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Old 06-30-2005, 03:45 PM
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Vinyl/Leather Repair FORMULA (BLUE)

Everyone probably has seen the vinyl repair kits at the auto stores. While the MB Grey is simple to mix (and match) the dark blue had me screaming. Guess I didn't pay attention in art class. Anyways - here is the formula working with the base colors supplied with those simple $9 kits.

To mix “MBJ452 Blue”, you will need to start with “Blue” and then add a small amount of Black to darken the color a bit. You then may have to add a small amount of “Red” or “Maroon” to enhance the “Brightness” of the color. Only add very small amounts at a time to avoid putting too much of a color into the mixture. It is best to continually add small amounts of a color until it is correct, rather than having to compensate for a excess amount.


If adding a small amount of color to the mixture brings you a little closer to the goal color, then continue adding small amounts until it no longer brings a desirable affect. It will then be necessary to add a different color to the mixture. Examine the difference between the two colors to determine the “Tone” of the mixture. Keep in mind that you are not able to remove anything from the mixture, but only add to it. You will have to think in terms of “What does the mixture need to match the original color?” Occasionally it may be necessary to add a color that does not seem to be appropriate to the mixture. This is due primarily to the fact that it may be required to compensate for an excessive amount of a particular color.


Blue (with Green tone):
Starting Base:
Blue, Black, Green, White, Yellow.


Percentages will be determined by color to which you are matching.
Darken:
Black: Darkens but kills “Brightness” of Blue tone.
Brown: Darkens while dulling blue tone.
Lighten:
White: Lightens all colors. Will create a “Milky” effect in larger percentages.

Tone:
Blue, Yellow, Green, Brown.
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