As far as the change of color on the car to the orangish shade there is an explanation for that as well. Red is notoriously difficult to film and/or photograph. When they used the true red it came out way too dark, especially in photographs. This color on film actually looks a lot more like the true red shade.
Last edited by Monty M; December 21st, 2008 at 11:01 AM.
Find a chip/photo/logo of the color you want and take it to a PPG dealer. Likely one is close by. They will be able to match it to an existing color with a known code or tint one that is very close.
As for the Mclaren...are you talking about the silver on the F1 cars? If so, that is actually black mostly. It starts as a based and cleared black that is buffed once dry. Then the "silver" (Looks black in the can) is applied very lightly and then cleared again. That is very expensive and fairly difficult.
Find a paint dealer that sells Kozminski's House of Color paint. Ask them for the Dayglo Orange...this is the color you are looking for. By the way this is an expensive 3 part paint process, requires a Pearl White Shimron base with Dayglo Orange then clear coated.
I've painted several cars with this paint...it looks different in person than on film.
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If I am not mistaken, and seeing the cars in person I believe it to be true, the color used is not actually DayGlo orange, but in fact Shimrin Neon or fluorescent RED (NE504). HOK carries quite a few different fluorescents, and more than a couple that are in the orange/red category. For these colors to work properly, you MUST use white primer basecoat, and then clearcoat when finished. They are expensive but they do work really well.
thanks to everyone who responded. i found the red and cosmic chrome that is similar to mclaren's colors. will have to pass in that cosmic chome is $300 quart . budget only allows for general motors paint. thanks again to all.