Bushwack Posted April 24, 2013 Share Posted April 24, 2013 Just as a matter of record should someone search for this information. I’m going leave out much of the back story for if included, this would read as a novel.I had to change the horn buttons on my gray interior convertible. I had a pair of horn buttons in light graphite that came from a Roadmaster. Based on past information available here and a couple exchanges of e-mail with forum members, I went shopping for an aerosol can of SEM 15873 (Medium Slate Gray). For a variety of reasons (air quality restrictions, availability, local government nonsense), this color couldn’t be found and/or mixed for an aerosol in Los Angeles (I don’t need the color in liquid form). After looking at a color chart from a nearby SEM vendor, I purchased a standard Light Gray color (SEM #17123).I sprayed the horn buttons and the color was maybe a shade or two lighter to the color of the airbag and the original horn buttons. Acceptable but I had an epiphany and decided to look on eBay for SEM 15873 (Medium Slate Gray). Found a can for a few dollars in Michigan, it arrived in a couple days and I re-sprayed one of the buttons. The color was significantly darker (but not as dark as the original graphite color from a Roadmaster) than the bad horn buttons it was to replace. I called SEM in South Carolina and asked a tech if there should be a color difference between an aerosol and liquid. Answer was no.To summarize, I ended up have both ‘new’ horn buttons sprayed SEM 17083 (Light Gray). I found the SEM 15783 too much of a darker contrasting color to the airbag and darker than the original horn buttons that came with the Reatta. Maybe I had a poorly formulated aerosol can (was produced at the SEM facility last November), but for a standard SEM color, #17083 (standard Light Gray) works. Also, I found that after spraying the first two coats lightly, I put the third coat on thick and it darkened the color to where if one didn’t know any better, it matches extremely well with the airbag. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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