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Color of headlight housing

#1 Post by Greg Bryan » Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:51 pm

I'm looking for a color match for the headlight housing for a recently purchased '65 912. I'm assuming that it is the same or similar to the '65 356.
Although very worn, it appears to be almost a primer gray color - flat or semi flat.
I did look for past threads and found this from 2009:

Krylon "Stone Gray"
Rustoleum "Light Gray" or "Smoke Gray"
All work well. Buy the satin finish version of either or use a clear satin finish over them.

Anyone have a favorite product to do this?
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#2 Post by Adam Wright » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:46 pm

My brother is restoring a very original 65 912, one family owned. Here are some shots.
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#3 Post by richard shimmon » Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:15 pm

I used krylon "aluminum " then clear coated. I'm pleased with the results.

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#4 Post by Paul Hatfield » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:04 pm

Not sure if this helps but here is a photo of an unrestored headlight bucket from Miss April. I can send you an full pixel shot if helpful. I do not know of a spray paint that replicates this color.
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Re: Color of headlight housing

#5 Post by Greg Bryan » Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:42 pm

Thank you Adam, Richard and Paul - I'll experiment with the paint above. I have the time as the car is going to the metal man to get some rust holes fixed. I'm not going to strip the car completely - just get the worst done for now and then a complete job later - I don't want to get into a full blown resto at this point - a rat-rod sounds like fun for a while.
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'65 912 Sunroof
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#6 Post by Adam Wright » Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:01 pm

Greg Bryan wrote:Thank you Adam, Richard and Paul - I'll experiment with the paint above. I have the time as the car is going to the metal man to get some rust holes fixed. I'm not going to strip the car completely - just get the worst done for now and then a complete job later - I don't want to get into a full blown resto at this point - a rat-rod sounds like fun for a while.
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'65 912 Sunroof
Greg, is it a painted dash car? Those are my favorite.
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#7 Post by Greg Bryan » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:52 pm

Not a painted dash - one of the last 65 VINs and is actually registered as a 66. Kind of a fancy 912 with 5 gauges and a sunroof and built at the Porsche factory as opposed to Karmann.
Not matching drivetrain, so anything goes!
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Re: Color of headlight housing

#8 Post by steve raucher » Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:55 am

My '58 T2 Speedsters headlight buckets have been this chrome color forever, but I think it is likely incorrect. Can anyone confirm what the proper color finish should be?
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Re: Color of headlight housing

#9 Post by Jim Alton » Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:10 pm

steve raucher wrote:My '58 T2 Speedsters headlight buckets have been this chrome color forever, but I think it is likely incorrect. Can anyone confirm what the proper color finish should be?
Thank you,
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I've never spotted a color difference between the sealed beam headlight units in my:
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  2. 1965 Porsche 911 coupé
  3. 1966 Volkswagen Type 2
They're all light grey with maybe a slight pinkish cast.
 
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Re: Color of headlight housing

#10 Post by Alan Hall » Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:23 am

I have always thought that preA and A had a flat silver finish and B and C had the flat grey finish.

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#11 Post by Jim Alton » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:37 pm

Here's a photo of a pretty unmolested 1955 Speedster (I wasn't trying to get the headlight in the photo).
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It looks like the same old light grey to me.
 
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Re: Color of headlight housing

#12 Post by Greg Bryan » Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:53 pm

Follow up - I bought about 10 cans of paint and experimented with matching the 912 buckets. Like Jim, I've observed that the housing color was very similar over the years.
Here's the stuff I settled on - perfect, probably not, but close.
Paint - Valspar Color Radiance - Hazy Stratus - 84507
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Since the Valspar is high gloss and the original paint appears to look almost like grey primer, I finished it off with:
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Rustoleum Matte Clear
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Re: Color of headlight housing

#13 Post by Mike Wilson » Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:15 pm

Looks good to me, Greg! Can't wait to see the newest acquisition.

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