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October 2009 Issue
 
ARTICLE
 
Original Paint Chips
By Robert McLellan
 

For restorers and car owners who are diehard originalists, finding a set of paint chips for the year and model of car that is being restored is equivalent to finding a gold mine. These sets not only show the exact colors that were being offered for a particular year, but they also include mixing information, color combinations that were available, code numbers and other identifying information.

While researching this article I found a fabulous resource for those of you who are restoring a car on the DuPont web site. Click here to go to DuPont's Historical Color Chip Library. Now you're probably wondering why I'm giving you this information when our company, McLellan's Automotive History, has the actual paint chips for sale. That is the exact reason I'm doing so. To quote the DuPont website, "Have you ever had difficulty hunting down the original color information for a restoration job or a clean, older model in need of repair? Like most painters, we would bet you have. Out-of-print color chips are extremely difficult to obtain, and getting harder to find every day." I couldn't have said it better myself!

And they go on to say that "These scanned color chips [which they show on the website] are only a representation of the actual color. Colors may vary due to differences in monitors as well as chip production methods over the years." For this reason it is always better to have an original paint chip chart if you're lucky enough to find one for your car.

With those chips the company can use their color matching tools (i.e. ChromaVision, AcquireX, X-Pert, VINdicator and DuPont Top Mix) to match and mix the exact color you need for authenticity.

But how about fading and/or discoloration? As long as the paint chip charts were not exposed to direct sunlight the colors should be true. And the chips we have were in books and haven't seen the light of day in years. If we have the one you need you can be confident that it is the color that was used on your car in the 1930s, 40s or 50s.

Here is a list of the years and makes that we have at the present time for DuPont and Ditzler Automotive Finishes:

1950 Buick View photo      View description
1952 Buick View photo      View description
1954 Buick View photo      View description
1941-1942 & 1946 Cadillac View photo      View description
1948 Cadillac View photo      View description
1949-1950 Cadillac View photo      View description
1954 Cadillac View photo      View description
1956 Cadillac View photo      View description
1939 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1940 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1942 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1949 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1950 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1950 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1951 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1951 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1953 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1956 Chevrolet (Trucks) View photo      View description
1941-1942 & 1946 Chevrolet View photo      View description
1935-1936 Chrysler . Chevrolet . Ford View photo      View description
1939 Chrysler View photo      View description
1940 Chrysler View photo      View description
1940 Chrysler View photo      View description
1941 Chrysler View photo      View description
1941 Chrysler View photo      View description
1941 Chrysler View photo      View description
1941-1942 and 1946 Chrysler View photo      View description
1942 Chrysler View photo      View description
1942 Chrysler View photo      View description
1949 Chrysler View photo      View description
1949 Chrysler View photo      View description
1950 Chrysler View photo      View description
1951 Chrysler View photo      View description
1951 Chrysler View photo      View description
1952 Chrysler View photo      View description
1952 Chrysler View photo      View description
1953 Chrysler View photo      View description
1954 Chrysler View photo      View description
1955 Chrysler View photo      View description
1955-1956 Chrysler View photo      View description
1973 Chrysler Corporation View photo      View description
1973 Chrysler Corporation - Interior View photo      View description
1978 Chrysler Corporation View photo      View description
1938 DeSoto View photo      View description
1939 DeSoto View photo      View description
1939 DeSoto View photo      View description
1940 DeSoto View photo      View description
1940 DeSoto View photo      View description
1941 DeSoto View photo      View description
1941 DeSoto View photo      View description
1941 DeSoto View photo      View description
1941-1942 & 1946 DeSoto View photo      View description
1942 DeSoto View photo      View description
1942 DeSoto View photo      View description
1949 DeSoto View photo      View description
1950 DeSoto View photo      View description
1952 DeSoto View photo      View description
1953 DeSoto View photo      View description
1954 DeSoto View photo      View description
1955 DeSoto View photo      View description
1939 Dodge View photo      View description
1939 Dodge View photo      View description
1940 Dodge View photo      View description
1940 Dodge View photo      View description
1941 Dodge View photo      View description
1941 Dodge View photo      View description
1942 Dodge View photo      View description
1942 Dodge View photo      View description
1949 Dodge View photo      View description
1949 Dodge View photo      View description
1950 Dodge View photo      View description
1951 Dodge View photo      View description
1951 Dodge View photo      View description
1952 Dodge View photo      View description
1953 Dodge View photo      View description
1954 Dodge View photo      View description
1955 Dodge View photo      View description
1956 Dodge View photo      View description
1937 Ford . Lincoln . Hudson View photo      View description
1938 Ford View photo      View description
1942 Ford/Mercury View photo      View description
1942 Ford/Mercury View photo      View description
1949 Ford View photo      View description
1950 Ford/Mercury View photo      View description
1951 Ford/Mercury View photo      View description
1952 Ford/Mercury View photo      View description
1952 Ford/Mercury View photo      View description
1953 Ford View photo      View description
1954 Ford View photo      View description
1937 General Motors View photo      View description
1937 Graham . Nash . Packard View photo      View description
1948 Hudson View photo      View description
1949 Hudson View photo      View description
1952 Hudson View photo      View description
1953 Hudson View photo      View description
1954 Hudson View photo      View description
1954 Kaiser/Willys View photo      View description
1955 Kaiser/Willys View photo      View description
1951 Kaiser-Frazer View photo      View description
1941 and 1942 Lincoln/Zephyr View photo      View description
1949 Lincoln/Mercury View photo      View description
1952 Lincoln View photo      View description
1953 Lincoln View photo      View description
1954 Lincoln View photo      View description
1955 Lincoln View photo      View description
1956 Lincoln View photo      View description
1950 Mercury View photo      View description
1953 Mercury View photo      View description
1954 Mercury View photo      View description
1955 Mercury View photo      View description
1956 Mercury View photo      View description
1941-1942 and 1946 Nash View photo      View description
1947-1948 Nash View photo      View description
1949 Nash View photo      View description
1950 Nash View photo      View description
1950 Nash View photo      View description
1951 Nash View photo      View description
1955 Nash/Hudson View photo      View description
1956 Nash/Hudson View photo      View description
1941-1942 and 1946 Oldmobile View photo      View description
1947-1948 Oldsmobile View photo      View description
1949-1950 Oldsmobile View photo      View description
1950 Oldsmobile View photo      View description
1950 Oldsmobile View photo      View description
1951 Oldsmobile View photo      View description
1952 Oldsmobile View photo      View description
1953 Oldsmobile View photo      View description
1954 Oldsmobile View photo      View description
1956 Oldsmobile View photo      View description
1941-1942 and 1946-1947 Packard View photo      View description
1948 Packard View photo      View description
1951 Packard View photo      View description
1952 Packard View photo      View description
1954 Packard View photo      View description
1955 Packard View photo      View description
1956 Packard View photo      View description
1939 Plymouth View photo      View description
1939 Plymouth View photo      View description
1940 Plymouth View photo      View description
1940 Plymouth View photo      View description
1941-1942 and 1946 Plymouth View photo      View description
1942 Plymouth View photo      View description
1942 Plymouth View photo      View description
1949 Plymouth View photo      View description
1950 Plymouth View photo      View description
1950 Plymouth View photo      View description
1953 Plymouth View photo      View description
1954 Plymouth View photo      View description
1955 Plymouth View photo      View description
1956 Plymouth View photo      View description
1957 Plymouth View photo      View description
1975 Plymouth View photo      View description
1976 Plymouth View photo      View description
1941-1942 and 1946 Pontiac View photo      View description
1948 Pontiac View photo      View description
1949 Pontiac View photo      View description
1950 Pontiac View photo      View description
1952 Pontiac View photo      View description
1953 Pontiac View photo      View description
1954 Pontiac View photo      View description
1946-1947 Studebaker View photo      View description
1948 Studebaker View photo      View description
1949 Studebaker View photo      View description
1950 Studebaker View photo      View description
1950 Studebaker View photo      View description
1951 Studebaker View photo      View description
1953 Studebaker View photo      View description
1954 Studebaker View photo      View description
1955 Studebaker View photo      View description
1956 Studebaker View photo      View description
1950 Willys View photo      View description
1956 Willys View photo      View description
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, October 2009
 
 
 
 
 
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