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Quad 405 case refurb

Discussion in 'classic' started by lilolee, May 27, 2018.

  1. lilolee

    lilolee pfm Member

    I have a really scruffy 405-2 which I fancy repainting.

    Any clues as to what paint to use which matches closely the original?

    And what should I do about the odd knock on the anodised heatsinks
     
  2. 405man

    405man pfm Member

    Rover gunmetal from Halfords is a close match to the grey finish. you can lightly spray the heatsinks with satin black which will give you a close match to the later 405-2s

    Stuart
     
  3. lilolee

    lilolee pfm Member

    Stuart thanks for that. Mine however are the strange green/brown/grey colour.
     
  4. rhgbristol

    rhgbristol pfm Member

    The 405 and 405/2 originally had black anodised front heatsink fins. These can be refurbished by disassembling, cleaning throroughly (two halves if I remember) and lightly respraying with a satin black rattle can finish. Rustoleum is a good paint for this - nice quality paint, and good non drip nozzle.

    Regards the rest of the case work, older ones were a greeny brown, later ones more a grey - the rover colour as mentioned above is probably the nearest commonly available colour.

    As regards the older colour, I can only suggest taking a sample part of the casework and seeing what rattle can tops compare favourable.

    A rub down with fine grade wet and dry emery paper and maybe grey primer/ further light rub down will yield good results.

    As with all spraying, several light coats and not rushing the job will pay dividends.

    Quad in Huntingdon service dept may be able to help with the colour and there may be a RAL code they can give you. The guy there to ask for is Rob - who has been there years and knows the kit inside out.
     
  5. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    You could do worse than talk to a local car place, they might do it for a few quid. Rattle cans are not the cheapest these days, you will pay £8 a go in a car shop unless you are prepared to use generic blacks and whites from Poundland. The older Quad colour is unusual but you are right, Rover did a greenish met grey that isn't far off.
     
  6. lilolee

    lilolee pfm Member

    Cheers for the advice guys. I'll check out the options and post my finding here.
     
  7. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    The thing that is odd with the Quad colours is they are both a matt sheen and close to a metal-flake. Very hard to emulate and I’ve never yet seen a respray that looks right.
     
  8. Matty297

    Matty297 pfm Member

    Try Volvo lava sand pearl!
     
  9. lilolee

    lilolee pfm Member

    ^Mine aren't Grey so that won't do.

    I'm going to try Vauxhall Sovereign Gold, with Grey Primer after a rub down with T Cut and maybe some filler.
     

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