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MG TD TF 1500 - Almond Green Metallic

Reading an old posting from back in June I noticed a thread about the difficulty in finding MG TF almond green metallic color codes. I had also looked for years for this color without much success. Finally I send a part from my car from a spot that had little exposure to the sun to Tri City Paint and they custom mixed the color in acrylic lacquer that seems to be a very good match. I have not yet re- sprayed the car but it looks perfect in the small sample next to the original paint. I believe they have the formula on file if anyone is interested in this color. Their web site is tcpglobal.com

If you call their phone number and ask for Jimmy 'Chips' I think he would find the code from this custom mixing job.
J. Barter
J K Barter

Good work J.B.
Were you not able to get the code for your own records?
Some Australian TF owners over here have been chasing this colour too.
What was your original upholstery colour?

Cheers,
Matthew.
Matthew Magilton

I guess you know about this site?http://www.mgcars.org.uk/mgtd/mgtd_finishes.htm
Raymond Wardenaer

Matthew,
I believe I do have their code printed on the paint can
out in my garage if needed.
The interior is green also. It is quite worn out and I am replacing it with new green upholstery.
I am familiar with your website on originality and have found it quite a useful reference.
Thanks,
JB
J K Barter

Let us know how it goes. A pic of a painted part would be nice.

I have come to believe that there is no surviving recipe for Almond Green Metallic.
Carl Floyd

I will not get to painting the car until warmer weather, as I have no heated space to paint, but will send in photos so you can see how it looks after it is done. I will compare it to surviving samples of the original paint to see how close it is. I have been looking for over 30 years and have not found this color so I hope it looks right when I get it on the car.
JB
J K Barter

Raymond,
I have tried some of the paint codes from the table on the web site and have not had much luck with them. Some of the manufacturers codes such as the Ditzler code for Almond Green is just a modern code (I think it was from a Datsun) that they thought was close. (it wasn't)
Thanks
JB
J K Barter

JB, would you mind typing the code from the can here for us?
What colour was the dash panel ,not the instrument panel? (beware of old misleading resprays, maybe look at the back of the panel).

Cheers,
Matthew.
Matthew Magilton

I will go out to the barn today and dig up the number.

The dash is green, not almond green. It has a slightly blueish cast compared to the upholstery. I believe that the dash, the bottom of the glove boxes, under the scuttle and some other interior screws,etc that were painted dash color were originally very close in color to the upholstery and fugitive pigments in the green made the color a bit blueish over time. If you note the bluish green screws in the photo (apparently painted with a paintbrush)the paint overlaps onto the upholstery and must have been a close match to the upholstery at the time. These are images of an unmolested TF with very low mileage that was in a local private collection- My interior is the same colors but not as photogenic.
JB

J K Barter

here is the other pic.

J K Barter

Because of my theory of the dash color fading to a more bluish green and the probability that the upholstery is also faded,I am considering a dash color adjusted to a similar but more green color to go better with the new Moss interior which is also greener than the original.
See images of dash repainted to a greener color contrasted with the original color still on the glove box. I also plan to leave the dash matte rather than polished, as that is the way the few original dashes I have seen are. Thoughts?
JB

J K Barter

close up

J K Barter

Matthew,
The information on the can -TCP's number and name for the color:
AL-TCP54mgtf(C)

1954 MG Almond GR (mixed from original part)

I am sure they would probably mix a small quantity if someone wanted to try it out.
J K Barter

Brilliant photos JB!
I have seen the same dash colour and upholstery colour over here too. Supports the theory that all dashes were painted to match the upholstery. But I do not think there has been that much fading as the glove box undersides would not have seen much UV light? Certainly the apple green coloured upholstery is perhaps not quite absolutely correct from an originality point of view for a TF (but hard to buy anything else). The painted screws show up on all the unrestored cars that I have seen, also the screws at the front edge of the sidescreen box and the hinges too. Did you see the dash paint also on the underside of the scuttle, under the crash-pad foldback?
If you are able to visit the private-collection TF again, I could give you a short list of points to observe/photograph for us.

Cheers,
Matthew.
mbmagilton 'at' msn 'dot' com
Matthew Magilton

My TF has the dash paint on the hinges,under scuttle,etc. I did not specifically look under the scuttle on this other car, but I assume it is the same. Unfortunately, the low mileage ( I think it had 21,000 mi.) car that had spent its life in this area was sold last year after the owner died. Don't know who bought it. I took these photos at the auction preview when many of his cars sold I did not document every part of the car, but took photos of some details that I wanted to remember when putting mine back together. I will send you what I have.
JB
J K Barter

Thank you JB, much appreciated.
Matthew Magilton

This thread was discussed between 06/11/2009 and 09/11/2009

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