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Since the actual 129 ivory paint code is only available by special order and is rather pricey...has anyone had/found success with off the shelf colors that are a decent match for a small, rather inconspicuous area?

To put it in perspective, the paint is 46 years old. there is age and fading that will probably never be matched by a fresh application of the proper paint code. If the car had been repainted in the last 5-10 years then yes, I would splurge the money on a special order of 129.

I realize that by the time I buy every version of "almond" or "off white" from Walmart, Home Depot, Autozone, etc...I will have spent what is costs to order the correct paint...which likely will no longer match due to the years of fading.

I'm hoping someone else here has tried a few of the off-the-shelf rattle cans and found a good match they might share with us. I attached a few pics of what I've come across locally that seem to have potential. Has anyone tried any of these? The color sample caps rarely match the reality of application.
 

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So I took the rear shock access panel with me (since it was already removed and painted body color) to search some local options. What I discovered was there are about 5-6 off-the-shelf candidates for a close match so I bought them all.

What I also found out when I got home was that comparing the access panel to the exterior body and the cans of paint...yes there has been some fading over the years. The panel is much more "yellow" since it was hidden from the sun for 46 years. The exterior has faded from ivory to more of an off-white shade. Had I ordered actual 129 paint code it would be a poor match to the current paint shade.

I'll try to get some pics this weekend if the sun comes out and post what it all looks like and see if I can decide which rattle can is the best match for faded 129 Avorio.
 

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Ivory isn't a super common color I gather!
Could you take it to an auto paint store and have them attempt to color match rather than base it off the original paint code?
I had to do that with my car, because my car has been repainted a few shades lighter than factory grey. They found the color in their system and touch up wasn't expensive <$50.
But what I have is meant for a paint sprayer not a rattle can. I am anything but a paint and body expert, I am just sharing what I found with my car.
 

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On my '84 a previous owner did some paintwork on the nose, leaving exposed grey primer in the cove area forward of the raised hood. I bought 5-6 cans of rattlecan, sprayed out samples on white paper, and fogged over the primer with the closest. For that area, it looks perfect. Where on the car are you trying to blend in?

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The winner is Rust-oleum Antique White from Home Depot. It looked like the closest match to my 47 year old faded Ivory. I bought several shades of cream/beige toned paint and compared the caps against the body in several places. The almond shades just seems a bit too dark. I had 3 that were pretty close so if your Avrio is more faded or less faded than mine it might be an option.

Home Depot did list a Rust-oleum "Ivory" but it was not in stock at the time and thus not compared. I would have liked to see it. I suggest looking for it as an option if you go.
 

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results...sorry I forgot to take before pics. I was cleaning up some rust around the tail lights and lower edge of the back panel. Ground with a small wire wheel. Treated with Ospho. Painted with POR-15. I did not do any prep work before spraying the Rust-oleum. I just gave the area a quick wipe down and sprayed the spots for color comparison. I still need to fill in some of the small rust holes, sand smooth, proper prep and paint. Overall, not too shabby for a $4 can of spray?
 

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