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Trying to repaint your Dawn vice and not sure which colour will match the original? Find out what we have tried below. We are trying to find an off-the-shelf tin or spraycan that will be a close match for the originals.
Note: Dawn have told me that the official colour is currently Pantone colour code PMS7420.
Dawn Vices have been a variety of colours over the years, depending on what material the vice was made from and probably a number of other factors. I put a 2015-made vice next to a 2017-made vice and they were close in colour but definitely not identical, so attempting to match "the" Dawn colour is not going to be successful - there's a wide range of factory colours. The older ones appear to be a lighter red, where the more current red is darker. For the red found on the older ones we have tried White Knight Gloss Indian Red - here it is next to a 2017-built Dawn vice, which is notably more maroon than the older colours:
Here it is on the repainted vice:
That's not exactly a close match to the current colour but it is closer to what they used to be like, judging by the paint colour on the underside and inside areas of some of the vices I have had.
Now, we have a fabricated 150mm Dawn here that we have tried another colour on to more closely match the colour of current Dawn vices:
You can see the original colour of the fabricated vice on the underside here - it's definitely a much lighter red than the current vices:
Here's another choice - this one is rather a lot more jolly than the original colour of the 6SP:
Very... fire-engine red?
Tim Murphy sent in a vice he did in Rustoleum Gloss Colonial Red:
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