Coleman Cooler Restoration - Paint?

Discussion in 'General Camping Discussion Forum' started by ensoniqman, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. I have an older and smaller Coleman Diamond cooler (in Green Sparkle color) with metal lid.

    Rust has set in on the hinges and the top of the lid.


    My question: Does anyone know where I can get retro Spray Paint that will match the original 'Sparkle Green' color?


    I don't have a paint code; nor do I understand if Coleman carries factory paint color to match.


    Thoughts? I would like to match the colors, but have had no luck so far seeing the spray cans in automotive and hardware stores.


    EM
     
  2. photos -

    https://picasaweb.google.com/113037986447868370435/6299796052827935937#6299796069002181554

    and

    https://picasaweb.google.com/113037986447868370435/6299796052827935937#6299796057686883826
     
  3. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

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    Go to an autobody supply shop. They'll mix up any color you want. Many of them will even load spray cans for you so you can DIY at home. [8D]
     
  4. swordfish

    swordfish Well-Known Member

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    My thought is to cover your cooler with Reflectix to enhance insulation. Treat the rust, especially the hinges with rust proofing compound, then decide to spray paint or not.

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  5. jumpoff

    jumpoff I'm in a camping state of mind

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    Couldn't see the pics you tried showing us of the cooler...
     
  6. Dubbya

    Dubbya Wherever you go, there you are...

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    I was thinking the Rustoleum hammered finish would look nice but it's probably not even close to the original color.

    The Krylon looks like it's got WAY too much glitter, too green and not enough teal.

    I guess it depends on whether or not the original paint was a semigloss or not but that teal looks pretty close from here.
     
  7. Sorry....here is a pic update of the existing cooler:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/113037986447868370435/6299796052827935937#6299796069002181554
     
  8. jumpoff

    jumpoff I'm in a camping state of mind

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    I love those old coolers and that color is great.
     
  9. niagarafam

    niagarafam Active Member

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    When we acquired our '71 Chevy C10, we took it to a local (old school) paint and body shop to determine the color match. It was the factory "medium olive." They used a scanner and some old GM paint codes to find the perfect match. You may be able to get a locally owned old school paint shop to scan your cooler and see if they can identify an auto color that is really close. It would likely be a solar from the 60's or 70's as that is when that color was in heavy use. I bet you can get close.
     
  10. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Sure, you can get a paint shop to color match it. I have single stage paint mixed up for touch ups on all my vehicles....... For that cooler, you would have to do alot of prep and have a spray gun. If you don't do a lot of sanding and prep the cooler will look like crap with smooth auto paint.

    Rustoleum Hammer Finish is the way to go. It will hide any imperfections and takes very little prep. After you bang up the cooler using it, you can easily touch it up....I have used Hammer Finish on many projects and have always been pleased.
     

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