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MG TD TF 1500 - Clipper Blue Paint

The "Original MGTD midget" website provides a paint color table with paint manufacturer numbers for various colors. On closer inspection I find it is qualified with this statement "Many of the color numbers listed on this page are no longer formulized. Some of the codes may in fact not actually come back with a good match if the code is still current. I would suggest using these codes only as a starting point and check various formulas against each other before you commit to a given color for your car".

Can someone provide me with a dependable reference for Clipper Blue for use by my paint shop? My car is not currently this color, so I can't use it as a reference.

Thanks!
Corey Pedersen

Corey, FWIW Hal Kramer's paint study in 1996 showed Clipper Blue as having a PPG code of 12297. Perhaps your shop can find a cross-reference.

Just discovered some cross-references that I put together in 1994 for Clipper Blue:
DP 25888 (DuPont)
M/S 25286 (Martin-Senour)

Bud
Bud Krueger

Bud, those are the same cross-references noted in the website. The website note made me a bit nervous, but I think they'll be OK. I'll check with my paint shop.
Corey Pedersen

Corey ,Clipper Blue was also used on MM cars about 1951 or so. It is an original color on TD's. 1951 being the last year it was offered. I love mine and think it is the best color. I found Clipper Blue at what used to be Red Rooster and is now I think Auto Zone..
Tom Maine (TD8105)

1951 TD in Clipper Blue.

Gordon A Clark

Thanks Gordon, that is me. tom
Tom Maine (TD8105)

Really pretty TD.

gac
Gordon A Clark

Thanks Gord, a lot of folks dont like the wire wheels, but I think they make the car on this color. I have had a lot of compliments on the wires with this color so I am good with it.
Tom Maine (TD8105)

My car is back from the paint shop. My paint shop, NAPA and Sherwin-Williams were unable to replicate the color references provided by "Original MGTD Midget" website and by Bud above for Clipper Blue. I chose a color from their color charts which matched the various images I've found for this color. The final paint color is exactly as I had planned, and appears to match the web images very well. The color is Martin-Senour 53-66026-A, Azzurro Amalfi. I've further researched the color and it seems to be a 1998 Fiat color.

Corey Pedersen

Nice car.
Tom Maine (TD8105)

Corey,
Looks good ...hope you prove all of us that said take the wings off to be wrong!
Cheers,
David
David Sheward

I just got finished doing my 55 mgtf in Clipper Blue.

Wish I would have seen your post a while ago. I could get you the PPG paint code.


Mike

Mike Makinster

Dave, there was no need to remove the fenders. The car was rust-free, with the exception of some minor surface rust on the front fenders. This includes the frame and running gear. It was restored in the early 80's and I suspect that it was stored indoors for most of its life. The mechanical parts show very little wear, so I also think it has very low mileage. The entire paint job looks excellent, so the painters were able to access all the surfaces without any problem.
Corey Pedersen

COREY,
LOOKS GOOD SO FAR ! At this rate, you should be ready to bring it to our CT MG Club's "British By The Sea" on June 2nd,2013!!
Aston Martin is Marque Of The Year...
SPW
STEVE WINCZE

Corey,
You have me "re-thinking" my earlier comments. The TD is a bit more "open" than a TF. On a TF there are overlapping pannels (bonnet sides) that would make it much harder.
David Sheward

Corey,

The car looks really nice. I hope to finally have mine painted by the end of the year. What are you doing for the underside of the wings? Much of it is quite visible.

Rob
Rob Welborne

Rob; The underside of the wings should be body colour. Before paint I sprayed the underside with "Gravel Guard" from a rattle can. It gave a fine texture. Primed over it then it got painted with the rest of the car. Glad I did it, it has held up very nicely against stone and road grime abrasion. I gravel guarded only under the wings not the side sections that attach to the car. These are seen and they are smooth.

Hope this helps.
C.R. Tyrell

Funny, three Clipper Blue cars and all three are different colors. I have seen at least 5 cars in the color and none are alike, something like BRG I guess. Anyway, all the cars look good in my opinion.
Tom Maine (TD8105)

Rob, I pressure-washed the underside of the fenders which removed all of the dirt and some of the undercoating. It is all rust-free. I had planned to finish it in semi-gloss black, because I didn't want to risk having to maintain body color. In view of C.R. comments above, I may need to reconsider.
Corey Pedersen

Corey,

Quite a bit of color shows from the side of the car. I personally think that a blck will look quite odd against such a bright color as clipper blue. And you car looks very good in that color.

Rob
Rob Welborne

Mine is body color under the car.
Tom Maine (TD8105)

This thread was discussed between 28/09/2012 and 11/10/2012

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