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Hoover Constellation paint codes/restoration
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Post# 189898   7/14/2012 at 17:30 (4,155 days old) by ryry_87 (Earth)        

My partner was recently given a lovely little swedish green and smoked pine Constellation thats in need of restoration. My question is, has anyone been able to successfully match up the paint colour and if so how? does anyone know what the codes are?

Post# 189899 , Reply# 1   7/14/2012 at 17:52 (4,155 days old) by Brandon_W_T ()        

Oh my! Beautiful Connie!

That color over here was called Garland green (the lower half) (my favorite shade of hoover green!)

The pale green... Not sure on that one.

Post# 189936 , Reply# 2   7/14/2012 at 22:47 (4,155 days old) by vacu-finder ()        

Yup great Connie color indeed

Post# 189993 , Reply# 3   7/15/2012 at 09:52 (4,155 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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any auto paint store will be able to match the colour, Just take them a sample , , try and find a piece under a handle or inside that hasn't faded, I would suggest having it media blasted first, however you will normally have to buy half a litre of it. They can also make any colour you want too.
You other option is powder coating and they should be able to get the colour mixed there two

I did this with a old BVC I am restoring.


Post# 190327 , Reply# 4   7/17/2012 at 12:51 (4,153 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
Hoover Constellation

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As Gareth has suggested a car body shop would get a close match, or a powder coater could get closer.
I go to a powder coater who shot blasts then re-powder coats.

Rust bucket

Post# 190328 , Reply# 5   7/17/2012 at 12:52 (4,153 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
Hoover Constellation

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Just like new

Post# 190330 , Reply# 6   7/17/2012 at 12:59 (4,153 days old) by ryry_87 (Earth)        

that yellow one is STUNNING! fantastic job

Post# 190331 , Reply# 7   7/17/2012 at 13:00 (4,153 days old) by ryry_87 (Earth)        

we have looked into getting powder coated but we was a bit worried about undoing the rivets etc. Is it difficult to do?

Post# 190368 , Reply# 8   7/17/2012 at 16:10 (4,153 days old) by gsheen (Cape Town South Africa)        

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Lee 'wow that yellow one is the best so far, I like the fact that you coloured the inlet ring too, looks lovely

Post# 190635 , Reply# 9   7/19/2012 at 18:39 (4,150 days old) by ryry_87 (Earth)        

it's a beauty, yellow connies have always been my favourite

Post# 190709 , Reply# 10   7/20/2012 at 10:53 (4,150 days old) by hotpoint95622 (Powys, UK)        
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No, itís not too big a job, Iím restoring a grey one at the moment so will take some photos over the next few days to help explain how to dismantle the casings, remove the motor and drill out the rivets.


Post# 190714 , Reply# 11   7/20/2012 at 12:11 (4,150 days old) by watsonw (Newport, Shropshire, UK)        
swedish green connie.


I would suggest a specialist car paint supplier who would blend the paint and fill an aerosol can(s) for you.

I managed this for a 1334A junior using such a supplier, but it is only fair to warn you that it is not a cheap way of achieving a 'near as damn it' result.

Regards, Walter, Newport, Shropshire.

Post# 431170 , Reply# 12   9/3/2020 at 07:15 (1,183 days old) by Ilovehoovers (England)        

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Is it hard to take the rivets out?

Post# 431178 , Reply# 13   9/3/2020 at 10:31 (1,183 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

No, you make sure you're drilling in the center with the right sized bit. Sometimes, a smaller bit for your pilot hole and then a larger bit to follow. Once the rivet is drilled out, a small punch is all you need to finish the job.

I agree on the auto paint as the best way to go. Powder coating is great, but the range of colors most places offer are disappointing.


Post# 431189 , Reply# 14   9/3/2020 at 14:33 (1,183 days old) by anthony (leeds uk)        
removing rivets

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I usually just grind the heads of with a Dremmel .It goes through them like butter .Theres something about a rusty old Connie [or any rusty vac ]that fascinates me and makes me want to open it more than ever

Post# 431195 , Reply# 15   9/3/2020 at 17:39 (1,182 days old) by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Dremel works great;hand piece works best unless you slip. But if you're going to repaint, no big deal.


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