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HELP ------->matching paint to an old derosa for touch ups(4 posts)

HELP ------->matching paint to an old derosa for touch upstronracer
May 2, 2002 6:36 PM
Hey all, The paint is called Ferrari Red I believe. Could I get it through Derosa? It is an early eighties vintage. I went to home depot to try to match the color, but they said it was too rich for an oil base and didn't carry it?!? Also when I retouch it, any tips to make it as unnoticable as possible?
an exact paint match is a tricky thingSpirito
May 2, 2002 10:58 PM
the best thing to do is to buy a tub of testor's model paint. available at most art stores in small tins and it holds well.
the other thing to do is use nail polishbut most department stores will frown at you bringing your frame to the beauty counter and getting a good idea of the right hue.

dont get too obsessive as anyone buying a used frame is not going to be upset of not an exact match for touch-ups. best to give the metal a light sand with fine paper before to get rid of any debris or light surface rust before paint or nail polish goes on.

i like nail polish - ;-) - as if you make a mistake or get overzealos its easy to remove.

if it is ferrari red (also known as monza red) which is a very distinct hue and not widely used on bicycles then any good auto-paint shop with have a log to make that specific paint. expensive - yes, worth it - no.
Testors has paint called model masterDave Hickey
May 3, 2002 3:29 AM
Go to a well stocked hobby store and look for Testors Model Master line. They sell a Ferrari red.
Testors has paint called model masterWalter
May 12, 2002 7:56 AM
As a one time avid and still occasional scale model builder I can tell you that Model Master is excellent. Don't mess with the standard Testors that comes in the smaller jars, consistency is terrible.

If you really want to obsess you can buy a small co2 spray gun designed for scale models +/- $20), thin your paint out, mask off the area and create a seamless touch-up.

Obsessive--yes but still a lot cheaper than the automotive paint which would still need to be applied.