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Wurlitzer 112a paint?

Started by autok, November 16, 2021, 08:51:10 PM

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autok

Anyone know how to find/recreate that original 112 (a) paint?

Alan Lenhoff

The original paint was a unique Zolatone-brand speckled paint, which was often used in car trunks and Airstream trailers in the 1950s. It was sprayed on, and contained little colored particles that "exploded" upon impact with a surface.  The company is still in business. https://www.zolatone.com/  I think it's unlikely that you'll find the same color available today, however, and it takes professional spray equipment (and probably some skill and experience) to get the job done right. For that reason, the leading vintage keys shops tend to send out instruments that need re-painting to piano shops, and typically have them painted in solid colors. I've not ever heard of a Wurli being restored in recent years with actual Zolatone paint, but maybe someone has.

Some hobbyists have tried spray paints like this:  http://www.hobbylinc.com/testors-fx-spray-enamel-texture-sand-2-9-oz-hobby-and-model-enamel-paint-79601?source=froogle&gclid=Cj0KCQiAkNiMBhCxARIsAIDDKNXd7C33IwZNWBrc_ZBzr55mGdMDsAXGSRQYqMj70ij-RIEOFR5a0_IaAjKWEALw_wcB  They come in various shades, some of which are sort of in the spirit of the original, but don't match it.  I can't speak to the results you'd get from using a rattle can.

If it were my piano, and it needed a full paint job, I'd probably send it to a pro, and have it painted a beautiful glossy white or black.

Alan
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autok

This is so helpful, thank you! I'll let you know what I end up doing, but this is great info.

Alan Lenhoff

Good luck with your project.  Post some photos when you're done!

Alan
Co-author, "Classic Keys: Keyboard Sounds That Launched Rock Music"

Learn about the book: http://www.classickeysbook.com/
Find it on Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1574417762/

1965 UK Vox Continental;1967 Gibson G101 organ; 1954 Hammond B2; Leslie 21H; Leslie 31H; 1974 Rhodes Mark I Stage 73; 1972 Rhodes Sparkletop Piano Bass; 1978 Hohner Clavinet D6; 1968 Hohner Pianet N II; 1966 Wurlitzer 140B; 1980 Moog Minimoog Model D; 1983 Roland JX-3P; 1977 Fender Twin Reverb; 1983 Roland JX-3P synth; Vox AC30CC2X amp.
(See the collection: https://vintagerockkeyboards.com/ )