National Gray Paint

Glen Zook gzook at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jul 26 18:47:15 EDT 2004

I have come up with the formula for the gray paint
that was used on some of the National receivers just
after World War II.  This paint was matched to the
inside of the cabinet of an NC-2-40DT receiver from
next to the chassis where no oxidation, dirt, etc.,
had gotten to it.  That particular color (the original
shade!) was definitely a "bit" different from the rest
of the receiver.

In fact, the inside of the cabinet was lighter in
color than the outside (which had over 50 years of
dirt accumulation) and the portion that was in contact
with the chassis was even lighter!  All of the cabinet
was painted at the same time!  I did take some
household cleanser (Ajax) and clean a small spot on
the outside.  The color after removing many years of
grime was the same as that from the protected area.
Thus, wanting the original color I had
Sherwin-Williams match that which had not been exposed
to the elements.

The formula is for one quart of acryllic latex satin
finish.  The basic tint is Ultradeep Base 6403-25981.

BAC Colorant  OZ  32  64  128

B1 Black       -  41   1    -
R2 Maroon      -   -   -    1
Y3 Deep Gold   -   6   -    -
W1 White       -  18   -    -
R4 New Red     -   -   1    1

I use satin finish on all of the paints that I have
matched for boat anchor cabinets and the finish comes
out pretty much as the original.

Glen, K9STH

Glen, K9STH

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