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    I've been asked to use a particular color on a custom painting project, however, that color has been discontinued. The color is Model Master Acrylic Emperor Blue #4373.

    I'd really like to try and find an equivalent color in Tru Color, but any match would be good. Does someone here have a good way to match older colors? I can only find reference to the Emperor Blue in one eBay listing, and I really don't want to buy old stock acrylic.
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    Send Testors an email and see if they will tell you the RGB make up of the color. From there you should be able to find a color in another paint line that matches the RGB. Alternatively, you can try to go dumpster diving on the internet to see if another paint brand has a conversion chart that includes Model Master and the Emperor Blue. I suspect that could be a needle in a hay stack, but worth a shot if you are desperate.

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    See: https://www.testors.com/~/media/Digi...-Portrait.ashx
    In a brief scan I did not find an equivalent of Model Master Acrylic Emperor Blue #4373.

    See also
    http://www.shapeshift.bg/paintconversionlinks.html
    https://www.paint4models.com/index.html

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    Hmmm ... my local Ace Hardware store has a gizmo that you show it a sample of paint and it will mix up that exact color house paint, is there no such thing for model paints?

    And, not to hijack this thread, but I have an E6A from LifeLike that has different orange and brown than my many old ConCor passenger cars, and I would like to find someone to repaint the E6A to match the passenger cars (I would ship one pass. car with the loco). And put the green IC diamond on the nose, etc. Anyone know of someone who can do that?

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys.

    1 - I've contacted Testors but they unfortunately do not have the info to help me.
    2 - I've been to all three of those links, and a few more, with no luck. As was mentioned, the Emperor Blue is not listed on any of the charts.
    3 - If I had a sample, I could mix something up and color match it no problem. Alas, I do not have a sample and can't find anyone yet that has a bottle on their rack.
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    Doug

    You mentioned not wanting to buy a old acrylic . But if did get a old bottle of that , could you use it for a color match ?

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    I'm just curious, if the customer is so insistent on the particular paint, doesn't he have a sample? Some other model already painted in that particular color you could use to get a match? Why is the customer so insistent on that particular brand and name?
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    Someone is selling that paint on e-bay:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Testors-Mod...-/291987609797

    That is probably your best bet to get a useable sample.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 56Pontiac View Post
    and it will mix up that exact color
    Hmmm, unfortunately that's the popular assumption. But these scanners only come close, not exactly, to the correct hue.

    The human eye, and specifically the female human eye, is remarkably good at differentiating colors and subtle differences in hue. The best paint color matchers are women.

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    Don't know how old the paint in the Ebay link is , but sealed it should be good at least 5 years , acrylic paint that's no longer good smells wrong , so for the 2,5 bucks I would get it and try it out.
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