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Paint code 3XB

Post by moskaski » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:41 pm
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Hi, Ive done some trawling today trying to hunt down this CF paint code, I believe the colour should be "Slate Green" This website ( http://vauxpedianet.uk2sitebuilder.com/ ... 0---cf-cf2 ) was the most useful but doesn't list the 3XB code or "Slate Green" on it's list of colours. Hoping to get paint manufactures codes for the colour.


Any help would be appreciated.

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:51 pm
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Is 3XB the first or second 3-character code on the Service Parts Identification plate (second row of codes)?
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Post by moskaski » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:55 pm
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Hi, 3XB is the first 3 character code.

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:00 pm
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I might have to trawl microfiches for this one: complete chassis number would help narrow things down (send it by PM if you don't want to make it public).
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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:10 pm
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Thanks for the PM. :thumb:

Luton build fits with Vauxhall colour 3XB Cargo Beige, 1980-84.

There is a slate green listed for CF2 models (1984-87) but no code - there seems to be even less paint information on these than previous models.

EDIT

Found a slate green for Bedford - 3GA, 1980-1996 - but I've no idea when CF paint codes changed from Vauxhall Motors to Bedford Commercials, or indeed if they ever did because trucks were built in Dunstable.

Colour under the SPI plate should be original but the stick-on plate can be a pain to remove.
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Post by moskaski » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:34 pm
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Hi,

Thanks for the information. There is still some evidence of the green so I'll maybe just have to get it colour matched.

I would have to buy one with a dodgy colour!

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:06 pm
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Have you tried feathering a patch of paint down to metal with fine wet and dry paper to disclose the factory primer and primer-surfacer layers in contours? The next layer up should be the factory colour.

Patch area will be best below 'waist' level: top half of the body shell wasn't dip coated at the factory so doesn't have the same paint cover.
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