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Harvest Gold Fade?
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Post# 947279   7/9/2017 at 08:18 by wigwag (San Diego)        

I'm still rebuilding the matching washer to the dryer but when I paired it with this low use LFA series I noticed how mismatched the colors were. Is this just fade on the dryer or are they actually different colors?

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Post# 947282 , Reply# 1   7/9/2017 at 08:47 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
I'm guessing

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They are different colours. There were more or less yellow-ish tints to the almond, bisque, etc. colours which came in during and after harvest gold. At least, that's how it looks to me. Won't the serial numbers tell you exactly?

Post# 947284 , Reply# 2   7/9/2017 at 09:01 by wigwag (San Diego)        
You're right

The dryer is Y, the washer is G.

Post# 947285 , Reply# 3   7/9/2017 at 09:14 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
There are a lot of Whirlpool experts

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here, somebody will certainly chime in soon with the exact colour codes. Sure are pretty machines!

You raise an interesting question - how much does porcelain fade? Enamel, sure - porcelain, though?

Post# 947286 , Reply# 4   7/9/2017 at 09:14 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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To me, it's easy to see that Harvest Gold was more of a yellow, and when the color was changed to Wheat, that was more of a Gold...

But you got me thinking from where the dryer is, that it is actually in Almond--from the view there, versus the lighting...

-- Dave

Post# 947292 , Reply# 5   7/9/2017 at 10:31 by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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I think you have some of both things going on. While the yellows and golds during the 70s were changed somewhat, especially when the switch was made from shaded to non-shaded colors, it looks like there is some degradation of the finish on the dryer top.

Porcelain does not seem to fade much, or at least nowhere nearly as fast as paint would. I have seen many examples over the years of washers left outside where the enamel was faded and becoming powdery dry, but the porcelain still retained much more if not most or all of it original appearance.

This can become very noticeable with dryers when compared to washers as dryer top panels take a lot of abuse from being used as storage shelves and from spillage of cleaning products. You might try a good automotive wax on the dryer top and see if it will improve the richness of the color or the overall shine. Just be sure to clean the surface very well first. I suspect you can buff the dryer some what and reduce the amount of obvious difference between the two machines.


Post# 947297 , Reply# 6   7/9/2017 at 11:01 by wigwag (San Diego)        

I wish I could find a matching dryer console to the washer but I can't and due to my obsession with a matching set, I'll finish the resto on the matching washer for the dryer, take the top from the LFA (I much prefer that color, and the door poke lid switch) and then paint both the matching washer and the dryer in the picture to match the top of the LFA. Ah the things we do for love.

Post# 947305 , Reply# 7   7/9/2017 at 11:38 by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
As long as you're repainting...

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...How about one of the pretty colors like PANK! or Turquaw? Buttercup yellow or Cadet Blue?

Poppy Red?

Post# 947376 , Reply# 8   7/9/2017 at 18:32 by wigwag (San Diego)        

I thought about that, but the cost of repainting the washers porcelain top is cost prohibitive. So the washer top dictates the set color.

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