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Hi All,

Looking for some neon to match this small repair for a friend of mine. If any of you know where I might get a small quantity of the glass in the picture. Please message me.

Thanks and stay warm.




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If you shine a UV light on the phosphor on the inside, and look at it thru the end, you might be able to make an educated guess based on what color the phosphor is. There's probably only one choice out there really, in terms of what the colored glass itself is, but a few subtle choices in terms of the coating inside it.

In terms of getting the glass, you can either:

- buy from FMS, 1 pound increments on colored glass, 5lb increments on everything else: http://www.brillite.com/products.php


- buy from Ablon Technologies, nee Tecnolux, in 1 stick increments: http://tecnoluxglass.com/

If you call Ablon/Tecnolux with part #s and quantities, they'll mix and match a box for you; the best deal on shipping seems to be around 30 lbs, or three triangular boxes, but they'll ship tiny orders too.

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Hi George,

Thanks for the response. I have purchased glass from both places and appreciate your comments.My only hang up is their samples are computer generated and I don't want to buy the wrong kind. Based on the samples provided, would you feel comfortable making a suggestion as to which yellow the glass is?


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Since the glass itself is yellow, FMS only sells one option -- noviol gold. I would probably go with that, because it's going to be the cheaper option (since I order from them more than Tecnolux), and anyway it's never going to get a 100% perfect color match. But I'm sort of a fatalist like that (or a hack, I guess you could say.)

If you scrape some of the phosphor out of the tube and compare it to white tubes that you have around, you might be able to get a better answer out of someone else. I.e., if it's a yellow glass coated with a 4500° white phosphor, then you could email David Ablon and ask for his recommendation.

Looking at the picture again, are the white/silver stripes up and down the left parts of the tube reflections, or part of the glass? If it's a tube with yellow paint from a beer sign, then all of this is just hot air and it really doesn't matter.

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