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Old 01-26-2020, 08:46 PM   #1
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2004 Heritage Edition Gold Paint

I've had zero luck locating the original U-Tech paint for my Heritage Edition Dolphin, even though I have the codes from the overhead cabinet, so I took a belly locker door off yesterday and took it to my local PPG dealer to match it. Someone posted on an earlier thread that they thought the Heritage Edition gold was a Toyota color, and coincidentally, the color that we found to be closest was in fact a Toyota color. The problem with metallic paints is that they look different depending on the light and viewing angle, so I really won't know how close we came to the original color until I get the paint laid down.

I'm respraying just the gold areas of the front and rear caps, which have faded from the Arizona sun. The sides still look good. It won't be a huge problem if the match is not exact since the old and new paint will be on different sides of the box.

If the color works out I'll post the paint color/formula up here for any others who may need it.
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Old 03-15-2020, 06:51 PM   #2
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Got the paint codes!

Well my first attempt at finding a standard automotive color that would work for the Heritage Edition Dolphin was a failure. It was too much of a bright gold, where ours has more bronze in it. The local PPG dealer was not very interested in custom mixing anything for me, so I went elsewhere. For an extra $40 they matched the paint to a belly-locker door and gave me a formula that I can repeat if I ever need more paint, and I'm pleased to report that they nailed the color on the first try!

So, to anyone who has a Heritage Edition, here's the formula for PPG Omni MTX (acrylic urethane) paint in a quart size. Whether every Heritage Edition Dolphin was exactly the same shade, who knows, but it works on mine.

MX195 - 17.00
M125 - 95.2
M126 - 127.0
M108 - 104.0
M116 - 48.6
M120 - 11.9
M118 - 7.1
M117 - 10.3
M124 - 6.0
M148 - 10.0
M149 - 544.4
M158 - 1.3

This is a single stage urethane, meaning you don't have to clear coat it, but you can if you want to. I didn't, because that would make the finish too shiny compared to the original that I'm trying to match. Plus, clear coats don't always hold up to our Arizona sun. A urethane paint should be durable enough without it.

Here's how the rear cap turned out. Tomorrow I'll tackle the front end. The sides were in the shade so don't need repainting, except for the a/c access door, which I painted today as well.
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Old 03-16-2020, 01:14 PM   #3
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Great info!
Thanks. I may have that shade on my LTC.
It sure looks like it in the pics
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Old 03-16-2020, 09:27 PM   #4
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Glad to help. I tried everywhere to get the original U-Tech paint, but they're owned by a Dutch company called AkzoNobel, and they seem to be withdrawing from the U.S. market. Most of their sales offices have closed. Having a PPG formula now means we can buy it at any PPG automotive paint dealer whenever we need it.

I bought a quart. That was enough for front and rear caps plus the a/c access door and part of the bedroom slide-out, and I still have 1/3 of a can left over.

I finished painting the gold portions of the front cap today. I bought a new paint gun before starting this project and it's the best thing I ever did. It's a Harbor Freight Black Widow HTE gun, which is supposedly HF's copy of a $600 Sata gun. It sells for $200, or $160 with their 20% off coupon. It's the first really good spray gun I've ever owned and I'm loving it!

The sun was gong down as I took this photo, so the color looks a little off, but you can see how the match worked out between the front cap and the original paint, which is behind the vertical seam line. The dark spot below the turn signal is actually a reflection of my blue jeans.
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