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Old 24 February 2012, 14:13   #1
Country: UK - England
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Searider question...

I have been going through old posts and only managed to confuse myself. I am trying to match as close as possible the colour code for the SR4.7 in the attached photo. I realise that due to fading I will not get an exact match but I would like to try and get it as close as possible.

The plate on the SR4.7 indicates that it is a 1999 year build.

In a post from 'JSP' he said he received information direct from Avon. The information was that in 1999 Avon changed from using Tangerine Orange and went to International Orange colour code RAL 592.
Going on this information and pictures in the post I would have said my boat was the RAL 592 colour.
Searider Orange

However in a post from 'Whisper' there are some colour examples of Gel Coat and from this I would have said the correct colour for my boat was RAL 2002 also called international orange.
Whisper’s Searider Project

Going by the attached RAL chart I would again say RAL 2002 was the closer match.
RAL and BS colour chart | on site sprayers | Icom sps HVLP specialist

Does anyone know the definitive answer or could offer some advice?

With thanks...
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Old 24 February 2012, 19:56   #2
Country: UK - Wales
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Make: Vipermax 5.8, SR4.7
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Red/orange pigments are awful for fading, so while your RIB has the later colour, you'll probably find that a touch up flow/gelcoat will be a different shade and would need some blending in of different pigment(s) to make a decent match.

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Old 27 February 2012, 14:38   #3
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Hi, Thanks for the PM and nice rib you have there

I bought mine form east coast fibreglass:

Coloured Flowcoat/Topcoat - East Coast Fibreglass Supplies

Mine has ral 2002 on it but on their website it nows says a BS number, if I were you I would give them a call and ask to speak to the technical guy as he is really very helpful.

I bought Gelcoat, flowcoat and gelcoat filler all mixed up in ral2002 international orange.

With regards to the fading I used a fine grade of wet and dry used wet and the original colour will start to show when you sand back your repairs. Don't try and rub down the whole boat, just the area around the repair, keep the area small with a very light rubbing motion and keep adding water.

After finishing my SR4 I realised that the sea didn't care if my rib was faded or not although once you get the hang of it you can work wonders.

Here's a before and after picture on my 4.7 console after I did a repair and blended in a faded area.
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Old 27 February 2012, 15:08   #4
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Thanks for the information.
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