What Colour Wheel is best for surfboard restoration?

I’m about to buy a colour wheel to match colours when doing ding repairs on old boards.

Are any colour wheels much better than others for this purpose?

There is a bewildering variety of them available but I could not find specific advice on Swaylocks, just numerous mentions that a colour wheel is what one needs…

Thanks, Mik


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Pantone book? Match the color and mix the colors below the swatch? 

Thanks,for the hint, but there are about 5 times as many Pantone books, blocks, postcards, anwhatnot’s than colour wheels. Looks like Pantone stuff is more about choosing and naming and communicating colours, than matching colours.

I’ve solved the conundrum for now by ordering the cheapest colour wheel I could find, which looks about the same as most of the others.


It’s for acrylic paints.


Well, I think it might be better to use a colour wheel for water paints and to use actual water paints to hide the repairs.

I did a bit of experimenting today and it turns out that water-colour pencils paint nicely onto slightly sanded Q-cell / UV resin mix. Then, brush it with a brush and a small amount of water to blend it in and then glass over  it.

The resin did not cause the water-colours to run. and they can be endlessly re-done until it looks just right for glassing.

Just need to figure out how much the glassing will change the appearance of the water-colours.

The theory of my Pantone book is that regardless of the color name or number, the hundreds of swatches would allow you to roughly assess the color match on the board then underneath the swatch are the colors and percentages to mix up the acrylic color your matching to the existing color on the board. Overkill maybe but, seems like the most accurate way if it’s important to getting a color match as close as possible. The starter Pantone coated book would be sufficient I’d imagine. 

Plus, if you’re going through the trouble to post a question it’s obviously something you want to figure out. Just thought it might help. Good luck.

Thank you, Surfnspy, it is helpful indeed and much appreciated.

I had a look at a dozen Pantone books on ebbay and none explained how it works.

The Pantone system is used mostly by printers doing magazines or other publications. It is based on CMYK color combinations, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Computers, TVs, and electronic cameras use the RGB color system, Red, Green, Blue.

There are different ways of creating color combinations, hue, saturation and brightness would be the 3 key components. There’s the LAB system, and HEX values that the internet uses too. Not sure how useful Pantone would be for general art supplies, except that there’s values in there for the individual components. You should ask the store you get your supplies from, there may be something specific for the type of markers or paint you use.

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