Halford paint

RobMorris

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Hello

I am looking to make a few small touch ups.
Has anyone used Halfords spray paint? What colour should I get?

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You need the Halfords can: Mercedes Brilliant Sliver

I managed the following with the very same can:

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(the can, can be seen in the picture also :) )
 

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HALFORDS Brilliant Silver is a good match in my experience. OTHERWISE many motor factors or paint specialists offer a paint matched aerosol can service. If they are any good they should have a set of colour swatch cards which you can use to compare with your own car's finish and they will provide a paint mix to that spec.-- Does depend on your " eye" or course. Sorry to tell you that silver is one of the hardest colours to get an accurate match on. Think its to do with the distribution and size the reflective particles rather than the "colour" itself.
 

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I think it very much depends on where the panel is and therefore how it reflects light back to your eye. I have used the Halfords brilliant silver on my door bottoms and it is an awful match but it may be my technique!

I did find that you have to keep shaking it during application otherwise it comes out a darker shade especially as the can starts to empty. I got a very good, smooth finish but the match is not good. I have ordered some MB paint and wil ltry again with the technique of shake, spray, shake etc. if not it goes in to the body shop.
 

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I've rarely seen good results with rattle cans. Only Edd China gets a showroom shine (or so we're led to believe!):rolleyes:

Best do the prep yourself and get the local bodyshop to finish off.

Better still, find a local member with the necessary skills.
 

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hi guys the paint is just a tool but you need the skills to use it , if you go to a good paint supplier he or she will mix it for you, now that is a real skill matching the old paints
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Halfords can mix paint while you wait. They charge 13.99 for a 400ml aerosol, or 18.99 for a litre in a tin for use with a spray gun or air brush. They just need the manufacturers colour code. MB dealers charge 18.00 for a 150ml aerosol of the colour coded paint and a 150ml of clear coat in a twin pack. I've tried both (For Malachite green, not silver) and the aersol from the dealer was much better quality, paint went on evenly and even the clear coat didn't get any orange peel effect. There were no problems with the colour match of the halfords mixed aersol, but the paint did run a bit and occaisonly coughed up too much propellant creating spots.

The pre-mixed aerosols halfords have on the shelves seem much better.
 

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Just out of interest , has anyone tried the Halfords 'grey bumper paint' aerosols ?

I have scratches on both corners of my back bumper ( present when I bought the car , I hasten to add ) , as well as one of my Sacco panels . The car is DB199 Blue/Black with plain grey bumpers and Sacco panels .

I could , of course , spray the whole lot , but it would be easier just to get a good match and do only the bits needing painted . I also need to paint the front bumper on the 280SE ( same colour ) .

It would probably make more sense to get a litre mixed up since I do have a compressor and spray gun , and at this time of year it is warm enough to spray in the back garden :)
 

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Silver is a very hard colour to match , even for a pro using spray painting equipment .
The only way to get a good result is to fade out over the pannel then clear coat the whole pannel
 

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have you known anyone to do it with a rattle can?

Spraying large flat areas such as wings and doors with aerosol cans can be very difficult. One problem is spray "bloom" where solvent in the new paint mobilises the old paint resulting in a "boundary layer" between old and new. The result is a "halo effect" where the new paint area is a good match to the old paint [ if its been chosen well] but the boundary may be darker or lighter depending on how the metallic particles and clear lacquer of the old paint have reacted. To be honest its a very difficult finish to achieve on light metallics for this reason. Darker more heavily pigmented metallics are not so bad since the colour intensity overwhelms the metallic particle effect to a greater extent. If you were to spray the raised edge of the wheel arch which is on a different plane to the rest of the wing= slightly more vertical you may get away with it since the eye "expects" a change in reflectivity due to a change in the viewing angle. But a large flat area in the centre of a door in a light metallic for instance is very difficult. The only people who have the necessary skill and equipment can do this are the paint repair guys like dent master and chips away -- and even they can be a variable quality depending on the skill of the sprayer you get. Of all the car trades I think paint spraying is a true art or craft which is only gained by long practice and experience.
 

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