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Mixing Dark Cherry Red Paint

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Old 07-28-2010, 05:18:09 PM
ALora ALora is offline
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Default Mixing Dark Cherry Red Paint

I am having trouble getting a dark cherry red paint using basic oil base enamel. Paint store simply mixes black into red base but I get rust color then if more black is added sort of brown purple. I want to match the red on an old engine which still has most of the original paint. Where the old paint is not damaged by dirt and chips it appears beautiful. I have made some replacement parts, so I want to retain original paint if possible. I can mix the paint dark enough but not dark and red enough.
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Default Re: Mixing Dark Cherry Red Paint

go to auto paint supplier and look at the color chip books. they can mix it while you wait.
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Default Re: Mixing Dark Cherry Red Paint

I have had good luck as Rod said at an auto paint supplier.
I have great luck with acrylic enamel, its old fashioned but spays on easy, shines and tolerates gas and oil.

My local paint supplier can also mix a custom color and put it in an aerosol can somehow,which is handy.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:39:29 PM
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Exclamation Re: Mixing Dark Cherry Red Paint

Find a Sherwin-Williams acryllic paint dealer. They can computer match a paint chip and mix the paint you need.

To darken red, you actually have to add blue to it. Black really won't work. As Steven K noted, it can be put in rattle cans, or be sold by the quart. In my experiance, rattle can shelf life is about 6 months.
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Old 01-18-2011, 09:29:17 AM
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Default Re: Mixing Dark Cherry Red Paint

Thought i would try mixing a little blue in my bright red paint and it worked great to darken the red ,thanks Andrew ,these posts are the best Thanks Harry!
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Default Re: Mixing Dark Cherry Red Paint

Yep, BLUE is used to darken reds..... I used to love mixing the colors when I was part owner in the paint mfg business!
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