Re: {Collins} 75A-4 touch up paint.



Hi, I have a VERY old 75A-4. It has the 4:1 knob and I installed a new drum decal. I also have 5 filters and did 'some' of the 'mods' for it. Of course ALL the paper caps and one mica cap were leaking, badly. The paint was very nice with one or 2 small chips. Being OCD, I had to fix that.Once I found the correct color, here's what I've done for the Collins and also my Swans, and other accessories that need a 'wrinkle chip fix'.....
Put some of the paint in a small metal lid and let it evaporite until it's very thick.I apply the paint using a Q tip. Let it stand for a while and using a wet finger tip, dab the drying spot until it matches.Sounds bizarre and un-healthy, but it works for me.I too, have had mixed results with whole cover wrinkle paint. Lots of variables and sometimes it looks fine, sometimes not.
One last thing, right after I acquired my A-4, I wanted the matching speaker. I was lucky enough to get one of the last ones made by Mort Jones.To my UTTER amazement, the color and wrinkle of the new speaker was an EXACT match to my 1955 vintage A-4.My luck is never usually that good!
ronN4UE

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From: bfetters--- via Collins <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: mchlrende05 <mchlrende05@xxxxxxxxx>; collins <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sat, May 18, 2019 4:53 pm
Subject: Re: {Collins} 75A-4 touch up paint.


The wrinkle finish is a tough one.

If you are just touching up small chips here/there, I just apply the paint.  Generally if it's a small area, it is not too noticable -- wrinkle finish missing or not.

If you are repainting a significant area and the original wrinkle finish is gone, that's a problem -- a real problem. 

About the best "match" I have found is to get a wrinkle finish from Auto Zone (I'd need to check the specific number) and spray the area to be redone.  The actual color doesn't matter because you'll later give it an overspray of St. James.  I believe Auto Zone or some other outlets have a relatively "fine" wrinkle -- it's a bit of trial and error.

That said, achieving a nice uniform wrinkle finish is almost impossible. The temperature, humidity, surface preparation,  etc. all significantly impact results.   I've screwed up some "easy repairs" more than once.  

I think a lot of practice on samples to determine the outcome will help, but again achieving a uniform original wrinkle is difficult at best.

Buck
W0LC 
On Saturday, May 18, 2019 Michael victor R via Collins <mchlrende05@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm curious-what do you do about the texture/hammered/krinkle finish? I've
had poor results when doing small cabinets etc.

MIKE. k9lsh

On Sat, May 18, 2019 at 1:55 PM bfetters--- via Collins <
collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>
> Absolutely a great match for Collins paints...
>
> Surplus Sales of Nebraska
>
> Great paint and fairly reasonable prices...about $15 per spray can.
>
> Wayne, incidentally I'm not sure that Art painted all his A4's with an
> identical match...some a bit grayer and some a bit blacker.  If you find
> that the case, contact me and I'll pass along what I do in a case like this.
>
> Buck
> W0LC
> On Saturday, May 18, 2019 Wayne Heil via Collins <wjheil@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Any suggestion for a decent touch up paint for the 75A-4?
>
> '73,
> Wayne, KB6OQJ
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