discussions about what was "blue" and what was "green". This just makes me ever more conscious that what each of us is seeing could be markedly different. That's how one person can really like a color and other's say it's just awful. I'm getting a little off track here, but suppose it's all part of the painting game.
My painter will just need to make more samples and change whatever it is that needs to be changed until the color comes out as expected.