[WWI] Paint lids: was Re: Tool trolley?

Dave Calhoun davecww1 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 13 08:39:00 EDT 2013

Sounds like you both have good ideas. How about getting a white round label (.5" for Humbrol and similar tins and small Testors bottles and 1" diameter for Model master, Misterkit and other larger bottles.)  Write the color name with a fine point sharpie across the middle and lower half if it is a long name, and put a toothpick full of color on the upper part of the label.  Then you will be able to quickly identify certain color ranges, and read the description if you need to tell if that brownish color is French chestnut or French chestnut w/ aluminum powder.  Works especially good for custom mixes.  This is just an idea, I have not yet tried it, I usualy just put a dab of paint on top of the bottle but have noticed that I have a lot of olive green looking bottles and it always takes me ten minutes to find the correct color when sorting between USMC green, field drab, olive drab, artillery olive, dark green (French) Dark green (German) etc.
Dave C
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Been thinking about this.

Since I'm usually reading some directions to paint this color or that, it's
easiest and most accurate for me to read the name of the color and look for
that name rather than read the name, visualize the color, and then look for
that color.

I also noticed that I prefer to /also/ read the names of the several
Colourcoat paint tins that I have rather than just relying on the painted

Clearly though, visualizing the color or perhaps directly looking for the
color from an illustration may be easier for others.

Perhaps this gets back to how we communicate. Alternatively, perhaps you
first used, say, Humbrol tins with their painted lids, while I first used
jars with printed names. Yes, I can see the color though the glass, but I
still prefer the name.

On Aug 12, 2013 9:45 AM, "Thayer Syme" <thayer at gryffinaero.com> wrote:

> Fair enough. Sounds like a dab of paint on the white label might be a good
> strategy.
> Depends on the palette I suppose. My preference is the name so I don't
>> have to pick up the jar to distinguish among related shades.
>> --
>> dnl
>> On Aug 12, 2013 9:08 AM, "Thayer Syme" <<mailto:thayer at gryffinaero.**com<thayer at gryffinaero.com>
>> >thayer at gryffinaero.com> wrote:
>> Speaking of organizing, I just figured out that a P-Touch labler allows
>> me to put a small label on the tops of paint jars so I can keep the jars in
>> boxes yet still rapidly find the color I want.
>> Is seeing the name more important than seeing the color? The first thing
>> I paint with a new jar is always part of the lid.
>> Thayer
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