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German paint and its pigment components (spectrophotometer)?

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German paint and its pigment components (spectrophotometer)?

Postby Tommygunn » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:31 pm

Has anyone taken some good solid WW2 German paint samples and had them matched on a Spectrophotometer so that you now have the nitty gritty data of what pigments each paint is made from. For example, if we take Dunkelgelb the paperwork might say 50% yellow, 25% brown and 25% white or similar - hopefully something a bit more technical about the proportions.

So, if possible, can someone supply me with this info taken from genuine samples of Red Oxide, Dunkelgrau and Dunkelgelb?

Lastly, and I suppose the question I should have asked from the start, can I then take this info into the local paint shop where they could punch in the numbers and I would get the exact same colours?

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Re: German paint and its pigment components (spectrophotomet

Postby Sd.kfz.173 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:55 pm

Does this help? :cross:


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Re: German paint and its pigment components (spectrophotomet

Postby Tommygunn » Mon Feb 04, 2013 8:06 pm

Bill,
That looks great. Did you get those paints made up from an actual sample or was it from a modern RAL card?

Do you have a red oxide by any chance and can you point me to, or post up, some finished paint work with maybe an original, side by side comparison if possible?

Thanks in advance,
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Re: German paint and its pigment components (spectrophotomet

Postby DARIVS ARCHITECTVS » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:42 pm

The RAL numbers should be all you need to get the correct color for vintage paint. If you were to take a sample of original paint, it may be off color due to aging affecting the tint. The colors they originally used in the 1940's are well documented in RAL charts:

http://www.militaerlacke.de/lack/1kkunstharzlacke/wehrmacht/index.php

http://www.kern-gmbh.de/index.html?/kunststoff/service/lackierung/ral.htm
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