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clyde mclaughlin
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engine paint color

Post by clyde mclaughlin » Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:26 pm

  • Is there only one chris craft blue engine paint?? or were early engines a different blue than later ones?? thanks Clyde '17 barrelback

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Post by Pete DeVito » Thu Feb 19, 2009 10:12 pm

Don Ayers wrote a great article March 2007 in the Brass Bell on this subject. Go to the archives and pull it up on a search "engine paint color" This should give you the accurate information you are looking for.

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Post by DLKster » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:39 am

For the post-War lighter blue, try Plasticote Hi-temp (to 500 degrees) Engine paint GM Corporate Blue No. 221. I'll be darned if I can tell the difference between it and this "Chris Craft Marine" blue the restoration supply people sell for $9 or $10 a can. The cap color looks darker, but when you actually spray it on, only a "young researcher" could tell the difference.

I got some at a local "Tractor Supply" store.
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Post by Al Benton » Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:25 pm

Even a "young researcher" may not detect which is which on thost two colors but even my 66 year old eyes can spot the darker pre-war blue that Clyde would need.


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Post by tom king » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:35 pm

Curt Clark provided me this forumula for the darker pre war blue:

These are the specs to make a one quart mix. Any NAPA store that mixes paint can do this.

Make: Martin-Senour Co.
Type: Acrylic Enamel
Name: Baltic Blue
Number: 99-1314 00(L)
Colorants and amounts:

9810 Green 9.0
9801 Black 147.0
9800 White 373.0
9835 Mix Drier 418.0
9820 G S Blue 928.0

Thinner - NAPA Part # 8832
Cleaner - NAPA Part #6384
Primer - NAPA Part #8098
Hardener - NAPA Part #8850


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