Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

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deancamp
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Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby deancamp » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:01 pm

I got my Mother's Martin house when she passed away. From my research on this site I have determined it is a Duracraft DH12. I am remodeling it to raise and lower on a Trio Castle pole. As I have it completely taken apart to redrill the center hole for the bigger pole I thought it would be a good idea to paint it. I am struggling to find a green spray paint to come close to matching the original color. Has anyone repainted a Trio or Duracraft and had luck closely matching the green color without a color match. I am hoping for a rattle can solution. Thanks for any and all help.

C.C.Martins
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Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020:?
Home colony: 17 natural gourds, one 6 compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony Oso bay preserve: 12 gourds: excluder, troyer horizontal, super gourds with tunnels. 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: ?
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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby C.C.Martins » Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:56 pm

Wasnt too familiar with a duracraft, had to look it up ☺
Looks like a heath house? I wouldnt worry too much about matching the paint to an exact spec. Martins wont mind. Close is good enough, but you have to live with the looks!
Sounds like a complete re-do, why not paint the walls and roof white? Help to reflect the sun and keep things cooler.
While its all apart any plans on making the rooms bigger?
Tom
Tom

2016- two visitors
2017- 5 pair 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs 85 Fledged
2019-17 pair 81 fledged
2020:

Satellite location: oso bay preserve 12 gourds, modified trio
2019: Visitors
2020: hopeful!!!

deancamp
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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby deancamp » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:18 pm

Yeah, it's me I'm worried about. The Martins would probably prefer it being old and dirty looking. I did drill a 3" hole in side walls to expand the compartments, bedrooms are all through the hole on the left. :) I would like to keep the exterior as close to original as possible.

PMDavid
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Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby PMDavid » Sun Jan 26, 2020 3:25 pm

Hey there dean, kinda surreal you asking about the color on the house. Just last week I had the spray paint area in Lowe’s stunk up testing colors. They had a dark green that was too dark . The best I could do was plain green or John Deere green. I actually got the JD green. I finally had to kinda do what Tom said.....close enough was good enough. I have an old torn up trio I got just for a door or two,and taped off the green strip down the side and sprayed it,it looked pretty good! I was gonna quickly repaint an older one I have up and decided to just let it ride till after season and do it then so the smell of new paint could wear off till next season. Any way ,that was my choice. You may also check at a auto body paint place for some dupli-color for cars . Not sure though about the thinners in that type of paint . It may re act with the paint on your house and make it wrinkle up. Good luck with your venture. David

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Martin Colony History: 2016- didnt know anything about martins, put up an all wrong house in 2016 and had two come by and inspect all the cavities. Left soon after not to return. Learned what i could on PMCA, made adjustments and next year was sucessful.
2017- 5 pair. 15 fledged.
2018-18 pair. 85 fledged.
2019- 17 pair. 81 fledged
2020:?
Home colony: 17 natural gourds, one 6 compartment house. All SREH.
Satelite colony Oso bay preserve: 12 gourds: excluder, troyer horizontal, super gourds with tunnels. 6 room trio mino castle with enlarged compartments.
2019: Visitors
2020: ?
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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby C.C.Martins » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:48 pm

Dean, i think we all are the same. Martins are a day or two late, we stress. They show up and take off for a few days we stress. They balk at SREH we stress!
Davids got a good idea take a piece to lowes and drive the paint department nuts matching it.
Tom

2016- two visitors
2017- 5 pair 15 Fledged
2018-18 pairs 85 Fledged
2019-17 pair 81 fledged
2020:

Satellite location: oso bay preserve 12 gourds, modified trio
2019: Visitors
2020: hopeful!!!

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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby daveh » Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:59 pm

I have trio houses and the paint I found that was close to the trio color was rustoleum hunter green spray paint.

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PMDavid
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Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby PMDavid » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:57 pm

Hey there Dave, I either missed the hunter green or they were out? But,I think I will check the other Lowe’s and see if they have that and spray a sample. The John Deere green is pretty darn green! Something a little toned down may be better.
Good luck with ur birds this season.
David

deancamp
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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby deancamp » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:32 pm

PMDavid, haha are you going to the other Lowes because they won't let you back in the paint department after smelling it up on your last outing. :). Daveh, the hunter green is on my short list. Thanks for the help guys.

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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby billb » Sun Jan 26, 2020 10:55 pm

Hello Dean:
I have an old Duracraft 12 compartment house that's been repainted 3 times now. I used Rustoleum Hunter Green (glossy) for the porches and Rustoleum Glossy White for the walls. I assume you have the snap on walls. Bought paint at Home Depot. Martins have thrived for the 9 seasons at this location with a full house the last 4 years despite my quick, sloppy paint touchups.

This will be the last year for this one as corrosion is methodically eating the aluminium away, particularly on the 3 apartment floors where I attached Troyer Horizontal gourds. Already added secondary metal and now acrylic floors to those compartments.

Good Luck! Bill Banks

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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby deancamp » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:07 am

Yes it has the snap in doors. I should have mentioned it is the castle style house. It originally had 3 floors, 18 compartments and I have converted to 9 compartments. I will also be adding porch dividers.

PMDavid
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Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby PMDavid » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:27 pm

Yep dean that’d be a good idea. I did a light coat and fanned it dry then did a second coat on two different pieces! It wasn’t nothin nice down that isle! I’m gonna have a look at the hunter green and if if get some of these houses I see around I may go ahead and take em apart and start on that for next year . David

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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby deancamp » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:16 pm

Hey guys, after much anguish and debate with
myself, I decided on a "green grass" color I found at Menards. It is a little bit lighter than the original color, but I felt it to be the closest I could get.

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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby deancamp » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:20 pm

This is a comparison original vs green grass.
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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby Dave Reynolds » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:26 pm

.... Dean ... That looks like a good match.... I don’t think the Martins will complain..

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PMDavid
Posts: 383
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: Second year trying to attract martins. This year I am getting rid of the wooden house and showing something they are used to seeing.
Offering 2 trio grandpaws w/2natural gourds under each and C.Abare gourd rack w/16 natural gourds. And one rehabbed 16 compartment Coates original with two natural gourds.Lots of lookers,a few overnighters and daily activity cruising and looking. All gourds have a rain canopy and wire perch.2019 7 pair moving into 2020 almost double pairs from 2019. Still have most of the month of March to go for new arrivals and April.

Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby PMDavid » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:37 pm

Good job dean,it just don’t get any closer than that man.

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Re: Duracraft DH12 remodel/color match

Postby Brad Biddle » Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:49 pm

Yeah, it's me I'm worried about.
From one guy with OCD, to the other, your paint matches pretty dog gone good.
Martin landlord since 2003. Currently offering 132 plastic gourds with tunnels and all SREH.


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