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I want to buy some rattle-can paint to touch up some body panels and paint new door mirrors.  the color of my car is not the factory color, and I have no idea what color red this is.  1) anyone have a good guess as to what color red this is? 2) where can I buy paint?

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+1, have it scanned. It's impossible to tell what color of red that is. No only are there 100s of shares of red, the camera you used, the time of day, cloudy or sunny, smoke, smog or haze, and the screen I am using to look at it all shift the colors. Even the reflection from the building changes the apparent shade of red.

The paint store can also make up the correct touch up paint for you.

 
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Polish the spot that you want them to match, Orange peel, scratches etc. have an effect on the reading. An area about the size of a business card is good. Some auto paint stores can put single stage even 2K or base coat in spray cans for you

 

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Many GOOD auto parts stores also mix paint. My local Car-Quest/Raymac have a guy who's main job is mixing paint. However, to get it "camera'd" you likely will need an Auto Body shop supplier. They can mix base/clear in rattle cans. I do this for my daily drivers to deal with "shopping cart" dings. Prep is KEY to a good job the will match in seamlessly. If you have never done any bodywork and painting, might be worth paying someone to do it. Not necessarily a pro, but someone who has good experience with bodywork.

If that paint is original, the code is on the driver's door label, but even then the paint will have faded or changed with age. Also, some of the older PPG codes no longer correspond to newer paint types, so you'll likely need it scanned anyway.

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Finding auto paint supplier to provide custom aerosol cans could be expensive.

Once color is scanned and they mix up a pint or so, pick up a Preval sprayer (and appropriate thinners for paint and cleanup)

https://www.amazon.com/Preval-0225-2-Pack/dp/B00CW809ZO  or https://www.homedepot.com/p/Preval-9-oz-Complete-Spray-Gun-267/202533738

I try to have one or two Preval units on hand since they are so useful.
Yes very useful when you have a pint (or so) mixed up. A pint will go a long way compared to rattle cans when mixed correctly.

 
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My local autobody paint supply house will mix up the paint and put in an aerosol can for you for around $25.  That is single stage.
That's about the same as here in Iowa. As has been stated earlier, use appropriate mask and protection.

 

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The people that I deal with sell axalta products. They will make 1/2 pints in nason or cromax that's enough for 2 spray cans of base at about 10.00 ea. plus the cost of the red (expensive) paint. They have a couple different 2 part aerosol clears at around 20.00. That work surprisingly well. While I also find preval spayers quite handy modern aerosols like Spray Max would give better results at least with clear or single stage on your mirrors. A preval for the base and can of clear would be good. Only my opinion

 
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I have plenty of experience with HVLP sprayers from my woodworking, just never applied the concepts to metal. I suppose I could make some new mirrors out of wood for a "custom" look.

I may swing by the local collision repair place and see if I can pay them for a paint scan. they only do insurance work, but maybe they will do me a favor. if not, I'll try to find another place.

the paint is not original. the original color was "bronze", which is Spanish for bronze I think....not a bad color, but its not the color the car is today.

 

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I have plenty of experience with HVLP sprayers from my woodworking, just never applied the concepts to metal.  I suppose I could make some new mirrors out of wood for a "custom" look.

I may swing by the local collision repair place and see if I can pay them for a paint scan. they only do insurance work, but maybe they will do me a favor.  if not, I'll try to find another place.

the paint is not original. the original color was "bronze", which is Spanish for bronze I think....not a bad color, but its not the color the car is today.
I wouldn't bother with an auto body shop. Pick a paint manufacturer, such as PPG, RM/BASF, Dupont etc, and hit their webpage up for the location of a distributor. They can scan the car right there and mix up paint while you wait. We have two supply houses local and each one carries a different paint. One's a PPG house, the other sells RM/BASF. Both will do the rattle cans of base coat for about $25. If you go the rattle can route for the clear, stay away from the acrylic, make sure you get the 2K urethane. I tried the acrylic and the gloss level is meh at best. 

https://us.ppgrefinish.com/PPG-Refinish/Home

http://refinish.basf.us/where-to-buy/

I used a Preval on a couple trim parts for the base, it worked fine. Even the el-cheapo HVLP gravity feed gun I bought from HF worked fine for the wheels.

 
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I believe someone mentioned earlier the Prevals, they work just like a rattle can, only better. The other possibility is an air brush, for small areas.

You can also get Preval sprayers at O'Reilly stores, along with the pressure refills.

 
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I saw the link for Preval. looks like I can buy them at Home Depot. I'll try to get a single stage mix so I can shoot color/clear in one shot. I assume I will need primer as well, and something to mix the paint with to thin it for spraying.

 
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