Push hard and live
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Carson City, NV
There is a fantasy that one can walk into a paint vendor, give them a code, and get a can of something that will match the car that is being repaired. This NEVER happens. The bigger shops mix their own paint, specifically to allow their color expert to tweak the formula until it matches the car.
So, if you had the five codes in hand, and asked a paint store to mix a quart of each, it is a certainty that none of them would actually match the color that was on the car in 1955. Those five cans would probably cost you about $500, as well.
In your case, I recommend you get a copy of "Millenove", study the color photographs, pick one you like, take the book to your favorite paint vendor, and have them mix up the quantity you need. What you get will not exactly match the picture, but it'll be close.
Then, before you paint the car, pour all of the cans into a five gallon pail, stir it up, and redistribute the homogenized paint back into the original 1 gallon cans.
Paint is art, not science.
We've got a guy near me that runs a freelance operation doing paint matching and spot repair. My favorite local paint store doesn't even do matching anymore. They call Kelly to handle it as a subcontractor.
Carson City, NV
59 102 Touring (first Alfa $500 running)
65 Sprint GT (2nd Alfa, $500 daily driver)
102 Sprint (never did anything with it, but wish I had)
74 Berlina (first new car - now certainly rusted into oblivion)
61 Giulietta Spider G-Prod Race Car (where is it now?)
84 Spider Veloce (rarely drove it, so sold it)
86 Quadrifoglio (Dull car - no more 115s for me)
1971 Montreal "The Full Monty". Fair winds and following seas
59 102 Touring Roadster - restoration complete, enough Alfa for any rational man. Or irrational, for that matter
Two 1946 Stampe SV4C (c/n 294 "Rocinante" - wife's favorite airplane. RIP), and c/n 235 "La Bon Temps Femme" (gone to a new home, but never forgotten)
Zlin 50LA (+9 -6 gees, titanium spar, 1200 lbs, 260HP rumored to now be in Brazil)
1946 Luscombe 8A
Starduster Too (recently spotted at the Nevada City, CA airport - over 20 years and an entire continent separating it from our stewardship in Binghamton, NY)
1955 Cessna 170B (wife taught me to fly tailwheel in this)
64 Mooney M20E ("Rambo". My faithful steed for over 30 years) Nearly 50 years old, and just returned from a trip to Argentina in him
Newest in the fleet
1967 Piper Super Cub on Wipline amphibious floats (a true "all terrain vehicle")
2010 Triumph Thunderbird
You can snap roll an Alfa only one time...