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Post# 999292   7/4/2018 at 16:44 by sfh074 ( )        

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I've been working on Frigidaire caps and rings and love the '58-'62 color combination. Frigidaire must have loved it too because their ad campaign during those years showed the agitator column in just about every ad they put out. I was lucky enough to be given a near pristine (Bojack generic) set to borrow for color reference while reproducing the cap and rings. Every original Frigidaire example of cap or rings that I have are in terrible shape to reference color.

Not believing that these Bojack cap and rings actually were produced to exact Frigidaire colors, some of the originals I had were "sacrificed" to obtain the real color. One of my yellow lint rings and one of my coral circulator rings were so bad, I filleted them open to obtain fresh rubber and color. I then took them to the local PPG auto paint shop and had them use their fancy scanning machine to "read" the color of the lint, circulator and '61 cap I sacrificed. I then had them scan the 3 Bojack examples and they converted all values to an RGB equivalent. The Bojack examples turned out to be very close! I then took the Bojack cap and rings to Homer's and had them scan and make paint samples, so I could make big color swatches to reference from, when mixing rubber resin and dyes to match.

I then started thinking my laundry room should be painted using these colors, being the true die-hard Frigidaire (*nut*) that I am! If anyone else would like the color formulas, here they are. Homer's can easily convert these back to gallon and quart sizes since they made these 1/2 pint sample sizes.

It is also good to see that Frigidaire has not abandoned these colors. This picture below is found on their current website under "Washers". The towels in their latest washer offering reuses these same classic colors, 56+ years later!!

Bud - Atlanta, GA

Post# 999295 , Reply# 1   7/4/2018 at 17:10 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Wow Bud!  You are doing a wonderful job on these!  


If I hadn't mentioned this before, I'm interested in a set for my 59 Multi-Tragic, er Multi-Matic.... LOL 

Post# 999357 , Reply# 2   7/5/2018 at 07:50 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

That modern pic is clearly of a dryer... ;-)

Post# 999366 , Reply# 3   7/5/2018 at 09:58 by sfh074 ( )        
Yes, dryer ....

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but a laundry center combo pic.

Post# 999370 , Reply# 4   7/5/2018 at 10:29 by sfh074 ( )        
More Frigidaire colors ... don't forget the grey!

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I raced down to the basement this morning to unload the pressure pot and see how some of the stuff I put in there yesterday turned out.

'61-'62 cap - finally got the correct sheen! That took some trial and error ...

'52-'57 cap and '47- '57 upper ring. Both can be done in either black or grey depending on the year needed. I'm still working on the '56-'57 lower ring mold. The original ring I have has expanded over time. **DOES ANYONE HAVE A GOOD '56 LOWER I CAN BORROW?? PRETTY PLEASE!

Sorry, but my lighting and camera suck, making each pic look totally different in color.

Bud - Atlanta

Post# 999385 , Reply# 5   7/5/2018 at 12:13 by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Man, that cat is hard at work!

Everything is looking great! The color of the 61/62 cap looks WONDERFUL! But those greys - oh my, they look awesome!


This post was last edited 07/05/2018 at 15:10
Post# 999413 , Reply# 6   7/5/2018 at 16:21 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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What great work. I laughed at the cat until my sides were hurting!

Post# 999416 , Reply# 7   7/5/2018 at 16:40 by joelippard (Hickory, NC)        

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I never thought I would ever see such things as this being produced.

Post# 999451 , Reply# 8   7/5/2018 at 20:20 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Your efforts are truly outstanding! They look awesome!
I'm not familiar with these particular parts but I am just speechless! They look wonderful!!

Post# 999458 , Reply# 9   7/5/2018 at 21:01 by Losangeles (Muscle Shoals, AL 35661)        
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WOW!!! And OMG. can not wait to see what is next. The colors you have been able to reproduce are so awesome, I can almost smell the Tide of the 50's and 60's. Tommy

Post# 999460 , Reply# 10   7/5/2018 at 21:06 by sfh074 ( )        
Hippiedoll, my goal is ......

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to reproduce all of these rings, caps and pulsators up thru '64. I have very nice originals to make molds from ... EXCEPT the '56-'57 lower ring and a '58-62 circulator ring. The ones I have lack good detail or have expanded over time.

Bud - Atlanta

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