Car Paint Match for Antique Olive

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  1. THRobinson

    THRobinson Squier-Meister

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    Anyone know of a good match for Fender's Antique Olive Green here in Canada? Places like StewMac don't ship across the border because of certain laws regarding chemicals and explosive cans.

    I tried Krylon, had a good colour of the same name... but very thin, mostly solvent I think than pigment. Was like painting with coloured water, same as their primer. Returned all the unopened cans I had because just not very good at all. Bad batch maybe? old? Shook the can for the full 2 minutes so shoulda been mixed well enough.

    Looking for a car paint that matches. Unfortunately, can't search simply by name because every company has a variation of it and most seem either too light, or too much white mixed in.

    Hoping someone may have used a paint that matches and has a paint code or something I can take to the car shop and have a can mixed up. Not looking for nitro.... it's a cheap $100 guitar, gonna be the beater guitar.
     
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  2. dbrian66

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  3. THRobinson

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    Painted at room temp, so I guess 70-72 degrees. Maybe the store had really old cans and most of the pigment settled.

    Rust-Oleum is close but oil based. Not sure how that reacts with the clear I'll be using. Hoping Fender used a car colour and someone may know what year/make it was.

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  4. dbrian66

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  5. THRobinson

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    Ya, Gibson and Fender used car paint colours for a lot of their guitars... Problem is, I can't find Antique Olive.

    Very likely a colour they had made for them, but then again non-metallic/pearl greens were popular pre-'70s.

    It's popular enough though that I'm sure someone had it made for a project or touch-up paint. Hoping they have a paint code for it or info about what car it was on.
     
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  6. THRobinson

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    '70s Mercedes Benz Cactus Green, is pretty close... Though like all internet photos, no two photos look the same colour and no idea how colour correct they are.
     
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  7. THRobinson

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    Resurrection! Think I stumbled on the matching colour for Antique Olive today, if not, it's darn close... made a side-by-side, off-chance anyone else is looking for the colour.

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  8. dbrian66

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    Glad you found it.

    Not sure if it’s my phone or something you did, but I can’t see the image you posted.
     
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  9. THRobinson

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    It's a PNG file not JPG... not sure if phone browsers display PNG or not. I use to use JPG all the time but quality/size wise PNG is a bit better so been using it for stuff lately. Maybe forum posts I'll have to switch back to JPG.

    Can't say I ever tried browsing on a phone. Computer at home and at work, bigger screen so never bother with the phone. :D

    I was looking at doing an aged/relic of a Squier SE I just got, originally for an SRV clone, but saw some photos of green guitars where the paint wore down to the tri-burst layer underneath and liked that a lot. Was browsing random green colours and of course NOW I find a match for Antique Olive. :D
     
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  10. THRobinson

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    Give this a try, same image as a JPG

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  11. dbrian66

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    I can see that! That looks pretty close. Definitely a cool color.
     
  12. THRobinson

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    Well, I'll have to remember, JPG for the phone-folk. :D

    I think that particular paint code was something like 1954-1957, which may explain why if you search by paint name only, the colours are all over the place. I understand different lighting and monitors etc... but these are just different colours.

    Was looking to relic a guitar with a tri-burst Squier SE I just got... so just made a quick mock-up with that colour and, looks pretty good...

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  14. THRobinson

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    Ya I figured maybe that colour as well, because Ford... Fender/Gibson seemed to be big fans of Ford/GM colours primarily, but ya, most of the images I saw of it were closer to being a mint colour almost.

    Few Fender colours I haven't figured out yet. My P Bass Squier I wanted to paint Midnight Wine, and no one seemed to know what it was either. Likely will use Dark Toreador Red Metallic, which is a Ford colour and seems close.

    Jade Green Metallic, never found that. I think Nissan maybe Toyota has a colour that name, but definitely doesn't look the same.

    We need an updated chart. Most of the basic classic colours have been figured out... but many that haven't.
     
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  15. THRobinson

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    Hmm... painting today finally, and not quite the same colour. Colour is close, but a bit too much white added I think. Kinda stuck debating to either keep painting or get another colour.
     
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  16. squierbilly

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    Looks like military olive to me..
     
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  18. One of the members some yeas ago (no longer posting that I know of) did a Sage green rattle can paint on an Affinity.
    It's lighter in color than you want but I liked the color enough to save a pic.

    Sage Green Strat 01.jpg

    Cheers, Barrie.
     
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  19. THRobinson

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    Well... that photo isn't Olive Drab, it's actually Commando Green... which is close, but not the same. I used it already for a guitar I built my nephew last year. Frankencaster with a Frankenstein paint job.


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  20. THRobinson

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    So... tried that VW paint, and was either mixed wrong or not the right photo because came out very... minty.

    Sat there at the shop an hour flipping through books of paint, and finally found 2 colours that were both extremely close and on the same page for the same car. One of those where one was the right colour not dark enough, the other was the right tone but needed a hint for yellow/green... but also depended on which photo you looked at online.

    I ended up grabbing Toyota 1970-72 Nebula Green (Dupont T0622) ... the Fashion Green was also really close. Was a hard choice. Just sprayed my guitar with Nebula Green and very happy with the colour.

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