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    1st Gen Heater System Paint Color questions

    Some of my '65 heater related parts were sand blasted before I got them. I would like to match the original concourse. I have the heater control assy with the original bluish gray hammered paint for reference . So my questions are this:

    a) Does the heater core box have the same bluish gray hammered paint or is it some plain shade of black?

    b) Correct me if I am wrong the upper defroster duct is that a plain shade of black?

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    Most of the heater boxes with the original finish I have seen are grayish, but I believe that is due to fading over time. GM usually painted these items a satin black, or semi-gloss.
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    I agree, semi-gloss black



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    Sup 2 U

    Gloss Black can be a pain with fingerprints...it shows everything.

    Flat can get chalky-like over time...

    Semi-gloss always worked great for me. Cleans up with a damp towel or simple green.
    but Its up to your own preference.
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    1st Gen Heater System Paint Color

    Hi Gang,

    Thank-you for the support & replies. Don't know if anyone else wants to take it to this level. Chevboner had the original finish on his low mileage van. It has a "hammered" texture with a bluish gray color. I got a pretty close finish. Since the paint suppliers (RUSOLEUM etc.) do not have the same color I used some off the shelf hammered black & top coat with a close color match; it could stand to be darker... Just the black hammered would not be bad.

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    that looks really good!

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    1st Gen Heater System Paint Color questions

    Back in 2012 I was going through the same thing, deciding what color to paint the heater box, steering column, etc. My Sportvan was very original. I figured the backside of the upper metal defroster vent was the best sample of the color, since it faced inward and had never seen the sun. Like you say, it's a dark gray metallic with a slight hammered metal finish.

    My whole van was getting painted and the body shop had an incredible array of paint chips we could choose from, and a huge machine that mixed the colors. It was easy to find a match for the vent color. I didn't see a bluish tint to it, but it was not a "warm" gray.

    I see a lot of interior stuff painted black but the gray is dark enough but more interesting than black. I wanted it to have a bit of that hammertone look but was afraid it would come out too bumpy. I had the belly pan powder coated gray and it came out bumpy, but that's fine on the belly pan. I'm glad I just went with metallic gray on the interior stuff. Here are some photos from right after they were painted. They are a bit lighter than they appear in these photos. (I still haven't installed the heater box!)




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    The next question is how can we get new stickers made with the lettering for the heater vent controls?! How do you get white ink on adhesive-backed clear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RicoEQ View Post
    The next question is how can we get new stickers made with the lettering for the heater vent controls?! How do you get white ink on adhesive-backed clear?

    Those same companies that offer up signage by decal application for automotive exteriors can do one.

    All they need is a straight on photograph. The computer does the rest.

    You must tell them the exact height measurement of font the lettering.

    The layout is the most expense part of this. Perhaps get 100 made, and offer the extras up here for sale.

    The cost would be merely a couple dollars more than one only after layout costs.

    I had this done for my sailboat a few years ago. Hope this helps.

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    Heater sticker

    Well I made a graphic file - (exact spacing & text size) black text. I am working to see if a graphic shop can inverse the color to white and print onto the clear medium - I tried five internet places so far no bites - any recommendations?


    VanAgain - your interior parts look marvelous....
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    [QUOTE=gfleduc;260495]Well I made a graphic file - (exact spacing & text size) black text. I am working to see if a graphic shop can inverse the color to white and print onto the clear medium - I tried five internet places so far no bites - any recommendations?


    If you want to send me your file I will see what I can do. I will need some for myself too. Send it to Rileybydesign@comcast.net and you can check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/rileybydesignllc Here's a couple sample decals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RicoEQ View Post
    The next question is how can we get new stickers made with the lettering for the heater vent controls?! How do you get white ink on adhesive-backed clear?
    Rich any possible way you still have the paint code for that color, and willing to share it? I like it.
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    Heater Box Decal

    [QUOTE=Buddy;260498]
    Quote Originally Posted by gfleduc View Post
    Well I made a graphic file - (exact spacing & text size) black text. I am working to see if a graphic shop can inverse the color to white and print onto the clear medium - I tried five internet places so far no bites - any recommendations?


    If you want to send me your file I will see what I can do. I will need some for myself too. Send it to Rileybydesign@comcast.net and you can check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/rileybydesignllc Here's a couple sample decals.
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    Okay - I sent just sent you the file.
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    I have a Brother P-Touch labeler, and I can get tape in white on clear...

    https://www.google.com/search?q=brot...hrome&ie=UTF-8

    I'll pick up a roll and see how close I can get to the font and size.
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    Can you get white text?
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    [QUOTE=Buddy;260498]
    Quote Originally Posted by gfleduc View Post
    Well I made a graphic file - (exact spacing & text size) black text. I am working to see if a graphic shop can inverse the color to white and print onto the clear medium - I tried five internet places so far no bites - any recommendations?


    If you want to send me your file I will see what I can do. I will need some for myself too. Send it to Rileybydesign@comcast.net and you can check out our facebook page at www.facebook.com/rileybydesignllc Here's a couple sample decals.
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    Hi Buddy - any feed back on the label I sent you?
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