Star Trek Boomerang Phaser "Starfleet Silver"

MustangGTR1

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This is what I got when I ordered a can of pre-1998 GM15, compared with a sample of 7173 from back in the day. It's too light and too gold. Label gives an alternate color code of WA929L.

If you have a sample or photo of a GM15 that matches, I'd love to see it.

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Aka WA216B; here's that color against 7173 when I was investigating color codes a couple years ago. It's a touch too saturated but it's the best color match I know of so far. (It looks closer in the photo than it does in hand.)


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That other code comes up as

Cashmere Metallic​

 

AnubisGuard

Master Member
I was lucky. A few years back. We had a body shop going out. So I bought the color paint chip books they had. 62 to 05 So I can look up any color

My recollection is that the Plasti-Kote name for 7173 was "silver sand metallic." Now, there is a GM15 version with that name but the color chip I found online also didn't match. Mind checking if you have that one in your books and, if you do, sharing what it looks like? Thanks.
 

MustangGTR1

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My recollection is that the Plasti-Kote name for 7173 was "silver sand metallic." Now, there is a GM15 version with that name but the color chip I found online also didn't match. Mind checking if you have that one in your books and, if you do, sharing what it looks like? Thanks.
I do. And I also have the old cans of 7173 and 7179 as well.. Here is Marble head on the left. And GM15 on the left
 

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AnubisGuard

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This version of GM15 aka GM15U aka WA914K, looks promising. No idea if it's from before '98 but the color chip is a warm medium gray, so it's on the right track.


I just ordered a can and will report back on how it compares once I get it.
 

renaissance_man

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If you have an automotive supply shop that does off the shelf car paints pre-mixed then Vauxhall Smoke Silver is a great, modern day equivalent.
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Master Replicas replica, HMS kit built up by HMS and a GMRos early 2000s replica (which is a tad undersized) and the reverse of a VOY PADD made by me paint with Vauxhall Smoke Silver.
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Feltman Langer

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If you have an automotive supply shop that does off the shelf car paints pre-mixed then Vauxhall Smoke Silver is a great, modern day equivalent.
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Master Replicas replica, HMS kit built up by HMS and a GMRos early 2000s replica (which is a tad undersized) and the reverse of a VOY PADD made by me paint with Vauxhall Smoke Silver.
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Do you know the paintcode for that? We had Holden/ Vauxhall models here for a while.
 

AnubisGuard

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Baited breath time :) I'm waiting on a quote for GM18 from a local (same city across the harbour) reseller :)

Color code book is here! I went through all the years of GM paint codes to find the closest ones. I took comparison photos of each under direct sunlight and in shade.

First up, here's the one I think Plasti-Kote was matching. W15 Silver Sand Gray Poly, aka 32Y-8376 aka 90T-5701. Googling those latter codes don't match paint colors, but a search for "W15 Silver Sand" turns up a 1984 Pontiac color code of WA8311. Plasti-Kote's brand name for 7173 was Silver Sand Metallic, so I'm like 90% sure this was what the code was. It's almost spot-on, but in person the real 7173 is a tiny -- and I mean tiny -- bit warmer than the color chip. But this should be choice #1 if you can get it.

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Next up in "close enough" is a 1992 code, GM18U Med. Gray Poly, aka WA9289. It's a touch too dark but it's a warmer tone that matches 7173 a bit better. The difference looks greater in the photos than it does in person.

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And a 1995 GM code, GM15U Med. Gray Met. aka WA9739. It's pretty beige, but is closer than the GM18 WA216B I'd found before.

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There's also a couple non-GM ones I noticed that are okay matches, a Subaru color 49B Slate Metallic from 1995 and a Toyota color 923 Silver Taupe Metallic, also from '95.

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