After having the old tires removed from three of the wheels that were on my car, I can see the factory green bands where the tire mounts. That tells me that these wheels probably still have their original paint. At least they have never been media blasted. I’m not seeing metallic particles in that paint. It doesn’t look like any metallic paint I am familiar with.Correct Mopar argent paint (light or dark) has a metallic fleck to it.
I was going to use the VHT SP188, if I had not chosen to go the spray gun route. I used a spray gun to paint wheels years ago, and it was not nearly as much of a hassle as this attempt.
You could have saved all of your time and aggravation if you would have just purchased the paint from Chas. Correct, OEM formula.
But what do I know. lol
Do any of your local paint shops have a Paint Spectrometer?Your Chas is selling rattle can paint. I wanted a better quality paint than rattle can shit. And I didn’t want to shake a can till my arm fell off. After all I’ve been through, and looking back though, I probably should’ve just gone with rattle cans.. I’m trying to resolve this to my satisfaction with the spray gun.
According to the color expert at PPG (the company), there is NO correct formula in existence for DX-8555. You’d have to go back in a time machine to the early 70s to obtain it. And be able to replicate the exact components of the formula today. All these OEM Mopar Argent paints that people are selling and touting as the original formula are just approximations and guesses. Maybe some of them are better than what my PPG dealer has come up with, that’s probably true..
The only cars out there with the correct DX-8555 paint on their Rallye Wheels are survivors with original wheel paint. And that paint is now 50 years old so it no longer looks like it did 50 years ago.
At this point I’m just looking for something that I am personally happy with. Not looking to reproduce the original color from 50 years ago, exactly, because that’s impossible.
Do any of your local paint shops have a Paint Spectrometer?
That's how we formulated the FC7 for my GTX 22 years ago. It was way better than the Sherwin Williams "Correct OEM' type paint...which ended up looking more like something from a vivid carnival mural. I kept that pint of paint for S&G later in life....I might see about spraying some out one day.
Here are some photos of the car with the 8568 painted wheels and the new Milestar Streetsteel tires. Another thing about this 8568 is it photographs inconsistently. It looks noticeably different in different lighting conditions. But in general it’s too dark looking, and with the amount of matting agent that was in it, too dull looking.
I can’t stand the way the wheel paint looks in the rear three-quarter view photo. The front three-quarter view looks better. This difference isn’t just in the photographs, in person you can see a difference as well. At times the 8568 looks like a cool bluish gray. Like it belongs in the movie Terminator 2. The old paint that was on my wheels always looked silver no matter what the lighting conditions. It never looked gray and it never looked bluish. I never even questioned if it was authentic, it just looked right..
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Good point Kiwi,
For my 1969 SC/Rambler, PPG told me that the White color was not available
So, I consulted with Matrix.
I spoke with the "Color Expert" from Matrix and "SHE" said : No problem, we can make any paint color match with the Hewlett-Packard 5710-A dual-column gas chromatograph...
My Cousin Vinny (1992)
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Yeah, it can be replicated
Matrix color was "Linen White"