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Dove Grey paint.

Posted by patrick_mullen at June 28. 2017

They say you should learn something every day.  Today I was at the paint counter of a local motor factors-not my normal one-  and I asked if he could mix Ford dove grey and quoted him a 1980 Ford paint code.  He said No he couldn't as his computer could only mix standard colours in 2K paint but he then surprised me by saying that his computer screen had Dove Grey listed as a standard British Standards colour.  He showed me the screen and the colour code is definitely listed as Dove Grey with the reference BS381C - 694. The shade appears much greyer than I normally expect.

So as this is a standard British Standards (BS) code surely Norton used this back in 1959;they used BS538 for their Post Office Reds. They most definitely would not have used the RAL standard which is the German/EU standard. Why did they call it Dove Grey if it was their own paint mix?

I think I will buy a litre and test it out on the Yamton.  It needs some refreshing anyway and the quoted price of £17.91 per litre sounds reasonable; so mixed 4/1/1 that gives a litre and a half of paint.

Re: Dove Grey paint.

Posted by patrick_mullen at June 28. 2017

Oh yes. I bought some wet n dry paper while I was there and the brand name is = NORTON. (made in Brazil).  Pure coincidence.

Re: Dove Grey paint.

Posted by Neil Wyatt at June 29. 2017

I saw this paint on a Dommie a couple of years ago, nice job but it really is grey.

As said before, if you want it to look like the original Norton Dove Grey then RAL 1013 is it.  Your choice.

Re: Dove Grey paint.

Posted by patrick_mullen at June 29. 2017

I'm not disagreeing with you- . Painting modern vehicles is SO simple as modern paint codes are unbelievably accurate in matching the colour;  you just spray on the paint and it matches perfectly first time. Back in the sixties/seventies matching was done by eye and the skill of the 'paintman'.  I used to do some painting for a car dealer who bought ex-police cars (mostly Triumph 2.5 PI )and you couldn't believe how many different shades of white they were even when they came from the same Police force.  And the Royal Mail vans were all sorts of different shades of red.

 

Re: Dove Grey paint.

Posted by Gordon Johnston at June 29. 2017

And 50 shades of grey?

Re: Dove Grey paint.

Posted by patrick_mullen at June 29. 2017

I can remember Johnny Cash singing 40 shades of green.  That was a bit hit in 1959.

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