SGI Colors for Paint

jenna64bit

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Out of curiosity, does anyone have Pantone or even just RGB color codes for the major & minor color of various SGI machines? EG - what's the original green for an Octane, or the purple and the gray base color of an O2+ ?
 

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All I can say is many of my machines have definitely drifted from their original color, so it might be hard even with a Pantone color book 😄
 

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The only problem with that is that images are not always colour accurate! Maybe take a look at the inside surfaces of your machines plastics, as they should be the original colour, and if not, pretty darn close!
 

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The only problem with that is that images are not always colour accurate! Maybe take a look at the inside surfaces of your machines plastics, as they should be the original colour, and if not, pretty darn close!
If the original poster could do that they’d have no need to post their original question. Plus the standards quoted were web and/or print color standards.

If they had a studio color scanning pickup device then they might have a good enough starting place.
 

jenna64bit

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Sadly not. The inside of my O2 is blue-er but doesn't seem to be untouched. I'm fairly sure my Octane2 is its original color. My Octane(1) shell is a very dark green and doesn't resemble the images I see like this:



In the SGI RGB colors file there are a couple colors that I'm curious about. One is labeled as "SGI Teal" / #388E8E:

That seems like it could be a match?

The other I saw in there was #8E388E for "SGI Beet". It doesn't look to me like the O2+ purple, maybe closer to the Indigo2?



These are the closest and "most officialest" feeling of them I've seen.
 

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My O2, Indy R5000, Indigo2 R4000, Octane, Octane2, Tezro, both IRIS Indigos and 320 Visual Workstation are all in their original colours.

The Indigo2 MAX IMPACT is darker than it originally was and the Onyx2 is now painted white.
 

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Unfortunately exposure to heat also causes plastic to discolour. Therefore it would be better to look at the inside surfaces which are less exposed to heat when the machine runs.
 
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Not going to work so easily unfortunately as photographic shots of products would be subject to different lighting, lens and post processing techniques. I’ve asked our repro company a similar question related to vintage tamiya model kits - same answer. Also, which part of the product do you reference as almost every shot will have ever so slightly different levels of exposure or brightness across a surface. Unless you can find a perfectly uniformly exposed surface it’s gonna be tough. Closest you’ll get to is modern colour matching based on a near mint / non-UV / non-heat exposed sample I feel.

I’ve had about 6 original Octane skin sets, 2 in near mint condition and the closest colour matching areas were on the inside of the case.

You’ll get close with marketing material though, the teal and beet above look like Indigo2 colours to me. You'd get very close if you can find marketing material with colour register marks included...

Edit - Also, isn't the purple Tezro colour similar to an O2+? I've never seen a Tezro in the skin but from photos it looks very close. Though, some photos show the Tezro as blue rather than purple.

Your grey base for the O2+ may be something close to "SGI Darkgrey" aka Davys Grey #555555, rgb(85,85,85)
 
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if You want to match the dark grey colour of the later systems, I have used Tamiya German Grey plastic sprat paint. The match is almost perfect. If you clear coat, use a satin clear. I refinished my 23” Sony monitors and external hard drives this way, see below:
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