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tmodel66

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Leaf Spring Paint
« on: October 18, 2010, 02:50:59 PM »
OK    I 'm  at my wits end. I have searched several places and can't get a definite answer if there is one. What color paint is used on leaf springs that is close to the original color? I know they weren't painted from the factory.  What do the pros use on a 1000 point car? Other than send them and have'em heat treated.  Sorry for the rant but it's getting to me. Is it a trade secret nobody wants to give up? Hell if they charge for it, tell me and I will pay.
Daniel  
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L78 steve

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010, 04:29:02 PM »
A dark charcoal similar to the rally wheel paint is what I use. But not a 1000 point car by any means.
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67 SS/RS Mt. Green 1W,2LGSR,3SL,4K,5BY,07C
70 Nova L78 Blk. Cherry,Sandalwood,M21,02B

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2010, 12:20:41 AM »
During the restoration of my 28K Z/28, I took the leaves out and had the cleanest one scanned at my local auto paint supply house. They used the same scanner that you would use on the paint of the car to match a custom color for repair. They mixed a small amount up and with a brush test, it was spot on. I had a batch mixed up in spray cans and used that. They look great but I have not driven the car yet to see how it will hold up. My thought is if the paint rubs off at the contact points they will rust, and then look just like they originally did. Below is a picture of the original spring used for the scan. I think I have a couple of spray cans left over.

Mike

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2010, 12:30:43 AM »
Mike, Please check you mail box. PM sent.
Daniel  
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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010, 12:44:54 AM »
Paint options:

Stove Bright Charcoal # 6201, High Temp Paint, Forrest Paint Co PO Box 22110, Eugene, OR 97402, 541-342-1821 www.forrestpaint.com

NAPA Iron Cast # 7986 (Martin Senour Paints)

The 67's seemed to have a strange tint to them

For 100 point wimps who never drive them:

Natural Steel protectant: Boeshield T-9 avail at Boat Shops (Funny) 

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2010, 02:20:53 AM »
Unless your springs look bad, you don't need to paint them.  When I restored my car I first attempted to restore my leaf springs but replaced them. 

I used a tip from those who restore Model-A's, who protect many original unpainted parts with bearing grease.  To keep unpainted steel and cast iron parts looking natural, brush or wipe the part with grease then take a clean shop rag and wipe off the excess but leave a light film of grease on the surface.  You can practically wipe the part clean and it will leave a light protective film on the part.  The surface will keep its natural color and the grease provides a barrier from moisture preventing rust. 

Every spring when I get the car ready for the summer, I give the natural parts a quick wipe with my "grease rag", stored in a Zip-Lock bag.  I also keep a tooth brush and 1" paint brush handy for the nooks and crannies in parts.  The grease rag works well on nut, bolt, plane steel washer, etc.

I treated my natural cast iron steering gearbox with the grease and touch it up occasionally.  It has been on my car for 10+ years and still looks very good.

Give it a try and I believe you will be surprised how well this tip works.

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2010, 02:32:35 AM »
WOW is all I can say. That looks perfect.  It's the best I've ever saw as natural look goes. I'll have to get to the parts house in the morning.   Thanks a lot for the great pictures.
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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2010, 11:40:28 PM »
 Dave, when you bought your new springs, did they come with a protective coating, such as cosmoline? If so what did you use to strip the coating off? I bought new ones recently, was told not to use anything too harsh because of the separators between the leaves. Didn't mean to hijack the thread. Thanks in advance.     Larry

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2010, 12:50:44 AM »
I used Seymour Cast Blast.

http://www.seymourpaint.com/cast_blast.html

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2010, 01:34:03 AM »
LB68SS350,

I purchased the springs over ten year ago, but if I recall, they were coated with cosmoline.  I may have used mineral spirits and a paint brush and a rag to clean the springs, followed by washed them several times with dish soap and water, then rinse them with hot water.  I always use my air compressor to blow water out of the crevices, holes, etc.  I have hot and cold water in my garage which has been very handy.  When I clean a part, I start with a mild cleaner (Simple Green or Fantastic) then work up to a more aggressive cleaner if necessary (mineral spirits or lacquer thinner), but it also depends if the part contains a rubber or plastic component. 

Good luck with your project!

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2010, 03:18:36 AM »
Thanks Dave, that was a lot of help! Just the info I was looking for.  Larry

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2010, 01:07:39 AM »
Larry,

Good for you.  Hate to say it but the ole Modle A Ford guys had a good tip!

Dave


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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2010, 02:22:28 AM »
Call Ken Lucas.  He has been using a paint that has been accepted by all of my diamond judges on the team.  Cast blast used to get by but we are getting more pickey as the hobby progresses.

Jerry

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Re: Leaf Spring Paint
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2010, 06:47:52 PM »
If the correct original finish for the springs is bare steel, then why would any paint at all be acceptable for a 1000 point show car?  The spring finish is either correct (no paint and no points deduction) or not (painted and points deducted). 
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