Modern Paint Formulation for Burgundy Mist #78

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  1. GSX10/10

    GSX10/10 Well-Known Member

    Working on a frame off rest of a 1970 Burgundy Mist GS455 (code #78) I thought I would see if anyone had a modern paint formulation for this? PPG would be best, but what do you have?

    I see the vintage codes are:
    GM #WA3307
    Ditzler #50700
    RM/BASF #A-1711

  2. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron 475 IRON HEAD STAGE 2

    Do you have any nice original paint left on the car ? Your local paint jobber can scan it and come out with the correct formula.
  3. Deogi2

    Deogi2 GSX - 4 speed

    My old convertible was burgundy mist and what I used that was really close was 1987 Jaguar. Crimson metallic
  4. PCUB


    I had my 71 HT coupe/white vinyl top repainted in Burgundy Mist (PPG) in 2016. I do not have the code from the restoration but it was formulated from the GM factory spec/color book by the shop. We also added some metal flake to "brighten and freshen" the overall look of the car and it really pops in the sunshine. The amount of flake is based upon some sample spray outs by the shop and after looking them over and comparing in the sun light; I decided on what I wanted. Todays cost on those materials and add on's would probably be around $2500 (for the liquids). I don't think you will be disappointed by going this (custom) route.
  5. GSX10/10

    GSX10/10 Well-Known Member

    I do have a small section on the cowl area that we can use to match although this is now 50 years old. When you call up PPG to get the formulation, they refer to a cross reference from old to new (base + clear), this is often not 100% accurate and requires tweaking to get the color spot on. One big difference for example, between vintage metallics and modern metallics are the size of the metal flake (new = too big / vintage = very fine). I just thought I would check and see if anyone had a modern formulation for this color that was considered to be accurate - thanks!
  6. Redmanf1

    Redmanf1 Gold Level Contributor

    Might be easier to find under code 78 Black cherry Chevy... My LS6 chevelle was that color and I had it repainted PPG but it has been several years ago.

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