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Thread: Paint matching for apple II and Apple II plus (only)

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    Default Paint matching for apple II and Apple II plus (only)

    I picked up a nice working apple II plus last weekend. Keyboard needs some work as keys arent all showing up but thats to be expected. The only downside of the machines is according to the seller, a few drops of paint thinner were dripped onto the front of the unit. The original Apple II and II plus were painted, unlike the IIe, IIc, and IIgs which were just molded plastic.

    I don't care about recreating the speckled surface as the spots are only about the size of a quarter but I was wondering if anyone has any success matching the paint up to something sold in an aerosol paint can.

    Pleasw let me know, if anyone you painted an Apple II in the past. Thanks

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    Nothing? I know we have discussed paint matching in the forum before.

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    I purchased an Apple II many years ago with a scratched cover and case and re-painted it to my satisfaction using Testor Model spray paint on the case and cover. Nameplate and RFI areas were masked off and I think the results were pretty good. The original paint was slightly darker but good for an off the shelf paint match. This was when Hobby stores still existed and I was able to take the case to the store and physically match colors. Most Hobby stores that catered to Railroad scale model hobyists are long gone but you can buy the paint online. The paint I used was Model Master custom spray enamel "#1933 Camouflage Gray FS 36622". You might buy one can and try it out first on the back of the Apple cover. For best results, you need to repaint the whole case. Better results can be had using an Air Brush and compressor with custom mixed paints; but that is a lot of work.

    >> Charles

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    That looks really good. But If its a beige paint why is it called Camo gray?

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    As to the "grey" name, you would have to ask the company but my guess is back in the day modellers would try to paint model boats/planes etc as accurately as possible so there were many shades of grey for the market to choose from. They ran out of names? The paint is actually a light tan color or it was when I bought this 12 years ago. I kept a few cans for touch-up on my Apple II+ machines. If you try this, paint a small section on the back of the lid first to see what you think.

    >>> Charles

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    Just did a search. A 3oz can is pretty pricey.

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    I bought 2 cans from this distributor: https://www.kingcobraofflorida.com/p...f2c7bdd2&_ss=r
    They look as shady as you can get.. I mean really shady. But I paid via paypal and its much cheaper than the rest with shipping so I should be safe. Fingers crossed.

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    I double checked the paint by spraying a little on some paper and setting it against another Apple II+ machine

    I have that was not painted, and it's a close match. The original paint has a slightly more yellowish tint

    than the new paint but still very close. Several light coats would be best to prevent shiny spots on the

    surface. After fully dried, you might try light waxing as the original had some shine on the "textured" parts

    of the paint but overall looks almost flat and light coats will preserve the original paint texture. Hope it

    works for you.

    >Charles

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    Im pretty hopeful. You did an amazing job on yours. I am not looking for a factory original paint job. Just want ro hide some damagw in a way that doeant draw notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VERAULT View Post
    I bought 2 cans from this distributor. They look as shady as you can get.. I mean really shady.
    More shady then the 8701 chips we bought from aliexpress?

    I'll likely give this a shot too since i have the same issue with a II+ of my own.. I did repaint a IIe before that needed it (someone had repainted it already once and paint remover only made it worse), but just used a home depot beige color on it. It didn't match original really, but I just did the entire case and it looks fine if you don't compare it to another one. But for the II+ I was holding out hoping I could find something closer.

    Was there shipping at that place? what did the total price come out to for two?
    -- Brian

    Systems: Amstad PCW 8256, Apple IIe/II+/GS/Mac+/Mac 512k, Atari 800/520STFM, Commodore 64/128/Amiga 3000/PET 4032/SX-64, IBM PS/1 2121-B82, Kaypro II, Osborne 1, Tandy 1000 SX, TI-99/4A, Timex Sinclair 1000, TRS-80 Color Computer 3/Model 4 GA

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