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    I am in love with this colour. Green #3
    but I can't seem to find Kirby's in Australia. Any ideas anyone?

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    Drop George Kirby a line. He's a great guy. He also managed to get some of his paint to Italy, for my father's Beetle Cat, so there may be an international shipping option already in place, just not front and center on their website.

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    Most specialist paint shops will colour match any paint for you.

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    I'm fond of Kirby, of course, but partly that's because I value local family owned businesses. Surely there's a family owned paint outfit down there someplace that you could use.

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    Alex, I messaged him yesterday but as yet no reply. Impatient? Me?
    Phil, I was going to use international paints but there greens are not to my liking. What marine paint system would one use to colour match it?
    Ian, not that I know of. I will dig a little deeper. Someone needs to import this stuff.

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    Morning update. I called this company http://www.norglass.com.au/
    they basically said if I can find the colour (or close as) on a dulux chart they can work from there. Another guy said dulux 2pac poly will work just as well.

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    I don't blame you a bit if you find the color and have a locally-available paint tinted; it could save you a lot of headache. That said, I will put in a plug for Kirby's as not just having good colors --they custom tinted me a blue-grey for Bucephalus, too-- but the paint itself (I use their semi-gloss) is the best I've ever used. Beats Z-Spar, Interlux, and Pettit (I've used all three prior to Kirby's), hands down.

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    I will still await there reply Alex. I'm sure dulux will not be the same, in colour or quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geftb View Post
    Alex, I messaged him yesterday but as yet no reply. Impatient? Me?
    Phil, I was going to use international paints but there greens are not to my liking. What marine paint system would one use to colour match it?
    Ian, not that I know of. I will dig a little deeper. Someone needs to import this stuff.
    I think specialist paint shops can just match the colour for you, doesn't matter what brand.

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    I will still await there reply Alex.
    Shall I rattle their cage for you? Probably an easier and cheaper phone call from here in the US. Just let me know.

    Alex

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    All good thanks. I have had two replies the last 2 days. First one, they have no supplier outside the US, second they don't ship internationally. They did mention the Italian shipment and that the customer organise there own shipment. Being oil based it is considered dangerous goods.
    International paints it will be. I had a chat to a rep yesterday and his coming out to the boat next week and we can work out a plan. They have a dedicated colour matching centre in New Zealand which I can send a colour sample to and they will formulate it which then gets sent back here to be made up. You'd think we live in the Deep South or something.

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    They did mention the Italian shipment and that the customer organise there own shipment.
    That sounds like something my father would know how to do. Oh well. Sorry it couldn't work out.

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    yeah, the price of shipping dangerous goods won't be viable.
    Thanks for your help

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    Take a look at Epifanes yacht enamel. They have some nice greens.

    https://www.epifanes.com/page/colors#yacht

    Looks like this is the distributor in Oz. https://www.ardonmarine.com.au

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    Those epifanes colours look good, I might have to track some down in my state as well

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    Thank you Nicholas

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