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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:51 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:46 pm 
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My brother is restoring a very original 65 912, one family owned. Here are some shots.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:15 pm 
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I used krylon "aluminum " then clear coated. I'm pleased with the results.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:04 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:42 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 4:01 pm 
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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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Greg, is it a painted dash car? Those are my favorite.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:52 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:55 am 
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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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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:10 pm 
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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:
  1. 1958 Porsche 356A T2 Cabriolet
  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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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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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:37 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:53 pm 
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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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Finished product

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:15 pm 
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Looks good to me, Greg! Can't wait to see the newest acquisition.

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