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Old 09-28-2019, 05:49 AM   #1
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Does anyone up here know if the "Detroit-Diesel" Alpine-Green paint is close to the original Merc color? I don't need it to be a perfect match, just close!

I called Hirsch first, they want 50.00 for 2 spray cans, shipped, tells me it is the correct OEM color though!

Thanks, Gary in N.Y.

P.S. If this works I can get 6 cans (a case) of the Alpine shipped for under 50.00!
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:20 AM   #2
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It is close. It's a little bit lighter, and appears more glossy when dry. If both are not next to each other, you'd never know.
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Old 09-28-2019, 06:31 AM   #3
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I have used Hirsch paint [quart] & brushed it on. No brush marks, correct sheen and very durable. mike
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Old 09-28-2019, 07:03 AM   #4
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Painted with the Detroit Green paint
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Old 09-28-2019, 08:30 AM   #5
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Does anyone up here know if the "Detroit-Diesel" Alpine-Green paint is close to the original Merc color? I don't need it to be a perfect match, just close!

I called Hirsch first, they want 50.00 for 2 spray cans, shipped, tells me it is the correct OEM color though!

Thanks, Gary in N.Y.

P.S. If this works I can get 6 cans (a case) of the Alpine shipped for under 50.00!
The problem is that computer monitors don't show the actual color. I have included a picture of the thermostat housing with the original color on one half (left) and Detroit Diesel Alpine Green on the other half (right), to give to a better idea of the color match. With two 53' Mercs sitting side by side, you can't tell the difference in color.

I painted my engine with it 5 years ago and it has held up beautifully. I bought mine at the local auto parts store: NAPA Auto Parts, they carry it in the store.
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Old 09-28-2019, 09:54 AM   #6
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Appreciate all the replies, especially the pictures!

We decided to order the 6/case and finish up. The color is close enough for our purpose here.

If this were a 100% correct restoration my friend who owns a resto shop would "read" the original paint (he uses some sort of light meter) and mix us the 100% correct color. Unnecessary on what I need for now over here.

Thanks, Gary in N.Y.

P.S. The idea to show a comparison between the colors on a "monitor" is a real good one for sure. Sort of "fail-safe" so to speak! I'm also sure the "real" OEM color after 65+ years in service has probably faded just a bit??
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Old 09-28-2019, 10:00 AM   #7
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Appreciate all the replies, especially the pictures!

We decided to order the 6/case and finish up. The color is close enough for our purpose here.

If this were a 100% correct restoration my friend who owns a resto shop would "read" the original paint (he uses some sort of light meter) and mix us the 100% correct color. Unnecessary on what I need for now over here.

Thanks, Gary in N.Y.

P.S. The idea to show a comparison between the colors on a "monitor" is a real good one for sure. Sort of "fail-safe" so to speak! I'm also sure the "real" OEM color after 65+ years in service has probably faded just a bit??
Engine heat will also change the color slightly.
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Old 10-01-2019, 08:34 AM   #8
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I brought this back to show the "Alpine-Green" paint color.

Ended up buying the case/6 for under 50.00 shipped. Certainly beats the 20.00/can price (+ shipping) we were quoted!

Thanks, Gary in N.Y.

P.S. Figured I put a shot here of the right and left OEM Merc water pumps just painted, this is all we were aiming to do, looks excellent as far as me and my customer are concerned?
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:30 PM   #9
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The Hirsch stuff I used some years ago was exact for my 51 but I didn't use the rattle can stuff. I have since used the Duplicolor stuff on several occasions and am not impressed with the quality. The color is just slightly more blue than the OEM was is 51. The OEM has a touch more yellow for a better cast of light green. The color difference is miniscule I know but I'm just picky. I don't like rattle can paint for engines. It just never seems to hold up as well as the good old enamel in a regular can that can be reduced further if needed.
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Old 10-02-2019, 09:35 AM   #10
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I really like the way Hirsch brush on paints flow out.
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Old 10-03-2019, 04:36 AM   #11
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Local NAPA will mix any color, factory chip or custom color for $28 into a rattle can. Takes about hour and requires a special machine and clerk attendance at 2-day t training camp stores can comply.so not all stores will have it.
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